News Animals Young Artists Capture the Beauty of Endangered Species The competition celebrated Endangered Species Day. By Mary Jo DiLonardo Mary Jo DiLonardo LinkedIn Twitter Senior Writer University of Cincinnati Mary Jo DiLonardo has worked in print, online, and broadcast journalism for 25 years and covers nature, health, science, and animals. Learn about our editorial process Published May 23, 2022 10:29AM EDT Fact checked by Haley Mast Fact checked by Haley Mast LinkedIn Harvard University Extension School Haley Mast is a freelance writer, fact-checker, and small organic farmer in the Columbia River Gorge. She enjoys gardening, reporting on environmental topics, and spending her time outside snowboarding or foraging. Topics of expertise and interest include agriculture, conservation, ecology, and climate science. Learn about our fact checking process Ian Danao / Endangered Species Coalition Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive Colorful bumblebees flit among flowers. Water birds strut along the shore. A garter snake protects her eggs. These are some of the winning images in the 2022 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, sponsored by the Endangered Species Coalition. The competition was part of celebrations for the 17th annual Endangered Species Day, which was celebrated this year on May 20. (But celebrated every year on the third Friday in May.) The contest involves students in grades K-12 in promoting awareness of saving endangered species. Ian Danao, age 14, from Tustin, California, was the grand prize winner with his drawing of rusty patched bumblebees, above. "I'm so glad I've been chosen as the winner,” said Ian, in a statement. “This year there are so many great works and I'm surprised I've been chosen! I created this because my art teacher suggested it to me and I chose the rusty patched bee because I believe bees are very important to the environment and nature around us." Ian will receive $200 for art materials, as well as a lesson by a professional artist, museum passes, and funding for native plants to restore pollinator habitats. This year's winners were chosen from more than 700 entries by a panel of eight artists, photographers, and conservationists. The six final contest winners were chosen from 40 semifinalists. “Endangered Species Day celebrates our declared national responsibility to our children and their children to save our vanishing wildlife and plants,” said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “Bald eagles, sea turtles, wolves, and gray whales are just a fraction of the 1,600 species that the Endangered Species Act is saving every day.” Here's a look at the winners in many of the categories. First Place Lucas Park / Endangered Species Coalition Lucas Park, age 5, of Chandler, Arizona, won first place for his drawing of these piping plovers strutting near the water. Grades K-2 Winner Marcus Li / Endangered Species Coalition Marcus Li, age 8, of Clarksburg, Maryland, was the winner for this colorful image of a San Francisco garter snake protecting her eggs. Grades 3-5 Winner Celine Matthews / Endangered Species Coalition Celine Matthews, age 10, of Cary, North Carolina, was in this category for this drawing focusing on the Barrens topminnow. Grades 6-8 Winner Rachel Zhu / Endangered Species Coalition Rachel Zhu, age 13, of Wayland, Massachusetts, earned the top award in grads 6-8 for this somber Mexican wolf. Grades 9-12 Winner Lainie Ramos / Endangered Species Coalition Lainie Ramos, age 16, of Penngrove, California, took home top honors in the grades 9-12 category for this regal-looking Gunnison sage-grouse. Here are some of the contest's other semifinalists. Check out all the winning art on the Endangered Species Coalition’s Flickr Gallery. Amy Ai / Endangered Species Coalition Ami Ai, grades K-2 semifinalist, "Northern spotted owl" Ciarra Aloi / Endangered Species Coalition Ciarra Aloi, grades 9-12 semifinalist, "Sierra Nevada gray fox" Jason Deng / Endangered Species Coalition Jason Deng, grades 6-8 semifinalist, "Maui parrotbill (honeycreeper)" Jane Zhang / Endangered Species Coalition Jane Zhang, grades 3-5 semifinalist, "Crested honeycreeper" Luca Liu / Endangered Species Coalition Luca Liu, grades K-2 semifinalist, "Golden-cheeked warbler" Kimely Li / Endangered Species Coalition Kimely Li, grades 9-12 semifinalist, "Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep" Lisa Yunji Kim / Endangered Species Coalition Lisa Yunji Kim, grades 6-8 semifinalist, "Canada lynx" Claire Chou / Endangered Species Coalition Claire Chou, grades 3-5 semifinalist, "Key deer" View Article Sources "Celebrate 17th Annual Endangered Species Day On May 20th, 2022." Endangered Species Coalition. "2022 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest." Endangered Species Coalition. "Semifinalist Entries Selected In Endangered Species Youth Art Contest." Endangered Species Coalition.