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ENDANGERED: Art4Apes Call For Entries Continues As We Celebrate Katie Murray, Virtual Artist In Residence For August

ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art & Photography Contest encourages those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. Artists and Photographers ages 9 and up can apply to this exhibition. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020. The Rickie Report introduces Katie Murray, the August, 2020 Virtual Artist-In-Residence and more details of how to apply! 







ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest


August, 2020






  AUGUST 2020





Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.



Wildlife photographer and communication strategist for environmental sustainability

“My passion is helping people fall in love with wildlife and nature”




We present a taster of Katie’s work. To see more visit

Instagram: @kmurrs_

Twitter: @kmurrs_







“Soaking Up the Last Few Rays”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

A large Galapagos sea lion soaks up the last few minutes of sunlight of the day, accompanied by Sally Lightfoot crabs.





“The Elephant Cafe’s Danny”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.All Rights Reserved.


Danny at the Elephant Café in Livingstone Zambia before going into his barn for the night. An example of sustainable eco-tourism and positive wildlife encounters, the Elephant Café houses orphaned elephants who can choose to participate in interactions with humans, with the ability to walk away at any time.




Katie’s love of nature and wildlife is deep-rooted in trips to the local aquarium and tree-climbing as a kid. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Global Sustainability with a focus on Sustainable Tourism.  An avid SCUBA diver, Katie is also Past-President of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA). Katie lives in Florida.




“Lower Zambezi National Park Leopard”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

A leopard spotted on a game drive in Lower Zambezi National Park after snacking on some baboon






I can’t pin-point exactly why I chose this path—highlighting the importance of wildlife conservation—I don’t even know that it was a conscious choice. 





“Josie, the Bornean Orangutan”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

Josie, the orangutan hangs out at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. 



Going to school for animal science and global sustainability helped all of the pieces fall in place and shaped me into the environmental advocate I am today. 






“Zuul, the South American Black Hawk-Eagle”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray

All Rights Reserved.


Zuul, the South American Black Hawk-Eagle, is an ambassador for One World Raptor Conservancy’s educational outreach program, Knightwings Birds of Prey, which frequents renaissance faire circuits.


Biodiversity loss is one of the greatest threats the world faces, and if I can inspire someone to care about an endangered animal through a photograph, I consider that a success. If my photograph can inspire further conversation about sustainability and conservation efforts around that animal, I consider that an even bigger success. 





“Reflecting on the Past”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

As if reflecting on its past, an old Galapagos tortoise rests in his pool at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz on the Galapagos Islands. The Research Station works to reintroduce different sub-species of Galapagos tortoise to their native islands. 




Hear what Katie has to say:





“Baboon at Victoria Falls”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

A baboon pauses just long enough for me to snap a photo before running off to continue to play with fellow baboons along Victoria Falls in Zambia.




I have been very fortunate to be able to travel to incredible places like Costa Rica, Australia, The Galapagos, and Zambia, where the wildlife practically begs to be photographed. And much of that wildlife is threatened or endangered. I have the privilege to take people with me to these incredible places, to view these beautiful animals, and that’s an amazing feeling.





“Hitching a Ride”  Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes the best shots are ones from the Zoo. Sydney hitches a ride on mom, Ceduna, at ZooTampa at Lowry Park in Tampa, FL.






“Woke up Like This” Photograph © 2020 Katie Murray.  All Rights Reserved.

A curious Galapagos sea lion pup wakes up from a nap and wonders who these tourists are hiking through its home.


To see more of Katie’s work visit:

Instagram: @kmurrs_

Twitter: @kmurrs_





The 8th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 



Enter Now!  Deadline Extended  to 7th October



Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.



Details:     Questions? 





This global, juried, online art contest focuses attention on the plight of endangered/threatened species/habitats.  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

Categories for Entry:



Fine Art (including sculpture, jewelry and wearable art) 

Fine Art Photography (digital manipulation accepted)

Young Artists (birthdays on or after October 1st, 2001).  We will accept individual or class/group entries.)

We are sorry, but we cannot accept video or film entries in the contest.  

Each entry of a single image must be accompanied by a donation of $25 USD that goes directly to the Center for Great Apes  Young Artists enter one image accompanied by a donation of $5 USD.  There is no limit on the number of entries that may be made. 

Cash prizes totaling $3,250 will be awarded in both Fine Art and Fine Art Photography categories.  Cash prizes totaling $500 USD will be awarded in the Young Artists Contest.

Prizewinners plus an invited selection of entries of significant merit will be offered places in the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition. 



Covid-19 Impact on Exhibition

Planning an exhibition in the Covid-19 era presents significant issues.  It seems clear that resurgence of the virus could possibly force last-minute cancellation or strict social distancing severely limiting visitor numbers.  Such a last minute cancellation would mean that artists would spend money sending work in to an exhibition that might not happen and that would likely have far less visitors.   Having taken everything into account we have determined, sadly, that we must cancel the live exhibition this year.  

We have developed an exciting virtual exhibition to run from November 1 to December 31, 2020.  Jury scores (and fit with the theme) will determine the top placed pieces that will get the best positioning.  We will be able to feature 100 pieces in the virtual 2-month show rather than the 50 we can accommodate in the real-life show.   Another great plus is that we will be able to feature EVERY entry as we will reserve an additional 25 places for a “rolling exhibition” so every piece will be featured for at least 5-7 days.  

All pieces may be offered for sale (or not depending on preference) and we will be including links to artist websites and bios as well as full details on the piece.  

We are planning interesting online events to run during the exhibition.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of all entrants to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest.

Please note:  Entries made after May 31st are not refundable should the physical exhibition not take place.  Entries made before May 31st will be refunded providing the artist notifies Lindsey@art4apes by June 30th.  





Art4Apes wants to encourage those artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. This program is designed to showcase their work and support their communication with audiences who appreciate their message.  

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist (or photographer) who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2020 and has been selected by the Curatorial Committee as best interpreting the aims of the Contest.

The successful Artist will be featured and promoted by Art4Apes for one month and will receive the following opportunities:

  • Weekly social media posts featuring your artwork
  • You will be featured in our monthly newsletter
  • We will design an e-flyer for you to send out to clients and contacts
  • We will set up a dedicated page for you on the Art4Apes website 
    • You will have the opportunity to craft a personal message about your art and commitment to wildlife and the environment.  
    • We will include your full bio and artist statement
    • We will include a virtual gallery of up to 10 pieces of your work
    • We will issue news updates featuring your current work, exhibitions, awards, direction of new work etc.
    • We will feature your work in an article in The Rickie Report – South Florida’s most influential online arts report. 
    • We will offer up to 5 pieces of work for sale on our online website (price to include a 30% donation to the Center for Great Apes. 

We regret that we cannot offer this to Young Artists at the moment.  

Artists can only be featured once a year.  



Enter Now!  Deadline Extended to 7th October



Deadline for submission 7th October, 2020.



Details:     Questions? 




Proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes



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