WINNERS OF THE 2012 CONTESTS
Calling All Kids ages 3-12! – The 3rd annual 2012 Frogs Are Green Art Contest
Last year we received over 500 entries from kids around the world, including Canada, Scotland, Ireland, India, Lithuania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Hong Kong. As always, we were so impressed by the kids’ creativity and imagination and the variety of ways they expressed themselves: in crayon, watercolor, colored pencil, clay, 3D sculptures, dioramas, murals, mosaics, and mixed media.
If you’d like to see the artwork from the 2011 contest, you can view the entries by either selecting the “Frogs Are Green galleries” link in the site navigation or by holding the cursor over the gallery thumbnails in the site’s right sidebar, where you will see the Kids’ Art Contest 2011, among others. Once you click on the first piece of art, just click the forward and back arrows and you can view each piece of art in a slide show. The winners were featured in this post. (Announcing the Winners of the 2011 Kids Art Contest)
We will award winners based on age in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12. We also added a few new categories last year, Best 3D, Most Unusual Artwork, and this may expand depending on what we receive. The winners will receive a Frogs Are Green Poster of their choice from our store. All kids receive a certificate via download on our site.
Our 2012 campaign to help frogs! As part of the campaign we’re excited to announce the 3rd FROGS ARE GREEN art contest for kids.
IT IS EASY BEING GREEN!
Your artwork can be about frogs and how we can help them, or it can be about ways we can be green at home, at school, or in the community.
Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2012 and the winners will be announced January 21, 2013. The winners will be featured in a post.
We’re looking for drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, or whatever format helps you express yourself.
This year we have a new contest area using Flickr, where you can enter yourself.
There are three different group pools, so be sure to enter your photo/artwork into the right group pool.
For the Kids’ Art Contest, you must add a caption, with your Name, Age, and Country (and a caption if you like) or your submission will not be added.
Please print out the attached flyer to post in your neighborhood schools.
We can’t wait to see your artwork!
2012 Frog Photo Contest!
We’re excited to announce the 4th Annual FROGS ARE GREEN Photo contest!
Here are the rules:
We will be accepting submissions in two categories: Frogs in the Wild and Backyard Frogs. Backyard Frog photos would include such photos as a frog perched on your picnic table or other unusual place. Last year, for example, we received a photo of a frog sitting on a pool hose. Frogs in the Wild photos, on the other hand, should feature frogs, toads, or other amphibians in their natural habitat: frog ponds, marshes, in the woods, and so on.
PLEASE—no photo manipulation and no photos of pet frogs. Please do not move the frog to get a better photo. Photos of amphibians of all kinds, including salamanders, will be accepted.
This year we have a new contest area using Flickr, where you can enter yourself. There are three different group pools, two for photography so be sure to enter your photo into the right group pool.
All entries must be received by December 15, 2012. Winners will be announced January 21, 2013.
The winner will receive a Frogs Are Green t-shirt or poster of his/her choice from our store. The photo will be featured in a separate post and the photo will be in our gallery all year.
SOME TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING AMPHIBIANS
For those of you who have never photographed an amphibian, here are some tips from the book Frogs: A Chorus of Colors by John and Deborah Behler, which has a chapter on photographing these elusive and well-camouflaged creatures:
• Try to learn about the animal first. What is its habitat? When are they active?
• Walk slowly and stop frequently (it helps to have someone with you who is less than 3 feet tall and has sharp eyes). Frogs and toads blend in so well that they are hard to find. Be alert for subtle movements.
• In summer, you might find the sit-and-wait frog predators hanging out on the edges of ponds and lakes.
• Be aware of the position of the sun. Avoid taking pictures at midday on bright sunny days. In the morning, face east and it will keep sunlight from coming into your lens and washing out your photos.
• Don’t necessarily put the subject in the middle of the photo. Keep the whole animal in the photo, but compose the picture so the background tells a story.
• Bracket your photos, i.e., take the same shot with different settings. Also, try taking a flash photo. Without a flash, animals in photos may look lifeless and poorly lighted.
• Try to be on the same level as your subject.
• State parks, bird sanctuaries, and wildlife refuges are good places to find amphibians.
You don’t need fancy equipment. I took this photo of a bullfrog in low light with a Kodak EasyShare camera on the Flower Setting (close up).
We want to thank all the children who entered our 2011 Frogs Are Green kids’ art contest! We received 520 entries from 26 countries this year and it’s taking us quite some time to get all those wristbands out, so please be patient.
and… since people like our Weird and Unusual Frog Calendar, we were hoping to create a kids’ art calendar and will need your permission, so if you see this, do email us that we can use your child’s artwork when we create it. Of course the child will get credit just like it appears on our site, name, age and state and/or country.
The photography category received about 30 entries for Frogs in the Wild and 30 for Backyard Frogs. That of course is open to adults and children and the winners will also be announced on Jan. 5th, 2012.
Thank you frog lovers! Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter so you can receive our free poster download, and know when the next contest is coming.
Hey Kids! – Check out our 2010 Frogs Are Green Art Contest
We awarded winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12. See the Gallery!
Contest theme: IT IS EASY BEING GREEN!
Frog Lovers! Check out the 2010 Frog Photo Contest
See the winners in our two Galleries!
See the 2010 winner! - 2010 Earth Day Contest Winner
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we’d like you to ignore the politics and recapture this excitement about preserving the environment and about enjoying and reconnecting to nature.
To that end, we’re sponsoring an Earth Day contest (open to all ages). Pleasesend us one simple practical idea by April 19th that we can all use to help the environment or reconnect with nature, guided by these words:
It doesn’t have to be a grand or complicated idea. For example, maybe someone can think of a way for people to remember to bring reusable grocery bags to the store. The winner, announced on Earth Day, will receive either the poster above or below (printed on FSC certified paper) or a 100% cotton t-shirt or onesie, made and printed in the U.S (their choice).
Calling all Frog Artists! 2009 (click to read more)
We are seeking kids’ frog art—lots of it! We hope to encourage kids and their teachers to learn about and get interested in frogs, toads, and other amphibians. If you’re an elementary school teacher, parent, or educator, please send us jpegs (2mb maximum size) of your students’ or kids’ drawings or paintings of frogs and we will display them in school group galleries on the FROGS ARE GREEN blog. We’d be happy to receive images of any art form—sculpture, drawing, painting, or watercolor.
If the art work is part of a school project, please send the jpegs in one bunch. Individual drawings not part of a class project are fine, too. Include the name of your school, state, country (if not the U.S.), grade level, and child’s name for each piece of art.
Please print out the attached flyer to post in your neighborhood schools.
We are happy to announce the FROGS ARE GREEN photo contest. The winner will receive a free “Prince of Amphibians” t-shirt and we’ll feature the photo in the gallery on our blog. See the information on the left side of the blog. (Note: your photo can be of any amphibian, including salamanders).