The Astronomy Group at the University of Southampton, with the support of NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission, The Royal Society and the popular site for science communication CienciaEs.com, organized an art-science competition (#astroarteagujero) in order to engage the international Spanish-speaking community in Black Hole research. Both amateur and professional artists were invited to learn about astronomy and black holes by listening to Dr. Diego Altamirano's podcast, "Agujeros negros en el Universo" ("Black Holes in the Universe"), and to express their new-found knowledge and inspiration through their artwork. The competition attracted more than 160 artists from 15 countries with more than 260 art pieces submitted. The winning images from the 4 different age groups are shown in the collage above. Top left is the entry from Christian Zamarripa Rivera (México) and Estevan Barrón (México), winners of the 18 and older group; bottom left, the entry from Gabriela Higinio (México) and, bottom center (featuring a depiction of NICER), the entry from Domenica Nuñez del Arco Abad (Ecuador), winners of the 12-17 year old group; bottom right, the entry from Ariel Tagliebue (Argentina), winner of the 7-11 year old group; and last but not least, center top, is the entry from Alan Nevarez Marquez (México), winner of the 6 year old and under group. Additional details about the competition can be found at the Astroarteagujero Facebook group, and all the art pieces can be found using the hashtag #astroarteagujero on Facebook and Instagram.
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