Seeks Preliminary Judges for “Saving Endangered Species” Youth Art Contest / Volunteering

January 17, 2020

Organization Name: Endangered Species Coalition

Organization Location: Washington, DC

Type: Volunteering

Fee: Free


In 2020, the Endangered Species Coalition celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day. This national and international event recognizes the significance of threatened and endangered species and includes a visual art competition for students grades K-12: the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest.

ESC is currently inviting volunteer judges to participate in the preliminary judging of contest entries. As a preliminary judge you will have the opportunity to review student artwork from youth across the United States and help select the contest finalists. You’ll review the work independently and then meet in person with a panel of judges to narrow the field of work, identifying the top choices for consideration.

The judging process and timeline is as follows:
-Contest entry deadline, March 1st 2020.
-Preliminary Judges receive work in the first week of March for review through March 12th.
-Typically, entries number between 1,500-2,000 with each judge reviewing between 300-500 works out of the total. You will be assigned to one of the four grade levels, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 based on experience, interest and preferences of the other jurors. You will be provided with guidelines and criteria for the selection of work and will make selections via ESC’s online review platform.
-Preliminary Judges meet in person at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library, on Friday, March 13th from 1:00-5:00 pm to review and confirm finalist selections.
-Selections shared with final judges; contest winners announced in early April.

We’d love to have the participation of visual artists, teaching artists and arts educators as a volunteer preliminary judges. Documentation of your time volunteering as a preliminary judge can be provided upon request to fulfill Professional Development/Clock hours.

Please email Jeanne Dodds, Creative Engagement Director, Endangered Species Coalition at with the following information:
-2-3 sentences describing your interest in judging the student artwork
-2-3 sentences describing your professional background and how this experience will support your qualifications as a judge
-Please include your current professional resume along with your message

Examples of the previous two year’s contest winners can be seen here:

Winners of 2019 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Announced

Opportunity Website

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