13th Annual International Kids Art Contest
Rising Tides and Megadrought
Calling all children ages 3-18!
Announcing the 13th Annual International Children’s Art Contest
Hosted by Frogs Are Green
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 preserve our cities and neighborhoods, we look forward to your submissions.
Susan Newman Lerer
Founder and President, Frogs Are Green, Inc., A NJ nonprofit organization
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, 2022!
Deadline for submissions is: December 31, 2022 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2023. 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 Group Links to Enter:
Videos and articles:
Rising Tides: Understanding Sea Level Rise
As human activity warms our planet, the ocean absorbs over 90 percent of the excess heat. This increases water volume and melts ice sheets and glaciers, contributing to sea level rise. Watch the video to learn how much global sea level is rising each year, what that looks like in everyday terms, and why it matters.
BrainPop on Drought
Megadrought causes perilously low water levels at Lake Mead
The megadrought currently choking the western United States is the worst drought in the region in more than 1,000 years. It’s having an enormous impact across many states and on several major reservoirs including Lake Mead, a water source for millions of people in the West. Alex Hager, who covers the Colorado River Basin for Northern Colorado Public Radio, joins Geoff Bennett to discuss.
National Drought Mitigation Center – How Does Drought Affect Our Lives?
NASA Climate Kids: Planet Health Report: Sea Level
What Causes Sea Level Rise?
People have been measuring local sea level at certain locations along the coasts for hundreds of years. And NASA has been measuring the global sea level for almost three decades. Over this time, scientists have observed that the global sea level has been rising. The ocean is about 7 to 8 inches higher now than it was a century ago.
Climate change – from one kid to another | Bandi Guan | TEDxYouth@GrandviewHeights
One Earth – Environmental Short Film
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:
Endorsed by: The City of Jersey City and Mayor Steven Fulop, City Council of Jersey City, Save The Frogs, Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), Pershing Field Garden Friends, Amphibian Ark, HARCC, 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 international 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 for 2022:
Jackie Meyer is the President and Literary agent at Whimsy Literary Agency located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Jackie was also the VP and Publisher of Warner Treasures an imprint of Warner books and a VP Creative Director at Warner Books for 20 years. Jackie loves art of all kinds and even photographed a white frog as well as many celebrities.
Santiago Cohen is a Mexican/American artist and author. He has worked as a designer, illustrator and Animator for HBO, the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and PBS. Santiago has written and illustrated more than 20 children’s books and graphic novels.
He has made a successful career in Fine Art, with shows in galleries and Museums in New York, New Jersey, and Mexico.
He has been the Artistic director the Day of the Dead Parade for the Jersey City since 2014.
Santiago had a seminal show for Morris Arts at the Atrium of the Courthouse in the fall 2021.
Santiago was one of 26 influential people to have “great Conversations” in the event organized by Morris Arts in April 2022.
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 Wendell Minor’s America: 25 Years of Children’s Art; Hi, I’m Norman; Smitten with Kittens; Pumpkin Heads; Crowbar; Breaking Waves and The Leather Apron Club.
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.
Ken Wong is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and cartoonist known for his Origami Comics (see www.origamicomics.com for more info). He also self-publishes small-batch, artisanal comics including Cyrano de Bergerac’s Ballade and Bonetti’s Defense. For those in NYC’s comics community, Ken is a familiar face on the local comic convention/festival circuit, for his many years (2002-2007) of involvement at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), and as a panelist or guest lecturer speaking about comics as an art form at comics cons and colleges.
Aaron Morrill is a writer, musician and lawyer. Aaron attended Berklee College of Music, the State University of New York at Purchase and Fordham Law School. He is the founder of Jersey City Times and is currently working on a musical, Food Fighters.
Thomas is an actor and singer who has appeared in plays and musicals in New York City and New Jersey. Most proud of appearing in an early community theater revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company” with the Hudson Theater Ensemble. He has served as a choir member for almost two decades with the St. Augustine and St. Paul of the Cross Church choirs in Hudson County, NJ. For many years he has been employed by two prominent law offices in New York City as part of administration and as staff photographer. Planning to retire this year, he hopes to continue in life with theatrical pursuits and photography with an artistic piquancy.
Special Education Teacher for 25 years plus in the Hoboken Public Schools. It has been an honor to work with so many children that have brought joy to my life. I often say that they have taught me just as much as I have taught them. They have shared their joy, curiosity, and love of learning. They have also taught me that everyone has a special gift that needs to tapped into and nurtured.
My hobbies and recreational activities include a passion and appreciation for the arts, including poetry, architecture, painting
and music. My nature is to create and it doesn’t really matter what I am making as long as I am passionate about it. I also enjoy refurbishing furniture, painting, gardening, cooking, reading and learning about history and philosophy. I love to travel as much as I can and enjoy learning from the natives of the country or cities I visit. I love ancient places that are filled with history as well as learning the traditions and customs of different people and countries.
Words to live by…
“The more I know the more I realize I know nothing.”
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, 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 art at the Wallace Elementary School in Hoboken, NJ, for the special education department. She also teaches art on environmental themes in the program, Peaceful Frogs at Little Bee Learning Studio.