In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2023, we have an exciting opportunity for artists (and aspiring artists) of all ages to create a logo in honor of this important milestone.
FOUR PAWS USA is a member of an unprecedented coalition of agencies, organizations and nonprofits are coming together to celebrate the conservation legacy of the Endangered Species Act and to create a series of events recognizing and honoring this legislative success.
To elevate and recognize the incredible events being planned, we’re seeking your designs for an Endangered Species Act at 50 logo to be used across all Endangered Species Act at 50 events. Events featuring the logo will be in-person and virtual, on digital platforms including webpages/websites, social media, and in other locations.
Together the Endangered Species Coalition and Member Groups are partnering to create a series of events recognizing and elevating the Endangered Species Act throughout 2023.
The logo design should represent the celebratory tone of the Endangered Species Act at 50 events, and include one more more species of animals or plants which have benefited from the Act’s protection.
Eligible species can be found here: Endangered Species | Species | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (fws.gov) Endangered Species Act listed animal or plant species identified as threatened or endangered; species previously listed under the Act, now delisted; marine species; foreign species; or species proposed for listing.
Endangered Species Act Background
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted on December 28th, 1973 to provide protections for and support the recovery of Threatened and Endangered wildlife and plants. ESA protections apply in the United States, US territories, US territorial waters, and for some foreign species.
The ESA is the world’s preeminent conservation law and our nation’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction— 99 percent of species that have received protections under the ESA are still with us today.
In large measure due to the ESA, species such as the bald eagle, Stellar sea lion, American alligator, Kirtland’s Warbler, Palau fantail flycatcher, Humpback whale and Brown pelican have recovered and been removed from the list. And the ESA is incredibly popular—90 percent of American voters support the law!
In 2023 we will celebrate the ESA through a series of arts and culture events, outreach and education, and action-taking opportunities. This celebration will be a powerful opportunity to demonstrate the success stories of species with ESA protection, call for increased funding for Endangered species protections, and engage communities to share the overwhelming public support for the ESA.
There will be two rounds for review of works:
- Round One will identify a group of semi-finalist logos
- Round Two will advance the semi-finalist logos for a public vote to choose the final logo design.
- The Round One jury will consider all submitted logos, reviewed by a panel of conservation professionals from Endangered Species Coalition and our Member Groups.
- Works selected in the first round will advance to Round Two, a two week, open public vote where the winning logo will be selected by public vote.
- Only one vote/per person will be allowed and the public voting platform will be disseminated widely, via Endangered Species Coalition and our Member Groups.
The Endangered Species at 50 logo must include the following text:
- Endangered Species Act at 50 2023
- Please do not abbreviate ‘Endangered Species Act’ to ‘ESA’ on the logo
- Other optional words to be included in the logo could include ‘celebrate,’ ‘recognize,’ ‘honor’ etc.
- Artists/Designers and Artist/Design Teams are eligible to submit work. One entry only per individual or team
- Submissions must be the original work of the Artists/Designer or the Artist/Design Team
- Creative interpretation of the Endangered Species Act at 50 theme is highly encouraged. Both analog and digital media to create the logo may be used; final logo must be a digital file
- Inclusion of multiple plant and/or animal species benefited by ESA protections is highly desirable. Multiple organizations engaged in work to protect and restore varied species will use the logo, so visually expressing a diversity of species in the logo best fits the needs of ESA at 50 celebration partners.
- Animal or plant species included in the logo identified as threatened or endangered; species previously listed under the Act, now delisted; or species proposed for listing.
- Inclusion of human depictions as part of the logo are allowed
- Environmental Justice themes as represented in the logo are invited and encouraged
- Use a standard image file type, such as jpeg, ai, or png and upload a high-res version of your logo entry.
- Endangered Species Coalition and Endangered Species Coalition Member Groups or Partners have the rights to use the final, winning logo for any and all uses related to Endangered Species Act at 50 celebrations or events, either virtual or in person, in perpetuity.
Monday, September 12th Call to Artists and Designers: ESA at 50 logo opens for submissions
Monday, October 10th Call to Artists and Designers: ESA at 50 logo closes
Monday, October 17th Round One jury of conservation professionals selects semi-final logos
Monday, October 24th Public vote for final logo opens
Monday, November 7th Public vote for final logo closes
Tuesday, November 8th Final Logo announced
The designer and/or team who creates the winning logo will be awarded a $500 honorarium and will be credited in a website announcement by Endangered Species Coalition and on social media.
Please provide your logo submission HERE. Or click the button below.
Important to Note: Submissions provided via email or other communication will not be accepted.