After a lot of deliberation, we’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Yuri’s Night Flashback Contest! We asked Yuri’s Night organizers and attendees to send in their favorite photos, videos and stories from current and previous Yuri’s Nights, and after sorting through dozens of entries, we’ve selected five winners. In no particular order:
The First Ever Yuri’s Night: 2001
We celebrated the very first Yuri’s Night in Los Angeles way back in 2001; this winner’s photos included shots of YN co-founders George Whitesides and Loretta Hidalgo, as well as a surprisingly young Peter Diamandis. (Click the links and pictures to see each winner’s full submission.)
Yuri’s Night Lisboa 2012
A series of photos from a great event in Lisboa, Portugal, including a showing of First Orbit and a rooftop concert which was broadcast over Radio Zero!
Interesting attendees at Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2010
Who says that cosmonauts and Californians can’t get along? …Hopefully not these guys, facial expressions to the contrary. Michael Wright’s flight suit outfit includes patches from the Apollo-Soyuz missions, the docking of Mir and the Space Shuttle, and even a patch from the joint American-Soviet mission in the movie 2010. Three cheers for international cooperation!
“Yuri’s Day”, Florence 2012
The future of space exploration is on display with these beautiful drawings from 9-and-10 year olds in Firenze (Florence), Italy. Yuri’s Day was the culmination of two weeks of celebration, involving art, research projects, and even television broadcasts!
Yuri’s Night Los Angeles 2012
And we’ve come full-circle, to YN Los Angeles today. This video from YNLA has already been making the rounds, but if you haven’t yet gotten a chance.. definitely check it out.
Each of the winning submitters will receive an autographed copy of John Marmie’s Space Songs CD. We’d also like to give a shout-out to Pat Barthelow, who was originally selected as a winner for his Yuri Moonbounce but generously offered to donate his prize.
It was extremely difficult to pick just five winners from the great entries we got, so if you want to read more about honorable mentions such as the Hawaii Rocket Dog or a truly out-of-this-world love story from YNDC, make sure to visit Yuri’s Night Live at live.yurisnight.net!