Earlier this year AFC member Douglas Aja partnered with Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) in a fundraising effort. Fifty percent of the selling price of all bronze elephant sculptures sold going to ATE. The trust's founder and director Cynthia Moss promoted the bronze on social media Facebook and the ATE newsletter. So far, seven of the edition of ten have been sold, raising over $12,000 for ATE.
THE MARILYN NEWMARK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR REALISTIC 3-D Done in an Academic Manner: the 3-D should present the subject matter accurately and with evidence of academic understanding of good composition and anatomy, as well as mastery of the art medium. $1,000.00.
Presented to Doug Aja for his bronze sculpture, "Orphans".
"Orphans" represents two orphaned elephant calfves under the care of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) elephant orphanage in Nairobi.
The prize money was donated to DSWT and ElephantVioces.
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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust donation
In 2015 Douglas Aja donated a bronze sculpture (Orphans) to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The bronze was auctioned at a fund raising event hosted at London's Landmark Hotel. The piece raised $3,800 for DSWT. Pictured is Edwin Lusichi, Project Manager of Nairobi Orphan Nursery, holding bronze.