01/24/21

Winners of the 2020 Kids Art Contest – A Healthy Planet Earth

Thank you all for your continued participation in our annual kids art contest. I know this past year was especially challenging for students, parents and teachers due to covid-19.

The response from around the world was as breathtaking as ever. We received nearly 1200 works of art. Some artworks brought smiles and thoughts of sunshine and rainbows, while others made us shed a tear with their expressiveness.

We are still tabulating the results for the secondary categories, which will be added soon, but to get things started here are the winners of the four age groups. 

Age Group 3-6

1st Place: Huang Tzu Chiao, 6 yrs old, Taiwan, China
2nd Place: Meepian Roopkaew, 6 years old, Thailand
3rd Place: Lacy Ann Marie Grubbs, 6 years old, Illinois, USA

Honorable Mentions:

Minangee Dasanya Kulathunga, 6 years old, Sri Lanka
Khoraphat Whalprib, 6 years old, Thailand
Qingsi Fan, 6 years old, China
Yeung Pak Hei Jacen, 4 years old, Hong Kong, China

Huang Tzu Chiao, 6 years old, Taiwan, 1st place winner 2020

Huang Tzu Chiao, 6 years old, Taiwan, 1st place winner 2020

Meepian Roopkaew, 6 years old, Thailand, 2nd place winner 2020

Meepian Roopkaew, 6 years old, Thailand, 2nd place winner 2020

Lacy Ann Marie Grubbs, 6 years old, Illinois, USA, 3rd place winner 2020

Lacy Ann Marie Grubbs, 6 years old, Illinois, USA, 3rd place winner 2020

Minangee Dasanya Kulathunga, 6 years old, Sri Lanka, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Minangee Dasanya Kulathunga, 6 years old, Sri Lanka, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Khoraphat Whaiprib, 6 years oldm Thailand, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Khoraphat Whaiprib, 6 years oldm Thailand, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Qingsi Fan, 6 years old, China, Amazing Aquarium, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Qingsi Fan, 6 years old, China, Amazing Aquarium, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Yeung Pak Hei Jacen, Hong Kong, 4 years old, winner 2020

Yeung Pak Hei Jacen, Hong Kong, 4 years old, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Huang Tzu Chiao, 6 years old, Taiwan, winner 2020 thumbnail
Meepian Roopkaew, age 6, Thailand, winner 2020 thumbnail
Lacy Ann Marie Grubbs, 6- years old, Illinois, USA Winner 2020 thumbnail
Minangee Dasanya Kulathunga, 6 years old, Sri Lanka, FRG winner 2020 thumbnail
Khoraphat Whaiprib, age6, Thailand, winner, 2020 thumbnail
Qingsi Fan, 6, China, Amazing Aquarium, winner 2020 thumbnail
YEUNG Pak Hei Jacen - Hong Kong - 4 years old, winner 2020 thumbnail

Age Group 7-9

1st Place: Huang Cheng Hsuan, 8 years old, Taiwan, China
2nd Place: Hsien Ching Chen, 9 years old, Taiwan,China
3rd Place: Ithiya Oophaichit, 9 years old, Thailand

Honorable Mentions:

Yuda Hou, 9 years old, China
Wu Yu Hsuan, 9 years old, Taiwan, China
Preksha Utekar, 8 years old, Ireland
Marina Milenova, Katzarska, 9 years old, Bulgaria
Lucy Chen, 9 years old, China

Huang Cheng Hsuan, 8 years old, Taiwan, China, Tree House, 1st Place winner 2020

Huang Cheng Hsuan, 8 years old, Taiwan, China, Tree House, 1st Place winner 2020

Hsieh Ching Chen, 9 years old, Taiwan, China, Transform, 2nd Place winner 2020

Hsieh Ching Chen, 9 years old, Taiwan, China, Transform, 2nd Place winner 2020

Ithiya Oophaichit, 9 years old, Thailand, 3rd Place winner 2020

Ithiya Oophaichit, 9 years old, Thailand, 3rd Place winner 2020

Yuda Hou, 9 years old, China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Yuda Hou, 9 years old, China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Wu Yu Hsuan, 9 years old, Taiwan, China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Wu Yu Hsuan, 9 years old, Taiwan, China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Preksha Utekar, 8 years, Ireland, Solution to Pollution, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Preksha Utekar, 8 years, Ireland, Solution to Pollution, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Marina Milenova Katzarska, 9 years old, Bulgaria, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Marina Milenova Katzarska, 9 years old, Bulgaria, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Lucy Chen, 9 years old, China, scales of nature, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Lucy Chen, 9 years old, China, scales of nature, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Huang Cheng Hsuan, 8 years old, Taiwan, Tree House, winner 2020 thumbnail
Hsieh Ching Chen, 9 years old, Taiwan, Transform, winner 2020 thumbnail
Ithiya Oophaichit, age9, Thailand, winner 2020 thumbnail
162. Yuda Hou, 9, China, Whale falls, winner 2020 thumbnail
Wu Yu Hsuan, 9 years old, Taiwan, winner 2020 thumbnail
Preksha Utekar, 8 years, Ireland, Solution to Pollution, winner 2020 thumbnail
MARINA MILENOVA KATZARSKA, 9 years old, Bulgaria-winner 2020 thumbnail
Lucy Chen,9, China, Scales of nature, winner 2020 thumbnail

Age Group 10-12

1st Place: Clara Jieun Choi, 11 years old, CA, USA
2nd Place: Petya Dobromirova Dimitrova, 10 years old, Bulgaria
3rd Place: Chen Li Chih, 12 years old, Taiwan, China

Honorable Mentions:

Chen Liang Ling, 11 years old, Taiwan, China
Eva Averin, 11 years old, USA
Shuo Chen, 11 years old, China
Milani Kenneth, 11 years old, USA
Fong Po Pui, 12 years old, Hong Kong, China
Zhuoran Zhang, 10 years old, China
Parthi Jain, 12 years old, Bahrain
Nethra Chari, 12 years old, USA

Clara Jieun Choi, 11 years old, CA, USA, 1st Place winner 2020

Clara Jieun Choi, 11 years old, CA, USA, 1st Place winner 2020

Petya Dobromirova Dimitrova, 10 years old, Bulgaria, 2nd Place winner 2020

Petya Dobromirova Dimitrova, 10 years old, Bulgaria, 2nd Place winner 2020

Chen Li Chih, 12 years old, Taiwan, China, Noah's Ark in the future, 3rd Place winner 2020

Chen Li Chih, 12 years old, Taiwan, China, Noah's Ark in the future, 3rd Place winner 2020

Chen Liang Ling, 11 years old, Taiwan,China, A stroke of genius, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Chen Liang Ling, 11 years old, Taiwan,China, A stroke of genius, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Eva Averin, 11 years old, USA, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Eva Averin, 11 years old, USA, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Shuo Chen, 11 years old, China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Shuo Chen, 11 years old, China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Milani Kenneth, 11 years old, USA, Treasure of the Ocean, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Milani Kenneth, 11 years old, USA, Treasure of the Ocean, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Fong Po Pui, 12 years old, Hong Kong, China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Fong Po Pui, 12 years old, Hong Kong, China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Zhuoran Zhang, 10 years old, China, polar bear's little wish, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Zhuoran Zhang, 10 years old, China, polar bear's little wish, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Parthi Jain, 12 years old, Bahrain, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Parthi Jain, 12 years old, Bahrain, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Nethra Chari, 12 years old, USA, poison dart frog, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Nethra Chari, 12 years old, USA, poison dart frog, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Clara Jieun Choi, 11 years old, CA, USA, winner 2020 thumbnail
Petya Dobromirova Dimitrova, 10,Bulgaria, winner 2020 thumbnail
Chen Li Chih, 12 years old, Taiwan, Noah's Ark in the future, winner 2020 thumbnail
Chen Liang Ling, 11 years old, Taiwan, A stroke of genius, winner 2020 thumbnail
Eva Averin, 11, USA, winner 2020 thumbnail
Shuo Chen, 11, China, Whale, winner 2020 thumbnail
Milani Kenneth, age 11, United States, Treasure the Ocean, winner 2020 thumbnail
Fong Po Pui, 12yrs, Hong Kong, winner 2020 thumbnail
Zhuoran Zhang, 10, China, Polar bear's little wish, winner 2020 thumbnail
Parthi jain, 12 years old, Bahrain, winner 2020 thumbnail
Nethra Chari, age 12, USA, Poison dart frog, winner 2020 thumbnail

Age Group 13-17

1st Place: Ximing Luo, 15 years old, USA
2nd Place: Weerawat Buplub, 14 years old, Thailand
3rd Place: Li Pin-Rung, 16 years old, Taiwan, China

Honorable Mentions:

Hou Wen Shin, 14 years old, Taiwan, China
Wu Ruo Qun, 13 years old, Taiwan, China
Riya Jain, 17 years old, India
Ming Xian Zhu, 16 years old, China
Fay Davis, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Yincheng Qian, 13 years old, USA
Phat Nguyen, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Tanvi Gadre, 16 years old, India

Ximing Luo, 15 years old, USA, 1st Place Winner 2020

Ximing Luo, 15 years old, USA, 1st Place Winner 2020

Weerawat Buplub, 14 years old, Thailand, Born to be Nature, 2nd Place Winner 2020

Weerawat Buplub, 14 years old, Thailand, Born to be Nature, 2nd Place Winner 2020

Li Pin-Rung, 16 years old, Taiwan, China, The Beauty of Nature, 3rd Place Winner 2020

Li Pin-Rung, 16 years old, Taiwan, China, The Beauty of Nature, 3rd Place Winner 2020

Hou Wen Shin, 14 years old, Taiwan,China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Hou Wen Shin, 14 years old, Taiwan,China, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Wu Ruo Qun, 13 years old, Taiwan, China, Last Party, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Wu Ruo Qun, 13 years old, Taiwan, China, Last Party, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Riya Jain, 17 years old, India, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Riya Jain, 17 years old, India, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Mingxian Zhu, 16 years old, China, Collapse, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Mingxian Zhu, 16 years old, China, Collapse, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Fay Davis, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Fay Davis, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Yincheng Qian, 13 years old, USA, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Yincheng Qian, 13 years old, USA, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Phat Nguyen, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ USA, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Phat Nguyen, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ USA, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Tanvi Gadre, 16 years old, Mumbai, India, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Tanvi Gadre, 16 years old, Mumbai, India, Honorable Mention winner 2020

Ximing Luo, 15 years old, USA, winner 2020 thumbnail
Weerawat Buplub,14 Years old,Thailand, Born to be nature, 2winner 2020 thumbnail
Li Pin-Rung,16 years,Taiwan, the beauty of nature, winner 2020 thumbnail
Hou Wen Shin, 14 years old, Taiwan, winner 2020 thumbnail
Wu Ruo Qun, 13 years old, Taiwan, Last Party, winner 2020 thumbnail
Riya Jain, 17, India, Wear Mask Painting, winner 2020 thumbnail
Mingxian Zhu, 16, China, Collapse, winner 2020 thumbnail
Fay Davis, 13 years old, bw covid 19 mask, winner 2020 thumbnail
Yincheng Qian, 13 years old, United States, winner 2020 thumbnail
Phat Nguyen 16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, winner 2020 thumbnail
Tanvi Gadre, 16 yrs old, Mumbai, India, winner 2020 thumbnail

Below are the winners in the sub-categories:

Best Environmental Message

1st Place: Fay Davis, 13 years old, New Jersey, USA
2nd Place: Riya Jain, 17 years old, India
3rd Place: Wu Yu Hsuan, 9 years old, Taiwan, China

Honorable Mentions:

Lucy Chen, 9 years old, China
Monojit Maity, 10 years old, India
Defne Ozdemir, 10 years old, Turkey
Cora Kerr, 11 years old, New Jersey, USA
Adonia Ashline, 8 years old, India
Chan Po Chi, Angelo, 7 years old, Hong Kong, China
Sanvi Khandewal, 10 years old, USA

1st Place - Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best environmental message 2020

1st Place - Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best environmental message 2020

2nd Place - Riya Jain, 17 yrs, India-best environmental message 2020

2nd Place - Riya Jain, 17 yrs, India-best environmental message 2020

3rd Place - Wu Yu Hsuan, 9 years old, Taiwan, best environmetal message 2020

3rd Place - Wu Yu Hsuan, 9 years old, Taiwan, best environmetal message 2020

Lucy Chen, 9 years old, China, scales of nature, best environmental message 2020

Lucy Chen, 9 years old, China, scales of nature, best environmental message 2020

Monojit Maity, 10 years old, India, best environmental message 2020

Monojit Maity, 10 years old, India, best environmental message 2020

Defne Ozdemir, 10 years old, Turkey, Best environmental message 2020

Defne Ozdemir, 10 years old, Turkey, Best environmental message 2020

Cora Kerr, 11 years old, NJ, USA, best environmental message 2020

Cora Kerr, 11 years old, NJ, USA, best environmental message 2020

ADONIA ASHLINE, 8 yrs, India, keep our seas free from plastic, best environmental message 2020

ADONIA ASHLINE, 8 yrs, India, keep our seas free from plastic, best environmental message 2020

CHAN PO CHI, ANGELO_AGED 7_HONG KONG_CHINA, best enviro 2020

CHAN PO CHI, ANGELO_AGED 7_HONG KONG_CHINA, best environmental message 2020

Sanvi Khandelwal, 10 years old, USA, best enviro 2020

Sanvi Khandelwal, 10 years old, USA, best environmental message 2020

1st Place - Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best enviro 2020 thumbnail
2nd Place - Riya Jain, 17 yrs, India-best enviro 2020 thumbnail
3rd Place - Wu Yu Hsuan, 9 years old, Taiwan, best enviro 2020 thumbnail
Lucy Chen,9, China, Scales of nature, best enviro 2020 thumbnail
Monojit Maity, 10 years old, India, best enviro 2020 thumbnail
DEFNE ÖZDEMİR 10 YEARS OLD, TURKEY, ATASEHİR YÖNDER SCHOOLS, best enviro 2020 thumbnail
Cora Kerr, 11 years old, NJ, USA, best enviro 2020 thumbnail
ADONIA ASHLINE, 8 yrs, India, keep our seas free from plastic, best enviro 2020 thumbnail
24_CHAN PO CHI, ANGELO_AGED 7_HONG KONG_CHINA, best enviro 2020 thumbnail
Sanvi Khandelwal, 10 years old, USA, best enviro 2020 thumbnail

Best 3D Artwork

1st Place: Avalon Fancourt, 8th grade, Nevada, USA
2nd Place: Gayeong Song, 13 years old, California, USA
3rd Place: Cade Jenkins, 8 years old, Nevada, USA

Honorable Mentions:

Madeleine J. Lee, 12 years old, California, USA
Preksha Utekar, 8 years old, Ireland
Yufei Song, 8 years old, China
Om Shewale, 4 years old, Kuwait

1st Place - Avalon Fancourt, 8th grade, Nevada, USA, best 3d 2020

1st Place - Avalon Fancourt, 8th grade, Nevada, USA, best 3d 2020

2nd Place - Gayeong Song, 13 years old, CA, USA, best 3d art 2020

2nd Place - Gayeong Song, 13 years old, CA, USA, best 3d art 2020

3rd Place - Cade Jenkins, 8 years old, Nevada, USA, Best 3D 2020, Being healthy to fight against Covid-19

3rd Place - Cade Jenkins, 8 years old, Nevada, USA, Best 3D 2020, Being healthy to fight against Covid-19

Madeleine J. Lee,12 years old, CA, USA, Best 3d 2020

Madeleine J. Lee,12 years old, CA, USA, Best 3d 2020

Preksha Utekar, 8 years old, Ireland, best 3d 2020

Preksha Utekar, 8 years old, Ireland, best 3d 2020

Yufei Song, 8 years old, China, Tree of life, best 3d 2020

Yufei Song, 8 years old, China, Tree of life, best 3d 2020

Om Shewale, 4 years old, Kuwait, best 3d 2020

Om Shewale, 4 years old, Kuwait, best 3d 2020

1st Place - Avalon Fancourt, 8th grade, Nevada, USA, best 3d 2020 thumbnail
2nd Place - Gayeong Song, 13 years old, CA, USA, best 3d art 2020 thumbnail
3rd Place - Cade Jenkins, 8 years old, Nevada, USA, Best 3D 2020, Being healthy to fight against Covid-19 thumbnail
Madeleine J. Lee,12 years old, CA, USA, Best 3d 2020 thumbnail
Preksha Utekar, 8 years old, Ireland, best 3d 2020 thumbnail
Yufei Song, 8 years old, China, Tree of life, best 3d 2020 thumbnail
Om Shewale, 4 years old, Kuwait, best 3d 2020 thumbnail

Best Black and White Artwork

1st Place: Fay Davis, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2nd Place: Hiranyika Aphithranang, 12 years old, Thailand
3rd Place: Lee-ann Del Valle, 16, years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Honorable Mentions:

Alona Novika, 8 years old, Latvia
Adel Ishak, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Parv Jain, 13 years old, India

1st Place - Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best Black and White art 2020

1st Place - Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best Black and White art 2020

2nd Place - Hiranyika Aphithanang,12 years old, Thailand, best Black and White art 2020

2nd Place - Hiranyika Aphithanang,12 years old, Thailand, best Black and White art 2020

3rd Place - Lee-ann Del Valle, 16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, Nj, USA, best Black and White art 2020

3rd Place - Lee-ann Del Valle, 16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, Nj, USA, best Black and White art 2020

Alona Novika, 8 years old, Latvia, Best Black and White art 2020

Alona Novika, 8 years old, Latvia, Best Black and White art 2020

Adel Ishak, 16 LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best Black and White art 2020

Adel Ishak, 16 LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best Black and White art 2020

Parv Jain, 13 years, India, best Black and White art 2020

Parv Jain, 13 years, India, best Black and White art 2020

1st Place - Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best BW 2020 thumbnail
2nd Place - Hiranyika Aphithanang,12 years old, Thailand, best BW 2020 thumbnail
3rd Place - Lee-ann Del Valle, 16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, Nj, USA, best BW 2020 thumbnail
Alona Novika, 8 years old, Latvia, Best BW 2020 thumbnail
Adel Ishak, 16 LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best BW 2020 thumbnail
Parv Jain, 13 years, India, best BW 2020 thumbnail

Best Artwork from Jersey City

1st Place: Phat Nguyen, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2nd Place: Fay Davis, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
3rd Place: Briana Roman, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Honorable Mentions:
Eryn Hodges, 15 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Siddhi Jain, 8 years old, Jersey City,NJ, USA
Sheleeza Haniff, 17 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Salma Osman, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Maximus Powers, 17 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA

1st Place, Phat Nguyen 16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best Jersey City 2020

1st Place, Phat Nguyen 16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best Jersey City 2020

2nd place, Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best Jersey City 2020

2nd place, Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best Jersey City 2020

3rd Place, Briana Roman,16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best jersey city 2020

3rd Place, Briana Roman,16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best jersey city 2020

Eryn Hodges, 15, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best JC 2020

Eryn Hodges, 15, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best JC 2020

Siddhi Jain, 8 yrs old, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best Jersey city 2020

Siddhi Jain, 8 yrs old, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best Jersey city 2020

Sheleeza Haniff, 17 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best jersey city 2020

Sheleeza Haniff, 17 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best jersey city 2020

Salma Osman_13_USA, Jersey City, NJ, best JC 2020

Salma Osman_13_USA, Jersey City, NJ, best JC 2020

Maximus Powers, 17, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, Nj, USA, best JC 2020

Maximus Powers, 17, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, Nj, USA, best JC 2020

1st Place-Phat Nguyen 16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best Jersey City 2020 thumbnail
2nd place-Fay Davis, 13 yrs old, NJ, USA, best Jersey City 2020 thumbnail
3rd Place-Briana Roman,16, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best jersey city 2020 thumbnail
Eryn Hodges, 15, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA, best JC 2020 thumbnail
Siddhi-Jain-8-yrs-old-Jersey-City-NJ-USA-2020, best JC 2020 thumbnail
Sheleeza_Haniff_17-USA, Jersey City, NJ, best jersey city 2020 thumbnail
Salma Osman_13_USA, Jersey City, NJ, best JC 2020 thumbnail
Maximus Powers, 17, LIBERTY HS, Jersey City, Nj, USA, best JC 2020 thumbnail

Best Artwork from the United States of America

1st Place: Fay Davis, 13 years old, USA
2nd Place: Ximing Luo, 15 years old, Maryland, USA
3rd Place: Clara Jieun Choi, 11 years old, California, USA

Honorable Mentions:

Anna Nunez-Molina, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Aditi Ganguli, 11 years old, USA
Siddhi Jain, 8 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Royal Lin Lawson, 5 years old, USA
Madeleine J. Lee, 12 years old, USA
Gayeong Song, 13 years old, California, USA
Avalon Fancourt, 8th grade, Nevada, USA

1st place - Fay Davis, 13 years old, bw covid 19 mask, winner best usa 2020

1st place - Fay Davis, 13 years old, bw covid 19 mask, winner best usa 2020

2nd place - Ximing Luo, 15 years old, Maryland, best of USA 2020

2nd place - Ximing Luo, 15 years old, Maryland, best of USA 2020

3rd place - Clara Jieun Choi, 11 years old, CA, best art of USA 2020

3rd place - Clara Jieun Choi, 11 years old, CA, best art of USA 2020

Anna Nunez-Molina,13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, best of USA 2020

Anna Nunez-Molina,13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, best of USA 2020

Aditi Ganguli, 11 years old, Best of USA 2020

Aditi Ganguli, 11 years old, Best of USA 2020

Siddhi-Jain-8-yrs-old-Jersey-City-NJ-USA-2020, best of usa 2020

Siddhi-Jain-8-yrs-old-Jersey-City-NJ-USA-2020, best of usa 2020

Royal Lin Lawson, 5 years old, USA, Earth past and present, best of USA 2020

Royal Lin Lawson, 5 years old, USA, Earth past and present, best of USA 2020

Madeleine J. Lee,12 years old, CA, USA, Best of USA 2020

Madeleine J. Lee,12 years old, CA, USA, Best of USA 2020

Gayeong Song, 13 years old, CA, USA, best of USA 2020

Gayeong Song, 13 years old, CA, USA, best of USA 2020

Avalon Fancourt, 8th grade, Nevada, USA, best of USA 2020

Avalon Fancourt, 8th grade, Nevada, USA, best of USA 2020

1st place - Fay Davis, 13 years old, bw covid 19 mask, winner best usa 2020 thumbnail
2nd place - Ximing Luo, 15 years old, Maryland, best of USA 2020 thumbnail
3rd place - Clara Jieun Choi, 11 years old, CA, best art of USA 2020 thumbnail
Anna Nunez-Molina,13 years old, Jersey City, NJ, best of USA 2020 thumbnail
Aditi Ganguli, 11 years old, Best of USA 2020 thumbnail
Siddhi-Jain-8-yrs-old-Jersey-City-NJ-USA-2020, best of usa 2020 thumbnail
Royal Lin Lawson, 5 years old, USA, Earth past and present, best of USA 2020 thumbnail
Madeleine J. Lee,12 years old, CA, USA, Best of USA 2020 thumbnail
Gayeong Song, 13 years old, CA, USA, best of USA 2020 thumbnail
Avalon Fancourt, 8th grade, Nevada, USA, best of USA 2020 thumbnail

Best artwork from Turkey

1st Place: Iris Sanliturk, 9 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020
2nd Place: Yeliz Caglayan, 11 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020
3rd Place: Ipek Aygun, 7 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

Honorable Mentions:

Elif Beren Calgici, 12 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020
Defne Ozdemir, 10 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020
Ayselnur Akar, 11 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020
Aymeric Turkyener, 14 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020
Zeynep Yanmaz, 14 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020 

1st Place - Iris Sanliturk, 9 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

1st Place - Iris Sanliturk, 9 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

2nd Place - Yeliz Caglayan, 11 years old, best art from Turkey 2020

2nd Place - Yeliz Caglayan, 11 years old, best art from Turkey 2020

3rd Place - Ipek Aygun, 7 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

3rd Place - Ipek Aygun, 7 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

Elif Beren Çalğıcı, 12 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

Elif Beren Çalğıcı, 12 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

Defne Özdemir, 10 years old, best from Turkey 2020

Defne Özdemir, 10 years old, best from Turkey 2020

Ayselnur Akar, 11 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

Ayselnur Akar, 11 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

Aymeric Turkyener, 14 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

Aymeric Turkyener, 14 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020

Zeynep Yanmaz, 14 years old, Best from Turkey 2020

Zeynep Yanmaz, 14 years old, Best from Turkey 2020

1st Place - Iris Sanliturk, 9 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020 thumbnail
2nd Place - Yeliz Caglayan, 11 years old, best art from Turkey 2020 thumbnail
3rd Place - Ipek Aygun, 7 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020 thumbnail
Elif Beren Çalğıcı, 12 years old, Best art fromTurkey 2020 thumbnail
Defne Özdemir, 10 years old, best from Turkey 2020 thumbnail
Ayselnur Akar, 11 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020 thumbnail
Aymeric Turkyener, 14 years old, Best art from Turkey 2020 thumbnail
Zeynep Yanmaz, 14 years old, Best from Turkey 2020 thumbnail

Best art from China 2020

1st Place: Mingxian Zhu, 16 years old, Best art from China 2020
2nd Place: Suen Pui In, Kali, 17 years old, Best art from China 2020
3rd Place: Zhuran Zhang, 10 years old, Best art from China 2020

Honorable Mentions:

Shuo Chen, 11 years old, Best art from China 2020
Qingsi Fan, 6 years old, Best art from China 2020
Mingzhen Li, 15 years old, Best art from China 2020
Lucy Chen, 9 years old, Best art from China 2020
Fong Po Pui, 12 years old, Best art from China 2020
Jingxuan Liu, 10 years old, Best art from China 2020
Tianyun Sun, 12 years old, Best art from China 2020

1st Place - Mingxian Zhu, 16, China, Collapse, best art from china 2020

1st Place - Mingxian Zhu, 16, China, Collapse, best art from china 2020

2nd Place - Suen Pui In, Kali, 17 yrs, Hong Kong, China, best art from china 2020

2nd Place - Suen Pui In, Kali, 17 yrs, Hong Kong, China, best art from china 2020

3rd Place - Zhuoran Zhang, 10 yrs, China, Polar bear's little wish, best art from China 2020

3rd Place - Zhuoran Zhang, 10 yrs, China, Polar bear's little wish, best art from China 2020

Shuo Chen, 11 years old, China, Whale, best art from China 2020

Shuo Chen, 11 years old, China, Whale, best art from China 2020

Qingsi Fan, 6 years old, China, Amazing Aquarium, best art from china 2020

Qingsi Fan, 6 years old, China, Amazing Aquarium, best art from china 2020

Mingzhen Li, 15 years old, China, Awakening, best art from China 2020

Mingzhen Li, 15 years old, China, Awakening, best art from China 2020

Lucy Chen, 9 yrs old, China, Scales of nature, best art from china 2020

Lucy Chen, 9 yrs old, China, Scales of nature, best art from china 2020

Fong Po Pui, 12 yrs, Hong Kong, best art from China 2020

Fong Po Pui, 12 yrs, Hong Kong, best art from China 2020

Jingxuan Liu, 10, China, Wipe up, best art from china 2020

Jingxuan Liu, 10, China, Wipe up, best art from china 2020

Tianyun Sun, 12, China, Survivor, best art from China 2020

Tianyun Sun, 12, China, Survivor, best art from China 2020

1st Place - Mingxian Zhu, 16, China, Collapse, best art from china 2020 thumbnail
2nd Place - Suen Pui In, Kali, 17 yrs, Hong Kong, China, best art from china 2020 thumbnail
3rd Place - Zhuoran Zhang, 10 yrs, China, Polar bear's little wish, best art from China 2020 thumbnail
Shuo Chen, 11, China, Whale, best art from China 2020 thumbnail
Qingsi Fan, 6, China, Amazing Aquarium, best art from china 2020 thumbnail
Mingzhen Li, 15, China, Awakening, best art from China 2020 thumbnail
Lucy Chen,9, China, Scales of nature, best art from china 2020 thumbnail
Fong Po Pui, 12 yrs, Hong Kong, best art from China 2020 thumbnail
Jingxuan Liu, 10, China, Wipe up, best art from china 2020 thumbnail
Tianyun Sun, 12, China, Survivor, best art from China 2020 thumbnail

Best art from India 2020

1st Place: Riya Jain, 17 years old, Best art from India 2020
2nd Place: Somdetta Dey, 11 years old, Best art from India 2020
3rd Place: Tanvi Gadre, 16 years old, Best art from India 2020

Honorable Mentions:

Joannah John, 5 years old, Best art from India 2020
Andria Ashline, 5 years old, Best art from Inida 2020
Hitesh Kumar Panda, 9 years old, Best art from India 2020
Adyaashree Rout, 7 years old, Best art from India 2020
Charvisree Nirujogi, 11 years old, Best art from India 2020

1st Place - Riya Jain, 17 yrs, India-best art from India 2020

1st Place - Riya Jain, 17 yrs, India-best art from India 2020

2nd Place - Somdetta Dey, 11 years old, best art from India 2020

2nd Place - Somdetta Dey, 11 years old, best art from India 2020

3rd Place - Tanvi Gadre, 16 yrs old, Mumbai, best art from India 2020

3rd Place - Tanvi Gadre, 16 yrs old, Mumbai, best art from India 2020

Joannah John, 5 years old, best art from India 2020

Joannah John, 5 years old, best art from India 2020

Andria Ashline, 5 years old, best art from India 2020

Andria Ashline, 5 years old, best art from India 2020

Hitesh Kumar Panda, 9 yrs old, best art from India 2020

Hitesh Kumar Panda, 9 yrs old, best art from India 2020

Adyaashree Rout, 7 years old, best art from India 2020

Adyaashree Rout, 7 years old, best art from India 2020

Charvisree Nirujogi, Age 11, best art from India 2020

Charvisree Nirujogi, Age 11, best art from India 2020

1st Place - Riya Jain, 17 yrs, India-best art from India 2020 thumbnail
2nd Place - Somdetta Dey, 11 years old, best art from India 2020 thumbnail
3rd Place - Tanvi Gadre, 16 yrs old, Mumbai, best art from India 2020 thumbnail
Joannah John, 5 years old, best art from India 2020 thumbnail
Andria Ashline, 5 years old, best art from India 2020 thumbnail
Hitesh Kumar Panda, 9 yrs old, best art from India 2020 thumbnail
Adyaashree Rout, 7 years old, best art from India 2020 thumbnail
Charvisree Nirujogi, Age 11, best art from India 2020 thumbnail

06/28/18

Salamander from the Rainforest painted on Catch Basin

Update from the corner of Bleecker Street and Central Avenue in Jersey City Heights!

 

Jersey City’s adopt a catch basin program is thriving! It’s very simple. Sign up to take care of a catch basin (storm drain) and the City of Jersey City will assign an artist to paint something original for you. It’s a win-win situation! The city receives help from the public to keep these drains clear of garbage and snow/ice in the winter and we get beautiful artwork that passers by admire. In addition, because they are of an environmental nature, it helps remind the public to keep the streets clean.

Swati Rastogi and Susan Newman salamander catch basin jersey city heights

Last year I noticed a beautiful artwork done by artist Swati Rastogi and requested her as the artist for my second corner (opposite last year’s frog). I was so excited when she contacted me this week because it was time for her to paint the corner.

Here’s what Swati wrote about this project:

“I never knew what a Salamander was until I was asked by the city to paint one at the corner of Central Avenue & Bleecker Street in Jersey City.

Susan Newman who adopted this catch basin has proudly named it “Biodiversity Matters” and is actively letting the residents know about the program.

Honestly this “adopt a catch basin” campaign is making the city much more vibrant and creating awareness for how important it is to keep the sewers clean.

Thank you for choosing me as your artist!.”

– Swati Rastogi

 

I wrote about this program last year in greater detail, so check out the article about the program and why it’s so important.

Adopt a Catch Basin Frog Art

04/22/18

Protecting Amphibians Through Correct Silvicultural Practices

Recent findings indicate that frogs could be going the way of the dinosaurs. Studies by scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS) depicted that the number of amphibians is shrinking by an average rate of 3.7% yearly. Despite environmentalists championing for the protection of frogs, hosting amphibian themed art exhibitions and releasing publications to educate, among many other efforts, there is still a significant decline in the number of amphibians, especially frogs. Blame pollution, diseases, climate change and more importantly incessant deforestation.

Protecting amphibians and frogs through the correct silvicultural activities in forests helps in ensuring their continuity. While tree harvesting is essential for electricity poles, fuel, the paper industry, and construction, it should not be done in a way that it leads to the loss of amphibian habitats.

Photo by Stefan Steinbauer on Unsplash

The Right Pruning Tools

In forest activities such as pruning, trimming, and the harvesting of firewood, chainsaws are preferably the best tools. Why? Unlike harvesters which fell many trees at a time, chainsaws cut down one tree at a time. This ensures animal habitats are not destroyed during the operation and that seedlings and saplings are protected. These machines are portable making pruning among other activities in various locations easier.

While chainsaws come in different sizes, small chainsaws are preferably the best, especially chainsaws powered by a lithium-Ion battery. These particular type of chainsaws are eco-friendly since they don’t release noxious fumes into the atmosphere when pruning or trimming trees. Furthermore, they don’t cause noise pollution and can be operated easily since they are not heavy. However, when operating a chainsaw it is very important to have the knowledge on how to operate one safely. Other brilliant tools you can use when pruning a tree post include loppers and pole pruners.

Correct Pruning

Pruning is done to remove any overgrown tree branches, stems, and any deformed tree parts. When pruning is done in the correct manner it results in high-quality timber which directly reflects on value and price. Correct pruning, according to A-Absolute Tree Services, involves making sure that a third of the living branches are left after pruning. Right timing on when to prune is critical especially if the area to be pruned is a wildlife shelter. Furthermore, it should be done in a proper way such that the game cover is not destroyed.

Recommended Pruning Techniques

Target pruning is one the best methods of pruning, as stated by Research Gate, since one is able to leave tree parts intact and minimize bole’s tissue damage. Canopy pruning is another recommended pruning technique as it enables light penetration. This allows for the growth of grasses and other plants and this encourages survival of amphibians and frogs. During pruning, the windward side should be taken into consideration as amphibians especially frogs which breathe through their skin, could be easily affected by debris-carrying wind.

Utility Poles

In the United States, most utility poles are made of wood, despite the emergence of steel utility poles. This is because wood is a good insulator and is relatively cheap due to the high availability of trees. Among the trees popularly used are red cedars, Southern yellow pines, and Western yellow pines as they produce straight poles. Poles are selected while still standing in the forest, then the felling process begins.

Most of the times the right procedures and techniques are not used in this process. Unfortunately, flush cutting is observed on pruned trees that are meant for utility poles. Tree topping is also another wrong technique that not only gives an ugly view of the forest but also, has zero considerations for potential wildlife habitats. If the right equipment is not used, the forest environment could be adversely affected. This is why knowledge on the right way of pruning and harvesting trees is key, especially with the high demand for poles and timber.

Amphibians and reptiles make the environment greener. They help in natural pest control and act as food for other wildlife. The contribution of frogs to modern medicine is another reason why frogs are so important. With the above-given statistics, it is evident that more needs to be done in order to care of and protect them. Proper environmental care, especially in the forest, and curbing pollution will go a long way in preserving these species for generations to come.

Written and researched by Jennifer Dawson

11/19/17

Colorful Catch Basins around Jersey City Star a Red-eyed Tree Frog

Jersey City, have you seen all the colorful images painted on catch basins all around town?

Our city wants residents and business owners to “adopt a catch basin.” When Frogs Are Green heard about this program, in which artists decorate these basins with whatever images you suggest, we claimed a drain, and now the corner of Central Avenue and Bleecker Street boasts a gorgeous, colorful red-eyed tree frog. We also just claimed the opposite corner which we call Biodiversity Matters. Environmental themes make the most sense.

Red-eyed Tree Frog artwork for catch basin in Jersey City Heights.

Red-eyed tree frog artwork for catch basin in Jersey City Heights.

As you walk around Jersey City, you’ll see a lighthouse, fish, turtles, sea turtles, an octopus, and many other original artworks by different artists. When you join the program and adopt a drain, you get to name it and request a certain image.

This is a great way to give artists work, clean up the streets, and show citizens where rain water goes. Once you claim a drain, you become responsible for keeping it clear from trash and, in the colder months, ice and snow. It’s a useful reminder not to throw garbage down there. Year after year I’ve walked around my neighborhood and seen trash and leaves piling up at these catch basins and trees, like a new sign post for trash. Since the city has a limited amount of street cleaners–actual people who only work main streets and only certain days– getting the public involved will help.

 

About the “Adopt a Catch Basin” program from the Jersey City Office of Innovation’s website:

“Catch basins or sewer drains collect storm and rain water from streets and sidewalks, which then travels into the sewer system. Any debris in the street and on the sidewalk can clog and block a catch basin, causing local flooding and potentially polluting our waterways. Our ‘Adopt a Catch Basin’ program empowers local residents and other volunteers to help keep catch basins clean and expand awareness of our sewer system.”

 

Once I made this commitment, I started researching what does go down the drain besides rain water and have discovered some unbelievable facts.

NJ’s sewage systems are old and in serious need of repair. Just read this article about what happened to the Middlesex County Utilities Authority in New Jersey. They were just starting to repair the main pump when Hurricane Sandy hit.

 
…Hurricane Sandy triggered flooding that knocked out the Passaic Valley Utility Authority in Newark—the fifth-largest wastewater treatment facility in the country—for weeks, sending some 840 million gallons of untreated sewage into Newark Bay, according to a 2013 report by the independent research organization Climate Central.

The federal EPA in 2008 estimated the cost of upgrading New Jersey’s CSOs statewide at $9.3 billion.

…Environmentalists warn that the high cost of fixing New Jersey’s ailing sewer systems pales beside the cost of doing nothing. While our ocean waters were deemed swimmable in a July 2013 DEP assessment, 73 percent of the state’s non-ocean waters tested failed due to bacteria indicating the presence of fecal matter. And only 3 percent of 952 watersheds were judged safe to eat, with 38 percent containing dangerous levels of mercury or toxic PCBs…

Please read the entire article here:
https://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/down-the-drain-njs-sewage-system/
 

Just imagine what this means to wildlife. Let’s all do our part in helping the environment be safe for all.

 

05/18/16

City of Trees: Shop Window Painting on Central Avenue

The Jersey City Parks Coalition, Frogs Are Green, Jersey City Board of Education and the Central Avenue Special Improvement District invite you to take a stroll down Central Avenue on May 26th, 2016 as 110 Jersey City students paint their vision of “City of Trees” on storefront windows. Each student will have a designated boxed space on a shop window in which to replicate their sketch. The artwork should remain up for a few weeks, so all can see and be inspired to learn more.

A few weeks ago Jersey City students answered the call to participate in the “City of Trees” initiative and over 110 students from 10 different schools submitted their artworks which are currently in an online gallery. Now we’re taking those visions to the Jersey City Heights community.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2947219@N22/

We wish to thank Ann Marley, District Supervisor, Art Programs, Jersey City and the Jersey City Board of Education’s students for participating.

https://www.facebook.com/events/467752383415317/ 

Martina Gebrail of PS 23, Jersey City

City of Trees artwork by Martina Gebrail of PS 23, 8th Grade, Jersey City

After the success of last Fall’s Halloween window painting event by the CASID, which brought out over 100 students and Central Avenue businesses embraced, we’re bringing this outdoor window painting back for an important environmental cause.

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A bit of history that inspired this project:

Did you know that the Jersey City tree canopy is at severely low levels?

The City of Trees initiative is our response to the tree canopy study conducted by the Jersey City Environmental Commission, which found that the JC tree canopy is currently at 17%. (The national average is 40% for a mid-sized city.)

City of Trees - logo design by Susan Newman for Jersey City Parks Coalition

City of Trees – logo design by Susan Newman for Jersey City Parks Coalition

The City of Trees initiative promotes healthy trees by educating residents and increasing their role in the care of the City’s trees. Through training workshops, volunteers can become part of our citywide “Tree Lovers Crew” (TLC) and share the responsibility to plant and care for trees in their neighborhoods. Since 2005, the Parks Coalition has empowered residents and volunteers to get involved in greening projects, resulting in healthier and more sustainable communities throughout the City. Beginning with three member parks, the Jersey City Parks Coalition has grown to more than 20 community and parks groups that maintain, beautify and organize programs and activities for their parks and surrounding neighborhoods. The coalition believes in protecting and increasing the care for our precious open spaces. “There is no better tool to bring about change in your neighborhoods than through parks and green initiatives. We’ve learned this over and over again. Our parks are at the center of change.” says Mory Thomas, Vice President of the JCPC.

05/5/16

7 Garden Maintenance Tips in Autumn

watering garden

As Autumn approaches in Melbourne, many householders are starting to prepare their gardens for the colder months and taking care of the little jobs that may have passed them by. The season plays an important role in how well your plants, trees and foliage will do during the winter time, so with 7 simple preparation tips, you can have a clean, lush and bumper garden before the cold weather kicks in.

1. Have a good clear out of your garden

racking leaves in garden

One of the best ways to prepare your garden for Autumn is to clean your garden of any leaves or tree branches that may have built up over the last few months. Autumn is a great time to start to clear out the main base of your garden, allowing you to see and tend to flowers of shrubs in the winter. If you have lots of items to remove, why not start your garden waste removal with the help of a skip bin hire company to handle the majority of the heavy lifting.

2. Maintain your lawn
mowing the lawn

Lawn and garden maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult, as with the right tools and the right approach you can enjoy a lush and green garden all year round. Instead of waiting until the grass is a little too long, why not get the mower out and keep it at the height you best prefer. That way the grass will be at full health and you will minimise the risk of seeing bald patches as the old grass is left covering the newer turf.

3. Clean up your borders

trimming hedges and bushes

Tidying up your borders is a great way to have your garden looking fresh and in top shape. Clear out any foliage that shouldn’t be there and inspect the soil accordingly. If you have any plants that you feel are poorly placed, autumn is the perfect time to get in there and replant them. If any perennials have faded slightly, cut them back to around 5cm to provide them the best health over the coming months.

4. Start your compost harvest

composting

If you have any deciduous trees that are in or overhang your garden, don’t worry about all of the leaves that have fallen and start a leaf mould to add to your compost. The leaves make amazing quality compost in a year or two, so store away all you can and you will have your very own compost to recycle in your garden.

5. The best time to plant evergreen

planting evergreen

Autumn is the best time to plant evergreen varieties due to the soil being still warm and with ever so slightly cooler weather. This greenery makes up the backbone of any quality garden, providing the green backdrop that many gardeners aim for. Plant your evergreen varieties in a way that brings bulk to your shrub borders and adds colour and depth to your main focal point plants.

6. Lift out timid species before the frost
lift out fragile plants in autumn

Autumn is the time when you will need to lift out your most fragile plants such as Dahlias or Begonias and place them into storage in a cool and dry place. Use sand or compost to keep them healthy and ensure that you replant them when spring arrives the coming year. Ensure they are fully covered with just the crowns visible to keep them healthy and happy.

7. Take care of your gardening tools

take care of gardening tools

Autumn is a great time of the year to ensure your gardening equipment is well maintained and in good working order. If you need to purchase replacement tools, check out your local garden hardware store to see if they have anything new and exciting in stock. Oil and clean any motorised equipment you might have, and get yourself ready for the busier months to come!

If you feel that gardening in Autumn is a little too much to handle all by yourself, why not hire a garden waste removal company that allows you to clear out your garden of foliage, branches, cut grass and soil and create for yourself a fresh and bright new garden. Simply have the skip bin delivered at a time of your choosing, fill it up and call for removal for a weekends work, your garden can get a full makeover.