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Call All Youth For Entries In Art And Photography “ENDANGERED” Exhibition

Attention Young Artists and Educators! “ENDANGERED Photography & Art Contest 2016” is now open and accepting entries for this prestigious juried exhibit that takes place during Art Basel in Miami.  It is the perfect opportunity for students to research and learn about endangered species and the environment and undertake community service projects.  The Rickie Report shares the information as well as some images from previous contests.  The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition are a lot of fun. We encourage you to be a part of this amazing opportunity and not only use your talent to reach a new audience and potentially win a prize but also play a role in preserving wildlife and the environment and directly support an extremely worthwhile non-profit organization.



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The 4th annual ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest is now open and accepting entries at:

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The deadline for submission is 2nd October 2016.



This is a great opportunity for students and Young Artists under the age of 18 (with birthdays on or after October 1st, 1998) to research, consider and communicate the issues facing endangered species and habitats.


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“Chimpanzee” by Alison Irving. All Rights Reserved. Alison is a 15 year old student and is the Young Artist Ambassador to ENDANGERED: Art4Apes.

The Contest

This global, juried online contest and subsequent exhibition aims to encourage artists and photographers to focus their skill and creativity on the issues facing endangered species and habitats while raising funds to support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)(3) registered sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.
Students may be inspired to learn about local or global issues. The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either:
• Celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats
• Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats


Please note – species do not have to be formally listed as endangered in order to be eligible for this contest as long as an element of threat exists.


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“The Hole Story”, photograph by Sidney Scholl. All Rights Reserved. Sidney is a third grade student at Alexander Montessori School in Miami, Florida. She is 8 years old and a supporter of Paws4You and The Center for Great Apes.


We encourage creativity in interpretation of the theme and accept entries in the following categories:

Fine Art (including Sculpture)

Photography (digital manipulation is acceptable)

Wearable Art (including Jewelry)



Please enter jpeg images of your work through the Juried Art Services website checking the category Young Artists.

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“Golden Safari” by Young Artist, Mia Gifford. All Rights Reserved.  Mia is 11 years old and has been taking art lessons since first grade. She has a passion for sketching and painting animals. She is a true lover of nature. She has been published in Zoobooks magazine and has also won numerous art awards including the Audubon Bird contest, Benihani Children’s Day art contest, and the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest 2014, Young Artist category.


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“Fish are Friends not Food” by Young Artist, Alison Irving. All Rights Reserved.  2ND Prize winner, ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest 2014, Young Artist Category.



Cash prizes totaling $500 will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest. First Prize will receive $250, Second Prize will receive $150 and Third Prize will receive $100.

Winners will be invited to exhibit their work in Miami around Art Basel week, November 28th to December 1st, 2016.


All entries are posted on our Facebook page during the year so entries can be shared with family and friends.


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“Wood You Please Save The Apes” by Young Artist, Scout Dingman. All Rights Reserved. Wood You Please Save The Apes by Young Artist, Scout Dingman. All Rights Reserved. Scout made this wood block print when she was eight years old. Since she was five years old, she has raised money for the Center for Great Apes through lemonade stands, selling t-shirts, participating in fundraising campaigns, and by asking friends to bring donations, not presents, to her birthday parties. As a result, she has raised over $10,000 for the sanctuary.





Please see the full Terms and Conditions for the specifics on how the contest will be run at .

A donation of $5 for Young Artists is required for each entry and goes directly to the Center for Great Apes.

The deadline for submission is 2nd October 2016.



Support for Educators


We encourage entries from elementary, middle and high school classes and offer discounted rates and administrative support to educators who enter a body of work from their students. Please contact for details.



For each class of students entering we will offer a symbolic adoption of one of the resident apes at the Center for Great Apes. The class may select the ape and they will receive photographs, an adoption certificate, newsletters and updates.
We email a certificate of participation for each entrant which may count towards community service work.
We will also work with interested students to involve them in volunteer projects which will demonstrate their leadership skills and commitment to making the world a better place. Examples of past student projects include:
• Volunteering as a Gallery Assistant during the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Exhibition in Miami.
• Taking part in the eco-fashion show at the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Exhibition as a model.
• Supervising young models at the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Exhibition fashion show.
• Designing tee shirts related to the theme of ENDANGERED which could be sold to raise money for the Center for Great Apes.
• Fundraising projects.
• Spreading the word by encouraging other Young Artists to take part in the contest.




We have chosen to use all proceeds from the contest and exhibition to support the Center for Great Apes. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Please visit their website to learn more



ALL donations, including contest entry fees, go directly to support the Center. We fund our events either through commercial sponsorship or through our own donations.


The Center for Great Apes is solely the beneficiary of the funds from this Contest; it has no role in the organization or management of this contest. The Center for Great Apes cannot be held responsible for any issue relating to this Contest.



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“Respect” by Young Artist, Stéphanie Norris. All Rights Reserved.
Stéphanie is a high school student educated in Hamburg, Germany and Lake Forest, California.





We like to keep in touch with artists supporting this contest and we do this in the following ways:

• Through our website We post a selection of entries online and blog about the artists and their work.
• Through our Facebook page – we encourage you to “friend” our page. We regularly post as many new entries as we can.
• We send occasional emails to update everyone on progress and news relating to the contest and exhibition plans; you may unsubscribe from these at any time.
• You may email at any time with questions. We try to respond promptly.
• You will receive a letter concerning selection of your entry or entries to the exhibition by October 31st. This will be posted to your account with Juried Art Services. Please remember to check for mail in your JAS account!






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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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