The winners of the Department of Environment’s Marine Parks 25th Anniversary poster competition recently received their prizes.
Senior division winner Anastasaio Hebbert won an Olympus digital camera from Cathy Church’s Photo Centre, while junior category winner Aleksei Seymour received two tickets to any Cayman Airways destination.
Winners also walked away with Department of Environment gift bags containing Marine Parks 25th Anniversary T-shirts, brochures, colouring books, crayons and stickers.
The other senior winners were Thomas Lee Jackson, Mariah Freeman, Jordan Grant and Romario Ysaguirrie. In the junior category Makeda Harris, Nicola Galvin, Matteo Lazzari and Aniela McGarth were also awarded prizes.
As part of the silver anniversary celebrations, students designed posters depicting the theme Marine Parks: Save Our Tomorrow -Today. All posters were displayed during the department’s open house.
Gina Ebanks-Petrie, director of the department, said prizes were designed to stimulate the students’ appreciation for the environment. They included gifts and gift certificates from Atlantis Submarine, Cayman Islands Helicopters, Yamaha/Automotive Art, Cayman Sea Elements and Guy Harvey’s.
“The 50-plus entries were outstanding, and we also had great support from the sponsors who provided wonderful prizes,” said Mrs. Ebanks-Petrie.
“It’s vital that young people maintain an awareness of our natural environment, which is critical to the continued success of our Marine Parks and reefs. Millions of visitors view these priceless natural resources, and our coastal ecosystems and abundant marine life are vital to our economy – as well as to our quality of life.”
The Cayman Islands Government passed the Marine Parks Law in 1986, even before there was widespread international recognition of the ecological and economic importance of protecting marine life.
Poster winners from Cayman Brac’s Layman Scott High School will be presented with their prizes at the beginning of the school year.