A Finger Lakes Community College student was one of three winners in an international graphic design contest by Swiss water bottle manufacturer SIGG. Anthony Walker of Canandaigua entered the contest through the website talenthouse.com and learned earlier this year that his design of wildlife superimposed over a world map was among the three chosen to adorn a line of water bottles sold by the company.
Walker is a graphic design major at FLCC and will receive his associate degree at the college’s 45th annual commencement ceremony on May 18. He is a 2011 graduate of Canandaigua Academy.
Walker was the only winner from the United States. “It still shocks me that I won,” he said.
“I started first with their logo,” Anthony said of SIGG. “Then I put sea creatures, land animals and then flying animals on top of a cross.”
The map behind the cross “was a last-minute addition,” he said, noting that his message was focused on the importance of protecting the environment.
Walker came across the website about a year ago and more recently found the water bottle design contest. He started the project right away and finished his design in just a few days. A week after he submitted the image, he visited the site and was surprised to see he’d won.
The prizes include a shipment of 100 of the bottles bearing his design. They will retail for about $23.
Walker credits his instructors at FLCC, including Paul Engin, instructor of new media, and his advisor, Liz Brownell, associate professor of graphic design, for helping develop his skills and expanding his abilities.