Calling All Frog Lovers! – 6th Annual Frogs Are Green Photo Contest
The contest officially opens on September 2, 2014.
Last year we received nearly 100 entries from amphibian lovers of all ages around the world!
Frogs, Amphibians and their Environment!
Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014 and the winners will be announced by January 15, 2015. The winners will be featured in a post and their photographs shared online and through social media.
Enter the >> Backyard Frogs Photo Contest 2014 << Now!
Enter the >> Frogs in the Wild Photo Contest 2014 << Now!
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. One 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. ***Be sure to upload your image to the right gallery and not both!***
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.
If you cannot view Flickr where you are located, just email your digital entries to Frogs Are Green and we will upload your images to the Flickr group gallery. You must share your Full Name and from what State or Country the image was taken. You may also enter a caption to help describe or place the image. ****Note: You DO NOT need to have an email with Yahoo to enter! Just look on the Sign In/Sign Up on Flickr and you’ll see other email options!
The 1st place winners will receive a prize, and 2nd place winners will receive a Frogs Are Green poster of his/her choice from the Frogs Are Green store. Winners will be judged and placed in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention categories.
Click here to download the poster for displaying in schools, libraries and other community spaces. >> 6th Annual Frogs Are Green Photo Contest <<
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.
Now’s your chance during the warm months to snap up those winning images!
Enter the >> Backyard Frogs Photo Contest 2014 << Now!
Enter the >> Frogs in the Wild Photo Contest 2014 << Now!
CHECK OUT THE WINNERS OF 2013!
1st Place Winner, Frogs in the Wild – Sara Viernum, The Wandering Herpetologist
1st Place Winner, Backyard Frogs – Wes Deyton, Last Mile Photography
MEET THE EXPERT JUDGES for 2014!
Founder, Voices for Nature, Jabujicaba: The Heart of Brazil
Sigrid Shreeve is the author of Jabujicaba and writes under the penname of Rosa da Silva. She is the founder director of the not-for-profit company Voices for Nature. Her professional background is environmental policy and communications. She has lived and worked in many countries including the New York, where her two children were born.
Sigrid grew up loving frogs and toads. She keeps wet and wild places in her garden for them and has often undertaken frog and toad rescue with her dog, Archie the Airedale. Especially when it is spawning season and the frogs are en route on England’s roads and by-ways… Unfortunately she never has a camera with her but here is a picture of Sigrid with Archie the Airedale.
Alyssa Bredin is a Hoboken born photographer & graphic artist.
She currently works as a designer for The Hudson Reporter Newspapers as well as a photographer for tbishphoto. (tbishphoto.com) Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Jersey City Magazine & 07030 Magazine.
Alyssa has always had a deep love of animals & is very excited to be a part of this project. When she’s not taking pictures, she can be found cuddling with her rescue dogs and cat, and hanging out in her native Hoboken.
Sam Skolnik Mullane
Owner, Oogaa, Eco-friendly Baby Products and Environmentalist
Sam Skolnik Mullane has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Interior Design from the School of Visual Arts, NYC.
She worked in a London based Architectural firm for 7 years before moving back to the US.
She is now the founder/owner of Oogaa, a company that is driven by a passionate commitment to safe and sustainable products for little ones. Oogaa is dedicated to creating modern items that make mealtimes fun.
Herpetologist and Founder, Herps Alive!
Keith Gisser caught a toad when he was nine and his herpetology career began. He has presented Herps Alive! an award-winning, nationally recognized interactive reptile and amphibian program,, based in Ohio, at nearly 200 college campuses and hundreds of other venues in 39 states
Keith, who has been a herpetology educator for nearly 40 years, currently maintains about 70 reptiles, amphibians and crocodilians, nearly all adoptions or rescues, many of which are used in his programs. He is also the Executive Director of the Herps Alive Foundation, one of the largest reptile rescue organizations in Ohio.
Staffed by nearly two dozen volunteers, the foundation is home to over 150 reptiles of all types. It is a public charity dedicated to saving, rehabilitating and caring for unwanted, neglected and abused reptiles and amphibians; to finding new homes for them when possible; with an emphasis on educating the public about these remarkable animals.
Andy Levine (John Nebraska)
Fine Artist – John Nebraska, Commercial Illustrator – Andy Levine, Art Teacher – Astoria Art Center
I’ve drawn pictures since I was six years old and I still feel like I’m just getting started.
I’ve been making art for the past three years surrounded by the sweet smells and sounds of the woods in Asheville, North Carolina.
I’ve illustrated for over thirty years and it’s from that profession that I’ve learned to do what I do today.
My art? I want to make it beautiful. I want to make well-crafted art that has more to see every time one looks at it. That’s about it. I would love if my paintings find a spot where people would be happy to see them everyday. I sell art from my website and galleries and I’ve reopened the Astoria Art Center in Asheville.
Photographer, Megan Maloy Photography
Megan grew up in rural Long Valley, New Jersey. As a child she lived on a dirt road in the woods, surrounded by farms. She spent her time outdoors playing in streams and climbing trees. If she was indoors, she was doing gymnastics. Megan discovered her love of photography in high school. After a two year stint at Ohio University, she went to School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where she graduated with a BFA in Photography in 1997. She has been working as a photographer since then.
She currently lives in Jersey City, NJ in an historic home that she and her husband renovated themselves. She is a mom to a beautiful little girl and a devoted pit bull. Megan works freelance as a lifestyle and portrait photographer and shoots for magazines, advertising agencies, and stock photography. She also exhibits her work in galleries and museums.
Some of her advertising clients include: Euro RSCG MVBMS for Evian, JWT for Stride Gum, The Art Director’s Club, Manhattan Mini Storage, Earthjustice, First Tennessee Bank, Infogrames, Kiehl’s since 1851, Skin Cancer Foundation, and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. A few of her editorial clients include: Esquire, Vibe, BMW Magazine, Bicycling, Abenteur & Reisen, NY Enterprise Report, and Shape. And her stock work has been bought to be used in advertising campaigns for: Citibank, Nintendo, and Dreamworks Pictures just to name a few.
Her advertising work has won numerous awards including: Photo District News Annual in 2013, 2005 and 2002, the One Show in 2004 and 2002, an Andy Award, a National Gold and Regional Gold Addy awards, Gold Lions Award at Cannes International, Communication Arts Advertising Annual and Communication Arts Photography Annual.
Megan’s art work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums in NYC and the surrounding area including exhibits at: Sasha Wolf, and AIR gallery in NYC, the Jersey City Museum, the Noyes Museum, the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, and the Perkins Center for the Arts, all in NJ, and exhibits in upstate Beacon, NY.
Christine Guhl- Sadovy
Christine on LinkedIn, Sierra Club and New Jersey Clean Energy Campaign
Christine Guhl-Sadovy is the New Jersey Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. Christine develops and implements strategic campaigns to protect the planet.
She divides her time between advancing New Jersey clean energy policies and supporting the Club’s advocacy for federal regulations to cut pollution and curb climate change.
Christine has been with the Sierra Club for four years, prior to which she worked in the conservation field in New Jersey and New York.
Christine is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she studied Psychology and has an advanced certificate in Conservation and Animal Behavior from Hunter College.
A New Jersey native, Christine was raised in Trenton and now lives with her husband, two step-children and four pets in Flemington.
Susan Newman – Host and Supervisor
Susan Newman, a brand visibility designer and environmentalist, is founder of FROGS ARE GREEN and spends her days showing how she feels about the Earth and helping to spread the awareness that we need to save frogs and amphibians.
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Susan spent her early career working as a graphic designer and art director for various NYC publishers, including Macmillan and Penguin. In 1994, she established her own design firm, Susan Newman Design, Inc.
Susan has donated her design work to various organizations including Save The Frogs, Parc Mitsinjo, ACSAM (A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar), Hoboken 9/11 Memorial Committee, Jubilee Center Hoboken for Children, The Central Avenue Special Improvement District, Actors Shakespeare Company, Hudson Theatre Ensemble, Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement and The Ring of Hope Campaign.