Calling All Kids ages 3-12! – The 4th annual 2013 Frogs Are Green Art Contest
Available: USA Nationwide
Closing Date: 12/31/2013
Contests are officially open for 2013.
Last year we received over 260 entries from kids around the world, and the year before over 500! As always, we are so impressed by kids’ creativity and imagination and the variety of ways they express themselves: in crayon, watercolor, colored pencil, clay, 3D sculptures, dioramas, murals, mosaics, and mixed media.
We will award winners based on age in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12. We also added a few new categories last year, Best 3D, Most Unusual Artwork, best Environmental, and this may expand depending on what we receive. The 1st place winners will receive a Frogs Are Green Poster of their choice from our store. All kids receive a certificate via download on our site.
Our 2013 campaign to help frogs! As part of the campaign we’re excited to announce the 4th FROGS ARE GREEN art contest for kids.
How Will YOU Help Save Frogs and Amphibians!
Your artwork can be about frogs/amphibians and how you (or all of us) can help them.
Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013 and the winners will be announced January 28, 2014. The winners will be featured in a post.
We’re looking for drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, or whatever format helps you express yourself.
This year we have a new contest area using >> Flickr, where you can enter yourself.
There are three different group pools, so be sure to enter your photo/artwork into the right group pool.
For the Kids’ Art Contest, you must add a caption, with your Name, Age, and Country (and a caption if you like) or your submission will not be added.
Please print out the attached flyer to post in your neighborhood schools. We can’t wait to see your artwork!
2013 Frog Photo Contest!
We’re excited to announce the 5th Annual FROGS ARE GREEN Photo contest!
Here are the rules:
We will be accepting submissions in two categories: Frogs in the Wild and Backyard Frogs. Backyard Frog photos would include such photos as a frog perched on your picnic table or other unusual place. Last year, for example, we received a photo of a frog sitting on a pool hose. Frogs in the Wild photos, on the other hand, should feature frogs, toads, or other amphibians in their natural habitat: frog ponds, marshes, in the woods, and so on.
PLEASE—no photo manipulation and no photos of pet frogs. Please do not move the frog to get a better photo. Photos of amphibians of all kinds, including salamanders, will be accepted.
This year we have a new contest area using Flickr, where you can enter yourself.
There are three different group pools, two for photography so be sure to enter your photo into the right group pool.
All entries must be received by December 31, 2013. Winners will be announced January 28, 2014.
The winner will receive a Frogs Are Green t-shirt or poster of his/her choice from our store. The photo will be featured in a separate post and the photo will be in our gallery all year.
SOME TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING AMPHIBIANS
For those of you who have never photographed an amphibian, here are some tips from the book Frogs: A Chorus of Colors by John and Deborah Behler, which has a chapter on photographing these elusive and well-camouflaged creatures:
• Try to learn about the animal first. What is its habitat? When are they active?
• Walk slowly and stop frequently (it helps to have someone with you who is less than 3 feet tall and has sharp eyes). Frogs and toads blend in so well that they are hard to find. Be alert for subtle movements.
• In summer, you might find the sit-and-wait frog predators hanging out on the edges of ponds and lakes.
• Be aware of the position of the sun. Avoid taking pictures at midday on bright sunny days. In the morning, face east and it will keep sunlight from coming into your lens and washing out your photos.
• Don’t necessarily put the subject in the middle of the photo. Keep the whole animal in the photo, but compose the picture so the background tells a story.
• Bracket your photos, i.e., take the same shot with different settings. Also, try taking a flash photo. Without a flash, animals in photos may look lifeless and poorly lighted.
• Try to be on the same level as your subject.
• State parks, bird sanctuaries, and wildlife refuges are good places to find amphibians.
You don’t need fancy equipment. I took this photo of a bullfrog in low light with a Kodak EasyShare camera on the Flower Setting (close up).