Contest Aims To Create Awareness of Worldwide Frog Extinctions
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Santa Cruz, CA - 28-August-2010. Can artists help save the frogs? The nonprofit organization Save The Frogs (www.savethefrogs.com) thinks they can. The group recently announced the 2010 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest, which is intended to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide.
Frog populations have been declining at unprecedented rates, and nearly one-third of the world's 6,500 amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Up to 200 species have already completely disappeared. “Frogs are incredibly important to our ecosystems, but they’re disappearing fast” says Dr. Kerry Kriger, who heads Save The Frogs. “The goal of the Frog Art Contest is to get artists involved in environmental conservation, and to provide teachers with fun ways to increase their students’ interest in frogs and the environment.”
On top of raising awareness, the annual contest generates important funds for Save The Frogs’ amphibian conservation efforts. The winning artwork gets featured on an organic cotton t-shirt the group sells through its website. Save The Frogs is also creating a book of frog art from the entries, and they plan to auction the best artwork at an art gallery fundraiser later this year.
Last year’s frog art contest received nearly 400 entries from 10 countries. Kaitlyn Hunter, a 19 year old Canadian girl took grand prize last year, winning $250 and other gifts. Her winning artwork and the shirt it is featured on can be seen and ordered at:
Cash prizes for the winning contestants are being offered by Critter Skimmer, a company that makes devices to keep frogs from drowning in pools. Dr. Kriger encourages all art lovers and schools to take part in the 2nd Annual Frog Art Contest, which will end October 15th, 2010.
Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director and Ecologist
Phone: (831) 621-6215
About SAVE THE FROGS!
SAVE THE FROGS! (http://savethefrogs.com) is America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.