Announcing the 11th Annual Photography Contest
Theme: Fire and Ice
Hosted by Frogs Are Green
Deadline for submissions is: December 15, 2019 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2020. The winners will be featured in a blog post. Many of the submitted photos are shared online, through our website, social media and in awareness materials. (By entering, you grant Frogs Are Green permission to use your artwork for these purposes. Credit to artists will be included.) Please include your full name and country with your entry.
This year we are asking for a donation if you plan to enter. If you are entering 1 to 3 photos = $5.00 and if you are a photographer uploading more than 3 artworks = $10.00.
1st Place winners:
This year, the 1st place winners in each age group will receive these prizes: The custom designed “Frogs Are Green” Strawesome glass straw; their winning artwork on a t-shirt provided by Big Frog Custom Shirts; and copies of Frogs Are Green‘s books.
This year’s theme is… Fire and Ice
This year’s theme asks photographers to share how climate change is altering our planet. The ice caps melting are helping to raise sea levels and causing more severe weather. At the same time we have other areas around the world that are in a severe drought which is causing terrible fires and habitat loss. We are asking for the photos to show nature/animals in their natural habitats and how it should be, but those that wish to show how they feel about the changing climate, including pollution, deforestation, drought, and the environment can freely express themselves.
Flickr link to enter: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2019-photo-contest-fire-and-ice/
Below are helpful links on Global Warming / Climate Change:
NASA: Climate Change and Global Warming
An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore: (watch the whole movie if you can)
David Attenborough speaks in parliament about climate change
Leonardo DiCaprio and Barack Obama Discuss Impacts of Climate Change on the President’s Daughters
Below are videos about the ice caps melting, seas rising and the west burning:
Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerating rate. How much will sea levels rise?
Insects, Disease, Drought, and Fire:
Plans and Ideas to combat Climate Change
Why wildfires have gotten worse — and what we can do about it | Paul Hessburg
How NYC plans to survive the next superstorm
Thank you to our sponsors:
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL US PACKAGES! We do not have the time to photograph and upload every image, nor can we send them back.
Endorsed by: The City of Jersey City and Mayor Steven Fulop, City Council President Rolando Lavarro, City Council of Jersey City, Save The Frogs, Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), Pershing Field Garden Friends, Amphibian Ark, HARCC (Honduras), Friends of Liberty State Park, Jersey City Parks Coalition, Camp Liberty, Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), Association Mitsinjo, and ACSAM (A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar.)
The growing list of countries who have participated in the Frogs Are Green annual kids art contest: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Cuba, England, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Wales, and United States.
Valerie Clark, biologist, I.F.r.o.g.s.
After earning her Ph.D. on the “Chemistry of Amphibian Skin Secretions,” Dr. Valerie C. Clark founded the conservation organization i.F.r.o.g.s. (Indigenous Forest Research Organization for Global Sustainability) 501(c)(3). i.F.r.o.g.s. engages the public online to explore Earth’s biodiversity and is active on the ground in Madagascar with local people to survey biodiversity and protect and restore rain forests. Her scientific expeditions have been supported by the National Geographic Society since 2007. Her publications are available for free at frogchemistry.com.
Wendell Minor, Illustrator and Author
Wendell Minor has illustrated, written and collaborated with many awesome authors. As a nature lover and history buff, Wendell loves sharing those interests with children through more than 60 books he has had published.
His newest books are WILD ORCA: The Oldest Wisest Whale in the World, NIGHT TRAIN, NIGHT TRAIN and THE MAGIC OF LETTERS.
His books have received the Cook Prize, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Children, Outstanding Science Trade Books, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library selection, Pennsylvania One Book Every Young Child selection, ALA Notable Book, John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers. Wendell was honored to be named the 2018-2019 Artist Laureate of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Visit Wendell at: www.minorart.com and on Facebook.
Jenna Firshein, Growing in Jersey City
Jenna Firshein is the Editor in Chief of the blog GrowinginJerseyCity.com, where we share the stories of the amazing people we call neighbors in Jersey City and the surrounding area. In her free time, she has a plot in the Riverview Community Garden taking care of her plant babies, she volunteers with local organizations, and is an avid karaoker. She absolutely loves the Frogs Are Green mission and promoting environmental knowledge is so important.
Amy Elise de Jong, Performer, Executive
Amy Elise de Jong has lived in Jersey City Heights for 11 years. She chairs the visual arts curating committee for the Cathedral Arts Festival and coordinates various local arts and music events, including Cathedral Arts Live and the annual Grace Holiday Concert.
She performs throughout the NY metro area with her a cappella quartet, Cabaret Sauvignon, and rock band, The Normal Living.
After ten years in elementary education, Amy recently took her organizing skills to the corporate realm, where she works as an executive assistant and occasional party planner.
Beverly D’Andrea, Educator, Sustainability
Beverly D’Andrea was an award winning elementary school teacher in the Montclair Public Schools for 19 years.
During that time, Beverly spent two years in the role of Math and Science Curriculum Support Teacher where she worked to enhance her school’s environmental science magnet and led the school’s Green Team to achieve Sustainable Schools New Jersey Bronze Level Certification. Beverly has trained through NJLearns and The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education.
Now retired from teaching, she is pursuing opportunities to continue to teach and learn about the importance of everyone’s role in creating a sustainable future.
Louis Aligo, Educator, Counselor
Hello, my name is Louis Aligo and I am a judge for this years annual kid’s art contest “Frogs Are Green.” To give you some background about myself, I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling from New Jersey City University and have years of experience working in an urban school setting.
I believe in Frogs Are Green because this is such a great opportunity for children to be creative, explore their imaginations, and develop a passion for art. Not only this, Frogs Are Green helps children to appreciate and recognize the importance for the environment and wildlife. Thank you for having me!
Mark Lerer, Artist
Mark Lerer simultaneously inhabits the worlds of cartooning, illustration, and fine art. He holds an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art and has exhibited his drawings at New York City’s Nexus Gallery, Broome Street Gallery, Lincoln Center’s Cork Gallery, and New Century Artists. He is the author of the satirical novel The Little General available on Amazon.
Susan Newman Lerer, Founder and Director
Susan Newman Lerer, a Brand Visibility Designer, author and environmentalist, is the founder of FROGS ARE GREEN and spends her days showing how she feels about the Earth and spreading the awareness that we need to save frogs, amphibians and all wildlife. Susan has trained through NJLearns and The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education.
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., and builds brands near and far. Knowing clients would need both print and web, Susan earned certification in web from The New School in New York City.
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, and Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement.