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ENDANGERED Art4Apes Announces Winners Of Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023 With A Free Virtual Exhibit. Partial Proceeds From Sales Benefit Center For Great Apes

Art4Apes is delighted to announce the opening of ENDANGERED Online! 2023,  showcasing  25% top scoring entries to ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023This Free VIRTUAL Exhibition runs until December 23, 2023.  Partial proceeds from sales benefit Center for Great Apes.  Kudos to all entries and congratulations to the winners!  The Rickie Report shares the details and images of  the first prize winners in this article, to see all the prize winners click here.






ENDANGERED Online! 2023




Online exhibit features prize winners and top 25% scored entries


ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2023 

Exhibition runs until December 23rd  


1st Prize – Fine Art

Sheryl Unwin for “Focus”

Ampersand Scratchboard and colorized with watercolors. 







We would like to thank everyone for entering the contest. By entering you have brought awareness to the plight of endangered species around the world. Your entry donations have gone directly to the Center for Great Apes and are helping to support the 70 apes living out their lives in safe, healthy and happy retirement.





1st Prize – Fine Art Photography


Lauren Chambers for “Portrait of a Spider Monkey”







Congratulations to our prize winners!


We are showing the first prize winners in this article…




Congratulations to all those who were juried into the exhibition. Please tell your friends to check out your work in the exhibition!




Please contact if you are interested in buying one of these wonderful exhibits.





We were particularly thrilled by the high standard of entries submitted by the Young Artists. Rickie Leiter, who judged the Young Artist contest summed it up beautifully:  “Entries included an array of pencil, drawings, markers, oil, watercolor, mixed media, clay, and 3D images. The entrants shared compelling statistics, poetry, comments from the animal’s point of view, encrypted messages, spiritual sentiments, interpretive thoughts, and information that gave me a larger understanding of what “Endangered” means to others. Knowing that these artists are our future, I must say that I am uplifted at their caring, tenacity, and commitment to not only protect the earth as we know it, but to preserve humankind.”



1st Prize –

Young Artist Category  (11-18 Years)

Jiayl Lu (aged 16 years) for “Burned Parrot”








ALL entries (over 300 this year!) will be shown on our website and our social media platforms. We only post a few each day (otherwise people “unfriend” us – which defeats the object) and we continue posting into the new year. So please keep looking at the website and following us on social media Facebook  and Instagram) and let your contacts know when your work is shown.


We will continue to make our Virtual Artist in Residence Awards from the 2023 entries into the new year. After our online exhibition ends, we will be putting up VAiR galleries for January to March.



1st Prize –

Young Artist Category (Under 11 Years)

Ben Glosser (aged 9 years) for “Looking”









Thank you to our judging panel for the generous donation of their skill and valuable time:


Dr Tammi Hanawalt, Curator of Art, National Museum of Wildlife


Mark Edward Harris, Award-winning travel, documentary and wildlife photographer


Lori Perkins, Wildlife conservation and management expert and consultant


Rickie Leiter, Artist, consultant and founder of The Rickie Report juror of the Young Artist Contest.


Art4Apes would also like to thank Paul Fisher and Mary Strope of Juried Art Services for the generous donation of their services and advice. We could not run this contest without their support.

Thanks also to our sponsors Downtown Wealth Studios and Shechter Associatesfor their generosity and support.

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and festive season.




For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

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