The contest was part of the activities of Earth & Space Week and was open to children from EU-25, plus Norway and Switzerland, ages 5-19. Winners were from Greece, Austria, Malta and Poland. At the opening ceremony of Earth & Space Week in Brussels, the winning children received fabric flags printed with their own designs from Prince Philippe of Belgium, European Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen, and the European Space Agency Head of Earth Observation Volker Liebig in front of an audience of astronauts, dignitaries and other senior officials.
The children’s work was judged by an expert team of teachers from all over Europe, with the final selection of winners and runners-up being made by a Grand Jury including representatives from the European Commission, the European Astronaut corps and the Belgian government. The contest was organised by European Schoolnet link 1, the gateway to education in Europe, supported by the European Commission.