Thor Heyerdahl Competition (2008 – 2009)

The Thor Heyerdahl Competition was an annual competition included as part of the programme for The Thor Heyerdahl International Days.

The Thor Heyerdahl Competition var en årlig konkurranse som inngikk som en del av programmet til The Thor Heyerdahl International Day.

Young people aged 15-20 were invited to take part in the competition, which was linked to the theme of the conference. The theme for 2009 was the environment, while in 2008 it was indiginenous peoples.

2009 – Young people take “the fight for the environment” seriously.

126 young people have made advertising films about the environment. The task to “Make an advertising film of approximately 1 minute where you challenge young people of your own age to do something positive for the environment” was embraced by young Norwegians! The competition was advertised by The Thor Heyerdahl Institute and administrated by the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo. 34 entries involving the work of 126 school pupils were received. The winners were announced in Larvik in connection with The Thor Heyerdahl International Days. The 1st Prize of NOK 10 000 was shared between the three winning entries.

Joint 1st Prize for the film “Super Sandra“, Byåsen Videregående Skole (Sixth Form College); Trondheim, by Sandra Johansen, Merete Stjern Nesheim, Julia P. Danielsen, Mia Hanssen and Ane Bermudez

Joint 1st Prize for the film “Skru av lyset når du kan” (“Switch off the light when you can“), Høgtun Videregående Skole (Sixth Form College), Troms, by Rebekka Helmersen, Kenneth Jensen, Glenn Sønvisen, Cathrine Skogheim

Delt 1: Pris til bidraget NATUREN TAR TILBAKE, Byåsen Videregående skole, Trondheim
v/ Jacob Myklestad, Nina Dragsten Stene, Stine Bragstad Stenhaug, Adrian Hildrum, Maren Flack Bergby og Silje M. Holsen Dising

Joint 1st Prize for the film “Naturen tar tilbake” (“Nature reclaims itself“), Byåsen Videregående Skole (Sixth Form College), Trondheim, by Jacob Myklestad, Nina Dragsten Stene, Stine Bragstad Stenhaug, Adrian Hildrum, Maren Flack Bergby and Silje M. Holsen Dising.

Two of the participants were represented in Larvik on April 28 where they received their awards, flowers and congratulations. They were Sandra Johansen (Super Sandra) and Jacob Myklestad (Naturen tar tilbake/Nature reclaims itself)


Maja Bauge, Managing Director of the Kon-Tiki Musee; Board Member of the Thor Heyerdahl Instituttet
Erling Storm, styremedlem ved Thor Heyerdahl Instituttet
Alex Rosèn, “Friend of the Kon-Tiki Museet“ og artist
Halfdan Tangen jr, Marketing Executive, Kon-Tiki Museet



Young people aged 15-20 were invited to take part in The Thor Heyerdahl Competition, based on this year’s theme, the environment.

Many good entries were submitted and received awards. The competition was incorporated as part of the programme for The Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2009.

The winners were Ingrid Kristine Anker, Renate Mathiesen and Maria Andreassen from Greveskogen Videregående Skole (Sixth Form College) in Tønsberg, with their film called “Urbefolkningen” (“The indigenous people“).

Second place went to Kaia Linnea Dahle Nyhus from Færder Videregående Skole (Sixth Form College) in Tønsberg, with her film “Hvordan myggen slapp ut i verden (How the mosquito got out into the world“).

The winners received their awards October 30 in Gamle Logen in Oslo.

Please note that the rights to the winning entries belong to The Thor Heyerdahl Institute. Contact us to agree further use of the films.