Live Deliberately Essay Contest

We are delighted to announce the 2014-2015 Contest Winners! 


 This year's prompt:

Oscar Palacio, Cooler and Jeans, Walden Pond, MA 2013, Inkjet Print, 32” x 40” (used courtesy of the artist and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum)

“Many an object is not seen, though it falls within the range of our visual ray, because it does not come within the range of our intellectual ray, i.e., we are not looking for it. So, in the largest sense, we find only the world we look for.”

–Henry David Thoreau, Journal, Vol. IX, July 2 1857


In 750 words or fewer, using your understanding of the quote above and the narrative of the image below as creative inspiration, discuss and expand on their meaning while integrating your own experiences and observations of the world. 


We received almost 500 entries this year and the reviewers enjoyed reading all of the submissions. We congratulate all of the contestants for the ways in which they are keeping Thoreau's legacy alive in their own lives!  Special congratulations goes out to the winners in each age group.  Click on the names to read their winning essays!


13-14 Age Group

Winner: Emily Redmond (State College, PA)

15-16 Age Group

Winner: Eva Sombrowski (Fernie, BC, Canada)

Honorable Mention: Keiley James (Atlanta, GA)


17-18 Age Group

Winner: Darin Chaichitatorn (Mundelein, IL)

Honorable Mention: Caroline Cobb (Falmouth, MA)


19-21 Age Group

Winner: Laura George (Athens, GA)


We want to thank the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, for being a wonderful partner in this year's essay contest, working with us to incorporate an image from their "Walden, revisited" exhibition (October 31, 2014-April 26, 2015)  in our prompt.  


Want to read more? See past winners!