AFC Film about Simon Combes' Life Released on YouTube

December 12, 2014 share
Artists for Conservation

On December 12th, 2004, revered artist, conservationist. Simon Combes was tragically killed by a charging Cape buffalo while hiking near his home in Kenya. Simon was widely respected as a man of superb artistic talent, as a brilliant communicator, writer, instructor, world-traveler, painter, and as a steward of our planet. We were honoured to have had him as a member of Artists for Conservation.

AFC's Simon Combes Conservation Award is the most prestigious award and highest honour AFC presents to a member artist who has shown artistic excellence and extraordinary contributions to the conservation cause, exemplifying the same qualities as the award's namesake. Past honourees include David Shepherd, Robert Bateman, John Banovich, Sue Stolberger, Robert Glen, Dr. Guy Harvey, Pollyanna Pickering, Richard Ellis and John & Suzie Seerey-Lester.

A prominent member of AFC, Simon Combes was Project Director of the Kenya chapter of the Rhino Rescue Trust, an organization founded in 1985 to protect endangered species from being poached, and to help the communities surrounding Lake Nakuru National Park affected by wildlife conflicts.

The award's trophy design, the result of a competition among AFC members, was created by Peter Gray of South Africa. Depicting two wildebeest emerging from a mass and fragmenting slightly to indicate the fragility of our efforts to sustain the wilderness areas and the disappearing herds, the trophy is sculpted in clay and founded bronze with personalized inscription.

Learn more about the Simon Combes Conservation Award and past winners.


The Soysambu Legacy - a film tribute to Simon

In 2012, AFC produced it's 2nd documentary film on Simon Combes and Soysambu. "The Soysambu Legacy: Art and Conservation in Africa's Rift Valley" The film focuses on Simon's life, and his efforts to protect and capture in art, Africa's endangered species. It shares how Combes founded the Soysambu Conservancy, a non-profit organisation, and how his son Guy and widow Kat continue to bravely carry on his legacy through art and conservation activism.

As a tribute to Simon on the 10th anniversary of his passing, AFC has released The Soysambu Legacy for personal viewing. Licence is limited to personal viewing only. Please contact AFC for public or group screenings.


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