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Hidden Thoughts of LD Art Competition (2011)

"Hidden Thoughts of LD 2011" Art Competition Winners and Runners Up


We were so excited to see all of the wonderful entries for this year’s “Hidden Thoughts of LD” Annual Art Competition. Thank you to all of the artists who entered the competition this year; it was more than enjoyable to review your work. It was a very difficult decision to make, with all of the great entries we received, but we are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s contest.

We awarded a $500 prize to the winner of each age group category (Child, Teen and Adult) and a $200 prize for each runner up. Congratulations to our Winners and Runners Up!

Child: (4-12)

Winner: Gianluca Bonavita, Drawn Different
Runner Up: Lauren Jeevanjee, My Hidden LD
Runner Up: Nathan McBride, My Mind

Click on images to view a description and full photo of each winning submission.

   

Honorable Mentions
  • Angelina Malatesta
  • John Pruitt
  • Joe Southwell
  • Camryn Williams



Teen: (13-17)

Winner: Dustin Dahlman, Greatness and Different
Runner Up: Colleen Ryans, Breaking Books

Click on images to view a description and full photo of each winning submission.

   

Runner Up: Drew Lynch, The Dyslexic Life (audio)
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I’ve never been shy about my dyslexia and I actually find it fun to be dyslexic, because I often make myself laugh by mis-reading sentences and forming funny sentences by accident. Some things are easy for me, for example, puzzle-like board games – like chess.
But my dyslexia also makes it difficult to do textbook assignments or any reading assignments. I’ve been able to overcome it somewhat with audio books. My dyslexia causes me to spend more time doing my studies, which takes away from other activities I like to do.
So there is some good and bad, ad I choose to focus on the positive because having trouble reading is a small negative compared to all the positive things dyslexia gives me.

Honorable Mentions
  • Kurt Borgeson
  • Victoria Hernandez
  • August Hunt
  • Delphine Murphy
  • Christopher Rogers
  • Charles Teissonniere



Adult: (18+)

Winner: Michael Clarke, Home Sweet Home
Runner Up: Elizabeth Knecht, My Beast and Me Live Alone
Runner Up: Israele Costa, Do Not Enter; Enter

Click on images to view a description and full photo of each winning submission.


Honorable Mentions
  • Luke DeLaura
  • Michael Nguyen
  • Sheamus O’Sullivan
  • Samantha Ruble