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INTERNATIONAL Space Art & Poetry Contest


Presented by Axiom-2 Pilot John Shoffner LIVE from the International Space Station
In partnership with:

We asked students around the world,

"What would it look like if we lived in space?”










The ax-2 splash down is soon!

May 30, 2023 17:37 EDT


A Message from John Shoffner in space

John Shoffner announces the age level representatives of the International Space Art and Poetry Contest from 250 miles above Earth.

Read the press article here.


Age-level representatives

Art - Ages 5 - 8

Advik Mohapatra

India, Age 6

Art - Ages 9 - 13

Sol Paul Charris Libiano

Philippines, Age 12

Art - Ages 14 - 18

Sabrina Dozier

United States, Age 15

Poetry - Ages 5 - 8

Cameron Belle Pender

Ireland, Age 8

Poetry - Ages 9 - 13

Mel Guyer

United States, Age 13

Poetry - Ages 14 - 18

Arjun Bajaj

United States, Age 16

Dear Artists and Poets, 

I am so very happy and grateful for your time and effort in participating in our first International Space Art and Poetry Contest. Looking at all of the truly amazing art and poems from each of you has brought such a huge smile to me and to all of those who have looked at your wonderful pictures and read your touching poems. Thank you, thank you! 

Soon, I will go to space for the first time. I have literally dreamed of this my entire life and I am so very excited and grateful for this opportunity.   

Although we have been sending people to space for many years, I have often wondered what it will look like when many of us live and work in space full time. Your art and your words have helped us imagine this just a bit more clearly.   

I promise to share your amazing work with everyone so that we may continue to inspire and delight the imagination of life in space. 

And remember, many of you may actually have the chance to live and work in space one day.  All you need is the desire and the imagination to make it happen.  

ad astra. 

John Shoffner 

Pilot Ax-2 

Connected by creativity

Your submissions prove the sky is not the limit!

Click each country to see a submission preview. See all submissions here.

United States: 700+ submissions

Bengladesh: 1 submission

Canada: 1 submission

Germany: 24 submissions

Ghana: 3 submissions

India: 2 submissions

Indonesia: 2 submissions

Ireland: 42 submissions

Israel: 13 submissions

Kazakhstan: 1 submission

Mexico: 3 submissions

New Zealand: 22 submissions

Pakistan: 1 submission

Philippines: 1 submission

Portugal: 2 submissions

Saudi Arabia: 8 submissions

Slovakia: 1 submission

South Africa: 19 submissions

Sri Lanka: 1 submission

Tanzania: 1 submission

United Kingdom: 4 submissions

Colombia: 3 submissions

Costa Rica: 1 submission

Estonia: 1 submission


We are thrilled with the number of participants in this mission. Enjoy a small preview of the wonderful submissions below or view the whole submission gallery here.

Meet the Judges

John Shoffner

Axiom-2 Pilot and Contest Visionary

Peggy Whitson

Axiom-2 Commander, former NASA Chief Astronaut

Kaci Heins

Director of Education at Limitless Space Institute

Monique Lorden

Visual Artist, Poet and Published Author

About the Astronaut

Axiom-2 Pilot John Shoffner

STE(A)M advocate and business pioneer John Shoffner is a life-long space enthusiast. At 8-years-old, he formed a young astronauts club with his friends in his hometown of Middlesboro, Kentucky. While space was his first passion, it didn’t make for a widely accepted career, so he took a more traditional route. 

Despite finding success in the fiber optic telecommunications industry in its earliest stages, John’s wild ambition to become an astronaut never escaped him. In fact, he held onto a painting he created at 10-years-old of an astronaut floating in space. Little did he know that painting would later accompany him to the International Space Station (ISS) and inspire a global art contest. 


Now, John will serve as Pilot for Axiom’s Ax-2 mission to the International Space Station on the SpaceX Dragon in May. His goal is to return from space with the tools to form a STE(A)M-based curriculum that connects the classroom to the real world through collaboration, problem solving, and creativity. 

As John likes to say, “If you are not doing what you are, then you are just doing what you do.” A lifetime athlete with many years as a veteran pilot and a competitor in cycling, whitewater kayaking, waterskiing, hang gliding, skydiving, base jumping and motorsports, John will take his passion for science and education to new heights. 

John’s story is one that proves dreams never really fade and creativity knows no limits. 

Connect with John on Twitter and Instagram at @johnpshoffner

For press inquiries, education and speaking engagements, contact: [email protected]

Space Art & Poetry Contest

Frequently Asked Questions

Send us pictures of your out-of-this-world paintings and drawings! Sorry, no photography, sculpture, or AI. 

You bet! We are thrilled that you will send us your vision for living in space! A digital certificate of participation will be emailed to all registered participants after the contest concludes.

Absolutely! As long as a student is in grades K-12 in the United States, along with primary or secondary schools internationally.

One piece of art or poetry per student. Go above and beyond and try one of each! 

Of course! However, if it is written in a language other than English, we will need an English translation of the poetry within the same document.


  • A photo of 2-Dimensional artwork (painting or drawing) 
  • Relates to the theme  
  • Imagination and Creativity 
  • Composition/Design 
  • Quality/Technical Skills 
  • Overall impression  


  • Relates to the theme 
  • Originality 
  • Conventions of poetry 
  • Word usage 
  • Grammar, mechanics, and spelling 
  • Sensory details 

The age-level representatives that have been selected will be notified via the information submitted at registration. 

Visit Contest Rules for additional information. 

Contest inquiries can be sent to [email protected]. Press inquiries, education engagements, and speaking engagements can be sent to