Internationally Acclaimed Artist and Conservationist Recipient of AFC’s 2012 Conservation Award.

Pollyanna Pickering, Simon Combes Award

Vancouver, BC., CANADA - July 5, 2012 - Pollyanna Pickering has had a long career as one of Europe's foremost wildlife artists. As the most published fine artists in the UK, Pollyanna is a champion of environmental conservation, and has dedicated her life to animal welfare and international exploration. This fall in Vancouver, British Columbia, she will receive Artists for Conservation's (AFC) most prestigious Simon Combes Conservation award recognizing her support for conservation through her artistic talents. AFC is the world's leading artist group supporting the environment.

Her skills as an artist and her journeys into remote, inhospitable and often dangerous areas of the world have attracted much media attention. In 2008 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Derby and has become a familiar face in the national press, and on television and radio. Her artwork has benefited many international charities who have also commissioned work for publications.

AFC President and Founder, Jeff Whiting explains: "We are very proud to honor Pollyanna for her long-term dedication and contributions to conservation causes around the world. Pollyanna has shown extraordinary leadership in giving back to the subjects she depicts so passionately in her paintings." Pollyanna will join a who's-who roster of international recipients chosen for their artistic excellence and lifetime of extraordinary support of conservation, including David Shepherd, Robert Bateman, John Banovich, Robert Glen, Sue Stolberger and Dr. Guy Harvey.

"I am most honoured to receive this prestigious award from the AFC. I think it is wonderful that the AFC formally recognises the unique and valuable role which wildlife art plays in the world of conservation. I believe that I have been very fortunate to able to use my artwork to both fundraise for and raise awareness of the plight of endangered species around the world, and I feel humbled to be given this award for following my passion and vocation." says Pollyanna..

Pollyanna is passionate about the well-being of the wildlife she paints as much as she is about accurately interpreting her subjects. She is a tireless campaigner for the welfare of endangered, sick and vulnerable creatures. For fifteen years Pollyanna ran her own wildlife sanctuary, 'Brookvale Bird Rescue' - funded entirely by her painting. Also she is the Founder of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation which raises funds for the protection and rescue of wildlife, endangered species and the environment as well as emergency disaster relief.

In March 2007, Pollyanna Pickering was the recipient of AFC Flag Expedition grant and became the first western artist to comprehensively document Bhutan's wildlife and habitat in a series of paintings. The journey served to support the conservation of the rare and unique flora and fauna of the remote Himalayan country. Pollyanna is a seasoned traveler with past excursions including treks into China, Namibia, Transylvania, India, Siberia, Kenya, Central America and the Arctic, to name a few.

Pollyanna will be recognized during the Artists for Conservation Festival Gala in front of a VIP crowd on October 12th, 2012 in Vancouver, BC. The trophy associated with the award is an inscribed bronze sculpture created by AFC member Peter Gray of South Africa.

Learn more about Pollyanna Pickering and the Simon Combes Conservation Award.


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