Exceptional Explorers Competition — the winners!

Throughout the summer, we’ve been blown away by the amazing creative work produced by children taking part in our now>press>play Exceptional Explorers competition.

Back in May, we asked primary school pupils to put on our #pinkheadphones, choose one of our immersive learning Experiences and recap it in a piece of written or visual work. We were stunned by how much brilliant work we saw!

Now, it’s time to announce our winners…

The prizes

1st Prize – All of our fantastic winners will be published in our Exceptional Explorers Scrapbook. You’ll also get a copy of this sent to your school to show your friends and family.

All entries – To reward all of our Exceptional Explorers for their brilliant creative work, we’re sending out our brand-new Exceptional Explorers badges to everybody who joined in with the competition.

Explore our Scrapbook in full:

Our Judges' Picks

With nearly a hundred fantastic entries, we had a tough time choosing our very favourite pieces of work…

Our three head judges – Alice, Oscar and Emma – have each picked three pieces that they enjoyed the most.

Now Press Play team: current photo of Alice Lacey

Alice Lacey

CEO and Co-Founder of now>press>play

My picks:

I have been so impressed by the quality of submissions for our Exceptional Explorers competition. It was really difficult to pick just a few to highlight because the standard was so high — but in the end, I picked the entries which had the biggest impact on me emotionally, whether that was making me feel sad or making me smile. However, all of the entries showed bags of imagination and creativity, which we value highly at now>press>play.

Now Press Play team: current photo of Oscar Wood

Oscar Wood

Head of Product and Co-Founder of now>press>play

My picks:

My picks were where I thought that the children had put their emotions into their creations — whether through an abstract paintbrush stroke or a sentence that called to the reader for help. I thought that as a result, these pieces were original and “kooky.” However, the quality of all the entrants was super high, and I hugely enjoyed looking at all of them.

Now Press Play team: photo of Emma Weatherburn

Emma Weatherburn

Account Manager at now>press>play

My picks:

Mission to Mars — I chose this entry because of how creative the writing is! I absolutely loved the imagination that has come through in the child’s writing and the similes that they’ve used throughout.

Pirate Letter — This child has tried extremely hard with their spelling and has applied their phonics brilliantly! They’ve tried really hard to listen for the sounds in “pirate” and gave it a really good go!

Amazon Rainforest — Such a great example of a piece of persuasive writing! They have come up with so many excellent points to try and persuade the reader into their way of thinking and they’ve done a great job.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and a huge thank you to everybody who took part in our competition — you are all Exceptional Explorers. Keep your eyes on our blog and social media for our next competition, coming soon…

If you haven’t got now>press>play in your school yet, claim your free trial now so that you can take part in our next competition.