Theme for 2023: Water is Life.
Calling all children ages 3-18!
Announcing the 14th Annual International Children’s Art Contest
Hosted by Frogs Are Green
We hope children will be inspired to express what is most important to them. Whether it is about protecting rainforests, endangered species, air quality, or preventing wildfires, water pollution or just wanting to preserve our cities and neighborhoods, we look forward to every child’s submission.
Susan Newman Lerer
Founder and President, Frogs Are Green, Inc., A NJ nonprofit organization
We award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-18. We also add winning categories based on what we receive, such as: Best 3D art; Best environmental art; Best black and white art and more. Award certificates are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention students in each age group and specific categories. *Prizes are awarded to ONLY the 1st place winners in the age group categories.
Deadline: December 31, 2023!
Deadline for submissions is: December 31, 2023 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2024. 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 the 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 the Flickr website, you can email your digital images 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 for older children:
Water. An Essential Element of Life.
Why Care About Water? – NatGeo
Our Thirsty World
The survival of the earth Depends on Frogs
Weird Water-holding Frogs
Videos for Smaller Children:
How does water get to your house?
How Can I Save Water
Water Bodies for Kids
Water Water Everywhere
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 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 2023:
I am a photographer, filmmaker, author of In Search of Lost Frogs, conservationist, and host of the No Filter podcast, in which I turn the lens on some of the most influential photographers working today.
I grew up in Scotland chasing frogs and newts before entering the steamy jungles of West Africa to study chameleons, a life-altering experience that ignited a burning desire to try to protect such incredible places bubbling with life.
In 2014 I published my first book, In Search of Lost Frogs, a 70,000-word narrative wrapped around 400 images depicting my search for some of the most elusive creatures on earth. The book was featured by the Guardian, Mother Nature Network and the Dodo as one of the top nature and conservation photography books of the year.
I am a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Communications Director with Global Wildlife Conservation, and co-founder of the Amphibian Survival Alliance. In 2012 I co-founded Frame of Mind to empower youth to connect with their natural and cultural worlds through photography and visual storytelling. The program has provided a platform for marginalized youth in Haiti to tell their story. I also teach photography and video storytelling bootcamps with National Geographic.
My images and stories have graced the pages of National Geographic Magazine, the Economist, Esquire, the Telegraph Magazine, Photo District News, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Wanderlust, Terre Sauvage, Conservation Magazine, and TIME for Kids, among others. Galleries that have represented my work include National Geographic Fine Art Galleries, Beetles+Huxley, London; Gallery 8, London; G2 Gallery, Los Angeles; and the Otago Museum in New Zealand. Owners of my work include actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Edward Norton and .
Barbara Slate is a pioneer among women in comics. She travels nationwide as a keynote speaker, teacher, moderator and panelist. Her instructional book You Can Do a Graphic Novel , endorsed by Stan Lee, is a leader in its field. The Teacher’s Guide is used with this book at all levels of classroom education. Her first cartoon character, Ms. Liz, appeared on millions of greeting cards, in a regular comic strip in Cosmopolitan magazine, and as the star in a series of animated segments on NBC’s Today Show. In 1986 Barbara created Angel Love for DC Comics. She then created, wrote and drew Yuppies from Hell and Sweet XVI for Marvel and put her own spin on the Disney classics Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas, and Mattel’s Barbie. She wrote over a hundred Betty and Veronica stories for Archie Comics. Her 2012 graphic novel, Getting Married and Other Mistakes, broke into new territory in contemporary relationships. Barbara’s art has been exhibited in many galleries and reviewed byThe New York Times. She is profiled in the seminal work A Century of Women Cartoonists.
Marc Yankus’ fine art and publishing experience span a period of more than forty years. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and the South Street Seaport Museum, New York; the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the New-York Historical Society, New York; MTA Arts & Design, New York; and the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC. Marc Yankus is represented by ClampArt in New York City.
Anita Kunz OC DFA
Canadian artist Anita Kunz has contributed art to magazines and design firms internationally. She has produced cover art for many magazines and book jackets. She has received numerous prestigious awards and medals and her paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries and museums around the world.
Named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper, she has received two honorary doctorates.
Kunz has been appointed Officer of the Order of Canada and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal of Honor. She has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in New York. Canada Post honored her with a stamp honoring her work in 2019. She lives in Toronto.
Dave has been a naturalist from a young age. He started in his early teens by doing contracted reptile and amphibian surveys on local wetlands; and, giving educational talks at schools and city council meetings, focussing on conservation of critical habitat for species at risk.
After decades of local activism he went on to work with endangered species internationally. After settling down back home he, and his husband, opened a business which included a gallery showing both up and coming as well as well established local artists.
Enjoying semiretirement, he still does species surveys and consulting for various individuals and organisations.
Laura is originally from New York but considers herself an official New Jersian, having lived in Hoboken and Jersey City for 19 years. She studied fashion illustration at the High School of Art & Design, and Photography and Graphic Design at Fashion Institute of Technology. She has also appeared as an actress in numerous plays. Favorite roles include Marci in Teaneck New Theatre’s Almost Maine, Margie in Loose Knit (NYC, In the Light Theatre Co), Donna in Swimming in the Shallows (In the Light), Trudie in Comic Potential (Hudson Theatre Ensemble), and Dorothy in Stepping Out (HTE).
Born in Turin, after graduating in biological sciences from the University of the same city, he obtained a PhD in Animal Biology from the University of Bologna. A zoological curator and publications manager at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali in Turin, he was deputy editor of Acta Herpetologica, ZooKeys and Alytes, and president of the International Society for the Study and Conservation of the Amphibians. He is currently editor-in-chief of the herpetology section of Animals, associate editor of Phyllomedusa – Journal of Herpetology, Nature Conservation, and Biodiversity Data Journal. He acted as editor for the Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of Piedmont and Aosta Valley and co-editor for the Fauna of Italy volume dedicated to amphibians. In 2019, he and other co-authors published a photographic fieldbook on the Amphibians and Reptiles of Italy. He is a member of the scientific community of WWF Italy and Focal Person for Italy of IUCN /Species Survival Commissions . Outside Italy, he conducts research on amphibians and reptiles in Madagascar, where he has carried out more than 40 missions and promoted conservation actions. In addition to aspects concerning scientific research and nature popularization, he also devotes himself to making watercolors of amphibians and reptiles, which he sells to support conservation projects on biodiversity.
Pershing Field Garden Friends (PFGF)
As president of Pershing Field Garden Friends Debra promotes native, sustainable plantings to
encourage wildlife habitat as well as green education. PFGF was founded on community
volunteerism and the benefits of engaging with nature which include reduced stress, better mood,
and upticks in empathy and cooperation. This is especially important in densely populated Jersey City.
Debra is a graduate of Marymount College of Fordham University and the recipient of Marymount’s
Gloria Gaines award for community service.
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.
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.