2017 Kids Art Contest – Amphibians & Reptiles

Calling all children ages 3-17!
Announcing the 8th Annual Kids Art Contest! Hosted by Frogs Are Green.

We will award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17. We also add categories based on what we receive, such as: (Best Student/Elder Collaboration; Best 3D; Most Unusual; Best Environmental; Best Black and White. Awards are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention for each age group.

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2018. 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. Credit to artists will be included.)

This year, the 1st place winners in each age group will receive these prizes (so far!): The custom designed “Frogs Are Green” Strawesome glass straw; their winning artwork on a t-shirt provided by Big Frog Custom Shirts; and Frogs Are Green‘s newest books.

This years theme is… Amphibians & Reptiles!

Yes, children can draw any amphibian or reptile! Turtles, salamanders, frogs, snakes, lizards, and more! They can also draw rainforests, ponds, wildlife in trees or water, or how they feel about climate change, pollution, deforestation, drought, natural habitats, etc… and how you (or all of us) can help the environment. Here are a few links to provide much need information and photos for reference:




2017 poster design with featured 2016 winning artworks from the top: Vanessa Qiu, Geethma Tashani Thalangama, Minju Kim.

2017 kids art contest hosted by Frogs Are Green. Design by Susan Newman.

To enter the contest, you join the kids art contest group (and the right age group) on Flickr and just upload your 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 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 Name, Age, and Country (and a caption if you like) or your submission cannot be judged. If entering the student/elder collaboration we’ll need the Elder person’s name and age also. Be sure your entry is facing the right direction! You can easily turn an artwork once on Flickr.

Here a video I made in 2015 which shows how to enter, same rules apply:

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

Enter your art in the categories listed below (takes you to Flickr).

2017 Kids Art Contest – ages 3-6
2017 Kids Art Contest – ages 7-9
2017 Kids Art Contest – ages 10-12
2017 Kids Art Contest – ages 13-17

Want to see the past winners from 2016 and 2015 and beyond?

>> Link to past contest kids art winners <<


Thank you to our sponsors:

Strawesome - creating glass straws to replace plastic one Remco Press of New Jersey sponsors Frogs Are Green
Big Frog Custom T-shirts

Endorsed by: The City of Jersey City and Mayor Steven Fulop, City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Save The Frogs, Pershing Field Garden Friends, Amphibian Ark, HARCC (Honduras), Jersey City Parks Coalition, Camp Liberty, Association Mitsinjo, National Wildlife Federation and ACSAM 2.


The growing list of countries who have participated in the Frogs Are Green annual kids art contest: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, England, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and United States.


Judges for 2017:

Gaye Dunstan

Gaye DunstanGaye Dunstan has been a Jersey City resident for 28 years.

Gaye is a co-founder of West Side Arts and Music, a community organization dedicated to supporting arts and culture on the West Side of Jersey City.

West Side Arts and Music, among other things, produces the Lincoln Park Live: Music at the Fountain series.

In 2016 was chosen as a Jersey City Woman of Action for Ward B and is also a committeewoman.





John Dunstan

John DunstanBorn June 23 1961 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Emigrated to the United States in 1983. Married with 2 children. Urban Wildlife Filmmaker. I have had films in: The Golden Door IFF, Jersey City ITFF, Wildlife Vaasa, Finland IWFF Montana. Follow John Dunstan on Facebook.










Jerome China

Jerome ChinaJerome China is best known for his abstract metal sculptures made from rusted and discarded scrap metal, automobile gears and other industrial detritus. The pieces are a fusion of impulsive ideas and context. He is self-taught and has participated in over 15 group shows in the United States. He has lived in New York and Virginia and is currently residing in Jersey City, NJ. His sculptures are mostly composed on scrap and discarded metal.

Although metal sculpture is Mr. China’s main medium he also has experience with collage, handmade paper, tie-dying, paper mache, pottery and textiles.

Artist Statement:

My work gives new life and meaning to of scrap and discarded metal. I attempt to use the objects in a way so that they are not readily recognizable by the viewer. Although the pieces have been transformed, they still carry the memory of their former function – while their meaning has been multiplied.

Website: Jerome China


Beverly D’Andrea

Beverly D'AndreaBeverly D’Andrea is a teacher of elementary math and science in Montclair, NJ. She has been trained through the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and the NJ Learns; Educating Leaders for a Sustainable Future programs. In 2015, she led her school’s Green Team to achieve the Bronze Certification in Sustainable Jersey for Schools. Ms. D’Andrea believes passionately that it is through providing opportunities for children to inquire about the natural world and human impact upon it, they will lead us to a bright future.








Sam Pesin

Sam Pesin with childrenSam Pesin’s two passions are teaching young children and Liberty State Park. He has taught preschool children for 41 years. In September, 2017, he will start his 16th year as co-head teacher and director at Jersey City’s Garden Preschool Cooperative. He received a 1987 Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston’s Wheelock College. Sam’s career has been dedicated to guiding young children’s interrelated areas of development –  cognitive, social, emotional, and physical – and to the value of play as their most effective way of learning.

Sam has been a Liberty State Park (LSP) advocate since the 1992 passing of his father, Morris Pesin, LSP’s “father”, who envisioned and led the 19-year campaign to transform a waterfront wasteland into a green park and fought battles to protect it. Sam, as Friends of LSP president, has co-led grassroots battles with the NY/NJ Baykeeper – in fighting for a non-privatized People’s Park behind Lady Liberty.


Devin Edmonds

Devin EdmondsDevin Edmonds has been fascinated by frogs and toads since childhood. He spent six years in Madagascar to help launch the country’s first conservation breeding facility for amphibians and is now based in Illinois where he enjoys keeping and breeding frogs at home.
Website: Association Mitsinjo








Susan Newman (Founder of Frogs Are Green and moderator)
Susan Newman, founder of Frogs Are GreenSusan is the founder and president of Susan Newman Design, Inc. and Frogs Are Green, Inc. When Susan is not out there spreading awareness about why we should save frogs and amphibians, she’s branding, broadcasting and supporting other creative entrepreneurs and organizations. (Read full bio >> Susan Newman biography)

17 thoughts on “2017 Kids Art Contest – Amphibians & Reptiles

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  2. my son drawing art want e mail to your contest(frogs are green).please send me drawing art uploading e mail address.

  3. Hi,

    I am Nhien Vo from Viet Nam. I has just known this content. But in the growing list of countries who have participated in the Frogs Are Green annual kids art contest: is not Vietnam, so we can join it ?

    Nhien Vo

  4. Dear Nhien Vo,
    YES! We’d love for you to participate! If you have any trouble uploading your images just let us know!
    Can’t wait to see your artworks!

  5. Sir / Madam,

    I want to know about paper size of drawing to be sent. It is compulsory for 3 art work or we can send one or two art work.


  6. Hi,
    My name is Minh Khanh. I am 6 year old. I am from Viet Nam. My mom has help me sending my picture to the contest via email. Because I didn’t know how to upload it. Please help me to upload it.
    Thank you!

  7. Yes, We have received your artwork and it is now in the gallery! Thank you so much! – Susan

  8. There are no size or medium restrictions. You can create whatever you’d like to. You must scan or photograph the artwork so it can be submitted digitally. Each child can submit up to 3 artworks.
    Thanks, Susan

  9. Please email us directly (rather than here) with your daughter’s name and I will make sure she’s in the gallery.

  10. Dear Susan,
    I’m an Art Teacher, Deniz Yıldız from Turkey. My four students have achieved in this contest. But, I cannot understand completely their degrees. What will these winner students who have achieved in this contest in this contest take as a prize?
    How can we take their certificates?
    Can you inform us about this subject?

    What is at the age of between 7 and 9 student Mina Büyükgönenç’s degree?

    What is Defne Akkaya’s degree at the age of between 10 and 12 age group?

    What is Ceren Günaydın’s students degree in the work of Turkey’s bests and the best typographical work?

    What is Leyla Zehebi’s degree in the best 3D Art work?

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