Awards

AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Casey Banwell GB

"Protection" (Bronze)

“Protection” is a limited edition sculpture by Casey Nadine Banwell. Casey dedicates her talents creating sculptures that generate funds to protect the species from which the piece is inspired. “Protection” portrays Pangolin in their natural defence position. Curled into a ball, with a layer of scales forming an impenetrable armour. The sculpture signifies the fragility of Pangolin and depicts the natural beauty, innocence and vulnerability of this unique species. Due to poaching by man, its only successful predator, this humble creature has been driven to the brink of extinction before the rest of the world even knows it exists.

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Protection | Sculpture by Casey Banwell | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Bruce Lawes CA

"In Plain Sight" (Oil)

I was trying to show how nature, in all its wisdom, furnishes different species with the tools they need to have a chance of survival. This Great Horned Owl is one of the more formidable Owl predators of the sky, and as a result of that, and its plumage colouring, is nicknamed ‘the Tiger of the air.’ In my painting I wanted to show how this owl could blend in with its environment, as its plumage acts as a very efficient camouflage rendering it relatively invisible. Howard Brodsky, expert photographer and my friend, helped to create this special and unique painting.

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In Plain Sight | Wallhanging by Bruce Lawes | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Environmental Statement Award Winner
Environmental Statement Award

Harro Maass DE

"Rainforest Visit" (Acrylic)

In this piece, a dream seems to come true. The painting on the wall suddenly comes to life: plants grow out of the frame, animals come into the living room and take possession of it. I stand there devoutly and am happy about the rare visit.

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Rainforest Visit | Wallhanging by Harro Maass | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Interpretive/Abstract Award Winner
Best Interpretive / Abstract
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Martin Hayward-Harris GB

"FLYING FALCON" (Wood)

This life-size wood carving of Sakeret or Male Saker Falcon, launching from rhomboid block, is the wood carving for a bronze edition sculpture.

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FLYING FALCON | Sculpture by Martin Hayward-Harris | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

John Banovich US

"Into the Papyrus" (Oil)

This project was conceived several years ago and was inspired by a trip to Mozambique’s Zambezi delta. Here, elephants have made an extraordinary, post-war comeback. Mark Haldane has worked hard since the mid-1990's, conducting research, providing protection, and doing excellent community work. Today, thousands of elephants can be found throughout this 4.5-million acre ecosystem, and they feel quite safe when out in the giant Papyrus swamps. Long live the Elephants!

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Into the Papyrus | Wallhanging by John Banovich | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Bruce Lawes CA

"Pair of Kings" (Oil)

Although we often relate the male African Lion as the ‘King of the Beasts,’ sometimes there is a ‘Pair of Kings’ that co-mingle and dominate their pride jointly. It is often brothers that were originally forced out of their birth pride, which became nomads together, eventually taking over another pride by forcing out a weaker male. My painting depicts a dramatic exchange of ‘a matter of opinion’ that is more posturing than anything else. These interactions are instinctual and display that they are the masters of their domain. My friend, Howard Brodsky, master photographer and naturalist, assisted in creating this special painting.

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Pair of Kings | Wallhanging by Bruce Lawes | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Douglass Lockyer NZ

"Roy, the Ol Pejeta Chimpanzee" (Watercolor)

Roy is a Chimp rescued from Sudan as a baby, where he had been confined to a 2ft by 2ft steel cage since birth. He is now a gregarious member of the expanding troop at Ol Pejeta Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. I met and photographed Roy during a privileged insider tour during feeding and was captivated by his serene, slightly judgmental expressions and lazy but assertive hand movements. The piece was started wet on wet with many, may layers of glazing to build up the tinted dark flesh base before detailed inking and overpainting, wet on dry, and finally finished off with gouache for the lighter hairs and some highlighting on the leathery skin wrinkles with aquarelle pencils using pinks, blues grays and white.

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Roy, the Ol Pejeta Chimpanzee | Wallhanging by Douglass Lockyer | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Gordon Pembridge NZ

"Dappled Respite" (Oil)

The welcoming dappled shade of the entanglement of branches, as if writhing in the agonizing heat, provides shelter and respite, from the midday heat in Africa, for a confusion of Guinea Fowl. This painting is a study of highlight and shadow, of dapple and dot, and the beauty and elegance of the hardy Guinea Fowl.

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Dappled Respite | Wallhanging by Gordon Pembridge | Artists for Conservation 2022
Pollyanna Pickering Memorial Award Winner
Pollyanna Pickering Award
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Carrie Cook US

"Bam Bam" (Oil)

Bam Bam was born at a breeder’s facility in Florida and taken from his mother as an infant and sold to a California trainer for work in entertainment. At six, after several seasons on a soap opera, Bam Bam became too strong to work safely and was ready for retirement. He was relinquished to the Center for Great Apes Sanctuary in 2005 and was allowed to live as an orangutan. Individuals like Bam Bam have the right to life and freedom from harm. Everyone has a story, whether used for experimentation or entertainment, victimized by the exotic pet trade, or facing increasing perils in the wild. Their stories are inextricably linked with our own, and like ours, are filled with both loss and hope.

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Bam Bam | Wallhanging by Carrie Cook | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Best Landscape Award Winner
Best Landscape Award

Karel Doruyter CA

"Passage" (Acrylic)

There is nothing better than to sail the BC coast, walk the endless rain forests and try to put on canvas what I experienced. I have painted nature from places in the Arctic to those in southern Chile and the edge of Antarctica. I lived on Haida Gwaii for 9 years and listened to what the whispering Totems had to say.

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Passage | Wallhanging by Karel Doruyter | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Ilse de Villiers ZA

""On patrol"" (Acrylic)

Leopards are probably one of my favorite subjects to paint. Not only are they fascinating creatures, but they have so many moods that can be captured on canvas. Typical of the cat family they can be found alert, aggressive, attentive, stalking, relaxed, lazy & even sleepy... With this painting and specifically the dark background from which he is emerging, I hoped to portray some of the alertness but also mystery and secretive behaviour surrounding this elusive, beautiful wild cat.

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"On patrol" | Wallhanging by Ilse de Villiers | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Garry Fleming AU

"Mr Gang Gang" (Oil)

My painting is of a Gang-gang Cockatoo. My inspiration for this piece came from the bushland that surrounds my home. These native Australian parrots are frequent visitors to my area. Apart from their distinctive head colouring, they reveal their presence with a screech that sounds more like an old creaking screen door!

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Mr Gang Gang | Wallhanging by Garry Fleming | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Laura Levitsky CA

"Morning's Song" (Acrylic)

To me, there are two main subjects in this painting since it was the old, weathered fence post I fell in love with first. So much character with all its colors, holes, and cracks, bent nails, and the rusty chain. Not too long after I took photos of the post, a North American Robin made a nest outside my balcony door and I thought to myself, what a lovely addition to the post she would be, which is how this composition came to be. The Robin’s bright red chest brings life to the dull grayish colors of a season on the cusp of change. A welcome sign of spring!

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Morning's Song | Wallhanging by Laura Levitsky | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Douglass Lockyer NZ

"Moneypenny, the Secretary Bird" (Watercolor)

Moneypenny was a Secretary Bird rescued from the Maasai Mara in 2015. She had a leg so badly mutilated it had to be amputated, but she lived quite happily with a bamboo prosthesis made by Kenya Bird Of Prey Trust co-founder Simon Thomsett. Sadly, she got her prosthetic limb tangled during a cold winter’s night and was found frozen to death. I used a photo to create this memorial portrait. The cerulean blue gouache background was painted first, then I proceeded with over a hundred and fifty hours of painstaking feather painting, leaving white feathers as plain paper by painted reverse space around each quill and overpainting each grey feather with an extremely fine brush for barbule lines.

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Moneypenny, the Secretary Bird | Wallhanging by Douglass Lockyer | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Calvin Nicholls CA

"Giant Panda" ()

These roly-poly balls of fun frolic in the snow or amongst tangles of bamboo shoots defying a cruel reality. A Giant Panda’s ability to sustain itself and its species is perplexing in nature or in captivity. Females are truly fertile for just 24-36 hours once a year. Captive breeding practices in the 1950’s required 8 years before the first captive birth in China. By some accounts over 600 captive pandas exist now globally which increases the odds of success. So, their playful nature persists, as long as profound levels of support continue.

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Giant Panda | Wallhanging by Calvin Nicholls | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Natalie Parker AU

"Sweet Things" (Acrylic)

Inspired by a visit to Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary for sick, injured, and orphaned koalas, I was fortunate to get close to a few of the resident koalas. I met Maree, featured in this painting. She was a favourite: a sweet natured, female Koala with beautiful eyes. Maree was hit by a car and suffered a head injury, permanent eyesight loss, and damage to her frontal lobe. She now tends to turn in circles when on the ground. So, she cannot be released back into the wild. I added a Wanderer Butterfly to accompany Maree as both are attracted to the sweet scent of the Gum blossoms - we don't always need our sight to appreciate the "Sweet Things" in life.

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Sweet Things | Wallhanging by Natalie Parker | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Ahsan Qureshi PK

"Snowleopards" (Oil)

Designed for the harsh, snowy, rugged terrain, the elusive Snow Leopard is a symbol of beauty and strength. This painting depicts the tough terrain where these top predator, big cats thrive and control the high alpine ecosystem. Special thanks to Mr. Jamal Leghari, wildlife photographer, who painstakingly took stunning photographs of snow leopards in Khunjerab National Park in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan, for allowing me to use his stunning photographs. Habitat loss, hunting for its fur, and killing by shepherds to protect livestock, are the main threats to its survival in Pakistan. Awareness of its importance to the alpine ecosystem health, will hopefully bring positive change to people’s minds.

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Snowleopards | Wallhanging by Ahsan Qureshi | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Martin Ridley GB

""Winter Sun", Red Foxes" (Oil)

This is a painting of two red foxes enjoying a little winter sun. I've often seen them choosing a spot where they can catch a few rays and why not when snow is covering the ground. The rich orange of a Fox’s coat against the blue shadows of snow is a wonderful, punchy contrast of complimentary colours. They often have a bolt hole close to hand and I deliberately suggested they had the safety of a den in the shadows just behind them.

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"Winter Sun", Red Foxes | Wallhanging by Martin Ridley | Artists for Conservation 2022
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Martin Ridley GB

""Antlers Down", American Elk & Gray Wolves" (Oil)

A pack of wolves test out two American Elk. The bull Elk are using attack as their best defense. Showing fitness and tossing their antlers keeps the wolves at a distance. The Elk's vitality sends a clear signal.

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"Antlers Down", American Elk & Gray Wolves | Wallhanging by Martin Ridley | Artists for Conservation 2022

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