It has been a particular pleasure to launch the Young Artists awards this year for those aged 16 years and under on the contest closing date. We are very keen to encourage young artists to develop their skills and to take an interest in conservation and wildlife. We were pleased with the response in this first year and will be encouraging more young people to take part next year. We would like to give special thanks to Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist, the recently launched publication that examines the contemporary art market, for judging this category. Bruce has been particularly generous with his time and support of the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and we are extremely grateful to him.