Patch Design

Emma T., eight years old, created the winning design for the Nautilus Patch Contest in 2011.

Illustration by Emma Tarpley

We Have a Winner!

Hundreds of kids around the U.S. sent in beautiful designs in the Nautilus Patch Contest. Late last week. National Geographic Explorer Robert Ballard and NG Emerging Explorer Katherine Croff Bell chose the design that will be made into a patch for the crew aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus.

Congratulations to Emma Tarpley, eight years old from Marion, North Carolina, whose winning patch design can be seen above. She's home schooled and enjoys exploring outside. Read her essay:

"If I were to explore the ocean, I would explore it in a submarine and go survey coral reefs, different kinds of fish, sea creatures and see things that have never been discovered before. I am a junior park ranger in the national parks, and I love to explore in North Carolina and many other places like Yellowstone National Park and Sequoia National Park, but it's hard to imagine how awesome it would be to explore in the sea!! I love history and just about all animals, and I think it would be so fun to see them."

Emma's design will be made into a patch that will be worn by the crew of the Nautilus during their four-month mission to explore ancient shipwrecks, underwater volcanoes, submarine canyons, and undersea mountains in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean. The explorers on the Nautilus will use robotic vehicles to study these areas and the critters and share what they learn with scientists and students all over the world in real-time. Emma will also receive several National Geographic Children's books titles.

Find out how you can enter the 2012 patch contest.

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