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The finalists for the Festival of Whales logo contest have been announced and the final five are being put to a public vote.
The five artists named as the top finalists are Tom Swimm, Jeff Fleming, Alex Van Brasch, Mark Sandlin and Vickie Killeen.
The contest had been open only to Dana Hills High School students for the last five years after festival organizers launched an art-focused program involving the area’s youth. This year, many submissions were received from the general public.
“The Festival of Whales Foundation Board faced a very difficult decision in choosing only five out of 58 entries,” said event coordinator Andrea Swayne. “We received excellent designs from artists all over the world. From hobbyists to professionals, the art was colorful and creative, and all did a great job celebrating the beauty and majesty of the world’s largest ocean mammals.”
The entries submitted must showcase the California gray whale. Every year, the whales make a 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Alaskan waters to the lagoons of Baja California, where calves are birthed before the whales continue north.
Voting will be opened through Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. The winning design will be featured on all the festival’s promotional materials, including clothing, flyers, print and digital advertising and public buses.
The 2017 event will be held on March 4,5, 11 and 12.