This past weekend, 9 teams competed in the 2nd Annual #StarfishSearch Scavenger Hunt. The 35 participants represented 3 countries and 7 states.
Participants had 72 hours to complete 53 tasks – some focused on community service, some on creativity, some on exploring Ecuadorian culture, some on raising awareness for Starfish, and some that were just silly.
Although these pictures / videos didn’t win, here are some of our favorite moments from the search:
When asked what their favorite item was was, participants said:
- “The one we had the most fun with was riding on the handle bars of the bike singing the bicycle song!!” – Julia G
- ” I can’t choose one! I had so much fun!” – Jenn Z.
- “I loved making colada morada” – Anna J
The information you’ve all been waiting for – who won the search?
First Place: Mischief Management
– Jenn Z
– Joe G
– Julia G
– Pete L
2nd place: Los Que Come Cuando Hay
– Josue P (Captain)
– Arelisa R
– Diego B
– Genesis R
– Geovanna Sandy G
Los Que Come Cuando Hay was a team based entirely in Ecuador. They finished the scavenger hunt with 1,441 points. They were the only team to get the Starfish Foundation mentioned on the radio, the only team to write in chalk on a pack animal, and one of only two teams to draw a starfish on a bald human head. We were most impressed by them getting on the radio, and the judges favorite item was their handstand at the border.
Favorite Photo: CONSTELACIÓN ALFA Y OMEGA
Another team comprised entirely of Ecuadorians, Constelacion alfa y omega also ended the search with over 1,000 points. They really impressed us with their submission for item #15 – Create an image of a famous Ecuadorian from history using only objects found in nature. Caption the photo (when uploaded) with the person’s name and why you chose them. We choose this as our favorite photo because of the attention to detail and the realism in the face.
Favorite Video: Seas the Day
Seas the Day was our only two person team, and impressed us by earning over 1,000 points despite having the fewest number of participants. They had one member from the United States, and one from England (our first European participant!). They had a lot of wonderful submissions, but we were most impressed by their stop motion video for #22 (Tell the Starfish story in a stop motion video). It was clear that a lot of time and effort went into creating this item, and it deserves recognition.
Thanks for Making us Laugh: Goin’ Starfishin’
Goin’ Starfishin’ was a three person team from Maryland. This team had a lot of fun throughout the hunt and it clearly showed. As judges, we went through the submissions many times, and every time we went past this item we stopped to admire it – not only was it visually appealing in terms of composition and lighting, but it also always brought a smile to our faces. They captured the expressions of the arm-wrestling competitors perfectly, and we thank them for making us laugh with their submission for item #31.
Thank you to everyone who participated! You were all amazing, and we loved all your submissions!
We hope you’ll join us again next year. If you missed this year’s hunt, but want to make sure you’re on a team next year, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure you get a personal invitation to join next year’s search.