Call for Entries Announced for ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest - Winners Part of 2014 Exhibition in Miami During Art Basel Week - Benefits Center for Great Apes

Artists of All Ages Asked to Answer the Call of the Wild – Through Art, Fashion and Photography - Opportunity to Win Cash Prizes and Inclusion in Special Exhibit in Miami, Florida

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Libby Hodges put recycled bottle caps to good use in this Zebra Head (2013 exhibition)

Young people have an incredible capacity for empathy and can have a significant impact and create change.

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) June 03, 2014

The annual international ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest is now accepting entries for the 2014 contest leading up to the ENDANGERED exhibition to be held in Miami, December 4-6th, 2014, the same week as Art Basel Miami Beach. The contest challenges artists to interpret the word “endangered” as it applies to animals, plants or the environment either through a celebration of beauty or illustration of the threats faced. ENDANGERED is an online juried art contest with three entry categories: fine art; wearable art/jewelry; and photography. The contest is open to artists of all levels and ages. The deadline for entries is October 3, 2014. Winners and a selection of other entries of merit will be invited to take part in the ENDANGERED exhibition at the Miami Club Gallery on the premises of the Miami Club Rum distillery in the Wynwood district of Miami December 4-6th, 2014. There is a $25 entry fee. For more information, visit http://www.Art4Apes.com.

“We believe that art, in all its forms, can win hearts and minds for the cause of preserving life and the environment,” stated Dr. Lindsey Matheson, Founder and Director of Art4Apes.com. “We are thrilled that the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest is reaching people all over the globe and helping to give voice to their concerns.”

The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest is actively encouraging young people to enter the contest. “One of the key goals of the contest is to increase awareness of the issues facing animals and the environment,” said Dr. Matheson. “Young people have an incredible capacity for empathy and can have a significant impact and create change. We want to encourage that action through art.”

All entries compete within the three categories: fine art (including sculpture); photography; and wearable art (including jewelry) for cash prizes of $1,500 for first prize, $750 for second prize and $500 for third prize in each category. There will be a separate category and prize for entries from young people aged 17 and under on the closing date of the contest.

Established in 2012, the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest received more than 200 entries from around the world including submissions from artists in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe. Approximately 2,000 guests toured the exhibition last year. The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition raises awareness of threats to wildlife and the environment. Entry fees and proceeds support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. 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 for Great Apes provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition, visit http://www.Art4Apes.com.

Sponsors and Partners of The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition include Miami Club Rum and Juried Art Services.

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About The Center for Great Apes
The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees founded in 1993 by Patti Ragan. 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. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzees sanctuaries in the world. With 45 apes at the Sanctuary, expenses total $1.4 million annually. The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work.

For more information, please visit http://www.CenterforGreatApes.org.

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