By Hilary Beall
Honorable Mention, Visual (2D), Create | Encounter 2021
After reading about certain countries bragging about their “elimination” of Down Syndrome, I felt heartbroken. I thought about how entire generations of children would be erased, and those left will eventually go “extinct,” because they are seen as lesser. I drew this portrait to remind myself, and others, of the undeniable beauty found within all humanity.