02/12/17

Winners 2016 Photo Contests

Frogs Are Green thanks photographers from around the world for entering our annual two contests, Frogs in the Wild and Backyard Frogs.

The entries were creative, exceptional and came in from our own New Jersey, states around the USA, and countries such as Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Australia.

We thank the judges for their selections and applaud their effort.

Winners of the 2016 Frogs in the Wild Photo Contest

1st Place: Juan David Fernandez, Hypsiboas punctatus, Colombia
2nd Place: Ronald Zimmerman, Reticulated Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium valerioi) from Costa Rica.
3rd Place: Sebastian Di Domenico, Hypsiboas picturatus, Ecuador

Honorable Mentions:
Juan David Fernandez, Dendrobates truncatus, yellow-striped poison frog, Colombia
Sebastian Moreno, Oophaga histrionica, Colombia

 

Winners of the 2016 Backyard Frogs Photo Contest

1st Place: Hannah Sigler, Williamsburg, Iowa, Tree frog
2nd Place: Melville Osborne, late season Gray Tree Frog, Roxbury Township, Morris County, NJ
3rd Place: Nic Crampton, Green-Eyed Tree Frog, Litoria serrata, Queensland, Australia

Honorable Mentions:
Melville Osborne, Gray Tree Frog, New Jersey
Ewelina Zjezdzalka, frog from the Canary Islands

01/10/16

Winners 2015 Photo Contests

We would like to thank all who entered the 2015 Photo Contests hosted by Frogs Are Green! The photo entries came in from North America, South America, Australia, and Europe. We’d also like to thank this year’s judges: Florence Pape, Bea Rigsby-Kunz, Matt Ellerbeck, Irwin Qagmire Wart, and David Veljacic.
 

Winners of the 2015 Frogs Are Green Photo Contests

Winners: 2015 Backyard Frogs

1st Place: Cosmic Tree Frog in Brazil by Christian Spencer

2nd Place: Backyard friend by Kristin DeAngelis

3rd Place: Red frog in the back garden by Russ Barrow

Honorable Mention: Common Tree Frog by Uwe on Flickr.com

 

Winners: Frogs in the Wild

1st Place: Giant monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) – French Guiana by Vincent Premel

2nd Place: Dyscophus antongilii, from Antara surroundings – by Franco Andreone

3rd Place: Dendropsophus parviceps from Satipo, Peru by Josh Richards

Honorable Mention: Frog CR – 3 by @nsoste on Flickr


 

12/4/15

Environmentalism: It’s up to YOU to teach the young

It’s December and there are just 11 days left for children to enter the 2015 kids art contest, and all ages to enter the photo contest. As I watch artworks and photos trickle in, I’m wondering (as I did in 2013) why aren’t more people participating? (read >> The Young Environmental Artist)

I see a pattern here. The climate talks are on in Paris, but most are just talkers and not doers. It’s not enough to “like” and share pictures and articles on social media, and not actually do something to show you care.

My own Jersey City made me proud last year with close to 200 students from 17 schools submitting artworks. In addition, we received artworks from 17 states in the US and 32 countries around the world. The total last year was close to 1000 pieces of creative expression. It was marvelous! The winning artworks were celebrated online and in 3 well received exhibitions including an exhibition in Jersey City’s City Hall.

Jersey City is a culturally active area with a large artist community, and yet these same artists, many who have children, aren’t participating either. So, I’m back to wondering why it’s easier for me to reach parents and teachers in other countries and not those in my own area?

I’m asking you now… educators and parents to explain to the young why they should care about wildlife and the environment and I’ll continue to do my part to help amphibians and the environment too.

Please make me proud by entering today!

 

Susan Newman,
Founder, Frogs Are Green, Inc.
A NJ nonprofit organization – “Healthy frogs mean a healthy planet for all.”

Below is one of my favorite entries from 2014.

1st Place Winner, Kardelen Koc, Turkey, Frogs Are Green Kids Art Contest 2014, age 3-6 group

1st Place Winner 2014, Kardelen Koc, Turkey, Frogs Are Green Kids Art Contest 2014, age 3-6 group

09/27/15

Washington Park LIVE 2015 and Frogs Are Green

Frogs Are Green began setting up the organization’s tent at 9 am! This year, thanks to the Washington Park Association, we had an incredible spot in the front of the “Washington Park LIVE” festival with a large tent, grid bars tied to the back, and two tables! One table for displaying educational information such as our books: the teaching resource curriculum, “Frogs, Amphibians and Their Threatened Environment,” and previewing our next book, “Rainforest Frogs,” which features Haiku poetry by Caley Vickerman, illustrations by Mark Lerer, a foreword by Franco Andreone, and designed by founder, Susan Newman. We also had on display materials about the contests being open right now, the 6th Annual Kids Art Contest & the 7th Annual Photography Contest. On the back grid we hung our posters to draw the eyes… and it worked! It was so interesting hearing which posters visitors liked the most… I’ll be ordering a bunch more of each of those!

The second table we covered with some mounted posters which were tapped down, as an inspirational guide of frog image reference for visitors. Those that wanted to draw frogs, they were right there on the table! On hand were colored pencils, crayons, markers, lots of paper and even frog stickers.

We greeted over 130 people of all ages during the day, and everyone enjoyed creating frogart. You’ll see from the gallery of images below both children and adults got into it. This was our most successful event yet as we sold out of our t-shirts and a bunch of posters.

We also enjoyed dancing to the music being played on the sound stage right near us, and there were plenty of food truck vendors for us to taste assorted delights, such as lobster rolls and chocolate treats.

I look forward to seeing the photos by others showing what else was happening around us.

01/6/15

Winners of the 2014 Frogs in the Wild Photography Contest

Announcing the winners of the 2014 Frogs in the Wild Photography Contest hosted by Frogs Are Green!

I want to thank this year’s judges: Sigrid Shreeve, Christine Guhl, Megan Maloy, Sam Skolnik Mullane, Alyssa Bredin, Keith Gisser, and Andy Levine.

1st Place Winner: 2014 Frogs in the Wild by Wes Deyton of North Carolina.

2014 Frogs in the Wild 1st place winner, Wes Deyton of North Carolina.

2nd Place Winner: 2014 Frogs in the Wild, Beni Arisandi with “KONG,” Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia.

2014 Frogs in the Wild, 2nd place winner, Beni Arisandi with KONG.

3rd Place Winner: 2014 Frogs in the Wild Golden Droplet Frog by Christian Spencer. Taken in Itatiaia National Park rio de Janerio Brasil. Brachycephalus ephippium, one of the smallest frogs in the world measuring 12mm makes signals with its arms to mark territory.

2014 Frogs in the Wild, 3rd place winner, Golden Droplet Frog by Christian Spencer.

Honorable Mention: 2014 Frogs in the Wild, Frog by Matthew Pastick, Minnesota, USA.

2014 Frogs in the Wild, Honorable Mention, Frog by Matthew Pastick, Minnesota, USA.

Honorable Mention: 2014 Frogs in the Wild, Devin DePamphilis, age 13 with Seeing Green at Wildwood Park, Harrisburg, PA.

2014 Frogs in the Wild, Honorable Mention, Devin DePamphilis, age 13 with Seeing Green at Wildwood Park, Harrisburg, PA.

Honorable Mention: 2014 Frogs in the Wild, green and golden bell frog by Chad Beranek, Australia.

2014 Frogs in the Wild, Honorable Mention, green and golden bell frog by Chad Beranek, Australia.

To see the 56 fabulous entries visit:  2014 Frogs in the Wild Photo Contest on Flickr.

– Susan Newman, founder and administrator of Frogs Are Green

01/6/15

Winners of the 2014 Backyard Frogs Photography Contest

Announcing the winners of the 2014 Backyard Frogs Photography Contest hosted by Frogs Are Green!

I want to thank this year’s judges: Sigrid Shreeve, Christine Guhl, Megan Maloy, Sam Skolnik Mullane, Alyssa Bredin, Keith Gisser, and Andy Levine.

1st Place Winner: 2014 Backyard Frogs, Costa Rican Frog photographed by Chela Crinnion of New York.

2014 Backyard Frogs, 1st place Winner, Costa Rican Frog photographed by Chela Crinnion of New York

2nd Place Winner: 2014 Backyard Frogs, Northern Cricket Frog, Mike Adamovic, New York.

2014 Backyard Frogs, 2nd place winner by Mike Adamovic, Northern Cricket Frog, New York.

3rd Place Winner: 2014 Backyard Frogs, Common Indian Tree Frog by Choti Singh.

2014 Backyard Frogs, 3rd place winner, common indian treefrog by Choti Singh.

Honorable Mention: 2014 Backyard Frogs, Pickerel Frog by Wes Deyton, North Carolina.

2014 Backyard Frogs, Honorable Mention, Pickerel Frog by Wes Deyton, North Carolina.

Honorable Mention: 2014 Backyard Frogs by Zakiyah Hasanah, age 10, from Indonesia with Frog in a Pipe.

2014 Backyard Frogs, Honorable Mention by Zakiyah Hasanah, age 10 from Indonesia with Frog in a Pipe.

To see the entire gallery of 34 images submitted visit: 2014 Backyard Frogs Photo Contest on Flickr.

– Founder and Frogs Are Green administrator, Susan Newman.