Kolkata, India: Dr. Kerry Kriger visits the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre

The Rahara Nibedita Art Centre is a privately run art school in Kolkata, India, founded by artist Apurba Banerjee in 1997. The school’s students began participating in the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest in 2010 and they celebrate Save The Frogs Day annually by drawing frog art and learning about amphibians. In 2014, the school won a $400 grant from SAVE THE FROGS! to assist their educational and artistic efforts. Much of the centre’s art is created using recycled materials.

On March 4th, 2018, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger visited the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre, where the students were engaged in creating frog art with the sounds of Indian classical music filling the air. Local biologist Dr. Swapan Ghosh also joined the event, and gave his encouragement to the students. Students recited poetry and Dr. Kriger and Apurba Banerjee gave brief speeches to encourage the students to pursue their artistic and environmental endeavors.

SAVE THE FROGS! wishes to thank Apurba Banerjee and the staff and students of the Rahara Nibedita Art Centre for their dedicated support of art education and amphibian conservation!

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Dr. Kriger and Dr. Ghosh with students of the art centre.

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Winners of the 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest! The contest received 163 entries from eight countries (USA, South Africa, Singapore, Italy, Iran, China, Belgium & Australia). Without further ado, we are pleased to announce the 2017 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest Grand Prize Winner:

2017 Grand Prize Winner

Caroline Spackman
Hong Kong, China

Artist Statement:
“I’ve always been very passionate about visual arts and hope to pursue it as a career in the future! Thank you so much for the opportunity and everything Save the Frogs does!”

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Caroline Spackman’s Grand Prize Winning Frog Art.

Congratulations to Caroline! Read on to find out who the other winners and honorable mentions are…and to see the finalists’ best photos!

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Commissioned Frog Art by Jay Manchand

I am Jay Manchand, an Amphibian Conservation Artist. I spent much of my childhood searching for amphibians in my back garden, a curiosity that would ignite a passion for a species in danger. I had always found myself studying, drawing and painting frogs, lizards and all kinds of cold blooded creatures. Though my fascination with these incredible animals was clearly reflected in my art, I pursued a bachelors degree (and subsequently a Masters Degree) in Fine Art in order to discover why I had such an affiliation to amphibians and how my art could be used to benefit a species in plight. Many of my illustrations depict amphibians whose conservation status ranges from Least Concern through to Critically Endangered. Through my art, I hope my passion can inspire the same adoration for frogs that I have, and that I can bring the immediacy of threatened species to an audience that are perhaps unaware of the damage we are causing our cold blooded friends through habitat destruction, deforestation & the illegal pet trade.

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Frog Art by Jay Manchand

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Amphibian Love: a beautiful new book highlighting amphibians

San Jose artist Leah Jay has created a beautiful book called “Amphibian Love”, filled with dazzling nature art to help endangered animals. Amphibians are vital to the earth’s ecosystems, and their loss is an indicator of the worldwide trend in decreasing biodiversity – the “Sixth Extinction”. The hardbound book features detailed watercolor and chalk pastel illustrations … Continue reading Amphibian Love: a beautiful new book highlighting amphibians

2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest Winners

The 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest received 3,097 entries from 42 countries! Entries came from: Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South … Continue reading 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest Winners