2021 Kids Art Contest-Protecting Endangered Species

Calling all children ages 3-18!

Announcing the 12th Annual International Children’s Art Contest!

Deadline 12.31.21!

Hosted by Frogs Are Green

This year’s theme is “Protecting Endangered Species.”

As always, we hope children will be inspired and express what is most important to them. Whether it is about protecting rainforests, endangered species, air quality, or just wanting to be healthy as we continue to battle the covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to your submissions.

Warm regards, 

Susan Newman Lerer

Founder and President, Frogs Are Green, Inc.

12th annual kids art contest hosted by Frogs Are Green. Theme for 2021 is protecting endangered species.

We will award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-18. We also add categories based on what we receive, such as: Best 3D; Best Environmental; Best Black and White and more. Award certificates are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention students in each age group and specific category. *Prizes are awarded to ONLY the 1st place winners in the age group categories.

Deadline: December 31, 2021!

Deadline for submissions is: December 31, 2021 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2021. The winners will be featured in a blog post. Many of the submitted artworks 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.)

1st Place Prizes:

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.

To enter the contest, you join the kids art contest group (and the right age group) on Flickr and just upload your high resolution entries. Each child can submit up to 3 artworks. Teachers can upload student’s work and parents can upload their children’s work. If you are in a country where you cannot view Flickr, you can email your digital image to Frogs Are Green along with the child’s name, age and state/country, and we will add the image to the group. If you wish to see all the images in the gallery, you must join Flickr.

Each entry MUST INCLUDE the Child’s Full Name, Age, and State/Country (and a caption if you like) or your submission cannot be judged. Be sure your entry is facing upright and NOT sideways! You can easily edit and turn an artwork around once it’s on Flickr.

Flickr Galleries:

Age group 3-6 – Kids Art Contest 2021

Age group 7-9 – Kids Art Contest 2021

Age group 10-12 – Kids Art Contest 2021

Age group 13-18 – Kids Art Contest 2021

Articles on Protecting Endangered Species:

15 Actions to Protect Endangered Species

Protecting Species – WWF

Protecting Wildlife for a Healthy Planet – WWF

10 Ways to Help Endangered Species

Protecting Endangered Species – National Wildlife Federation

IUCN’s New “Green Status of Species” Measures Impact of Conservation Action

Videos on Protecting Endangered Species:

What is an Endangered Species? – WWF

Animals in danger of extinction 2021 – The Daily Eco


Endangered Animal Species – Animals for Kids

PLEASE DO NOT MAIL US PACKAGES! We do not have the time to photograph and upload every image, nor can we send them back.

Our contest is FREE to enter, as always. However, if you would like to help our nonprofit organization, please donate $5 or whatever you can. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

Big Frog Custom T-shirts
Strawesome - creating glass straws to replace plastic one

Endorsed by: The City of Jersey City and Mayor Steven Fulop, City Council – 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.

Judges 2021:

Elwood Smith, Illustrator

Elwood, an internationally acclaimed advertising and editorial illustrator has also written and illustrated numerous children’s books, two recently for the Creative Company, “I’m Not a Pig in Underpants” and “How To Draw With Your Funny Bone”. Elwood currently lives in Great Barrington, MA, with his companion, Janice Kittner and his three unruly cats.


Sara Nebel self portrait

Sara Drought Nebel

Sara Drought Nebel, writer, poet, calligrapher, illustrator, teacher and award winning painter was educated at Bennington College, Bennington, VT and Silvermine Guild School of the Arts, New Canaan, CT and has studied with Clifford Jackson, Ann Toulmin-Rothe and Charles Sovek. 

She has written 2 books – Earthspirit Words, A Painter’s Pen, and A Sliver of Light Meditations – Paintings, Poems and Stories (available on Amazon/Barnes & Noble).

She is listed in Who’s Who in America 2002. Sara’s articles have been featured in the Shoreline Times and CTOldHouse.com When she is not painting, writing, doing calligraphy and teaching classes for children, teens and adults in “just plain art” from her Treefort Studio & Gallery in Madison, CT, she is working in the historic gallery at Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT. 

See her work at Instagram, Facebook and justplainart.com 

         Anything is possible. 

Dawn  Giambalvo, Canco Park Conservancy and Jersey City Parks Coalition Board Member

Dawn is an advocate for community building, wildlife habitat restoration, green education, and connectivity between Jersey City’s green spaces. She focuses on green infrastructure and sustainability practices leading to increased resiliency for a stronger Jersey City.

Dr. John Cichowski

John Cichowski, teacher with praying mantis

John is the STEM Supervisor at Bergen Community College where he also teaches mathematics, freshman seminar, and art.  He works to balance his creative and academic interests while also struggling to maintain an organic vegetable garden using entirely vermicompost (compost generated by earthworms).  He is sometimes successful in all three areas.  Sometimes he is not.

He has sold animal drawings at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses as well as exhibited throughout the United States and internationally; having recently been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Nature and Art – Global Art Competition for the Conservation of Biodiversity. 

Since January 1st, 2019, he has been posting a daily drawing on both Facebook and Instagram.  He has not missed a day and these drawings total 961 as of this writing.

If interested, here is the link to this project.


Mark Lerer

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 has illustrated Rainforest Frogs and the forthcoming Frogs & Co. for Frogs Are Green, and been delighting his Facebook friends with the adventures of The Little General (based on a concept by Andrew Coe), most recently in a full-color graphic novel which will be on view at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in New York City in April of 2022.

Susan Newman Lerer and Mark Lerer in NC 2021.
Susan Newman Lerer and
Mark Lerer in Pinehurst, NC, 2021.

Susan Newman Lerer, Founder and Director

Susan Newman Lerer, is a brand visibility designer and environmentalist. As the founder of FROGS ARE GREEN she spends her days spreading the awareness that we need to save frogs, amphibians and all wildlife. She has authored 4 books and has two more in production.

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, and builds brands near and far.

Susan teaches nature and art together (Peaceful Frogs) in Hoboken.

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.