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The AFC Conservation Artist Award is awarded monthly to honour a member for outstanding artistic talent and extraordinary contribution to the conservation cause. At the end of each year, a prior recipient of the monthly honour is selected for the annual Simon Combes Conservation Award.

The Simon Combes Conservation Award was created by the AFC in February 2005 to honour Combes' memory. Combes, world-renowned painter, author, instructor and dedicated conservationist, was tragically killed by a charging Cape Buffalo while hiking near his home in Kenya on December 12, 2004.  At the time, Combes was the Director of the Kenya chapter of the Rhino Rescue Trust (www.rhinorescue.org), an organization founded in 1985 to protect endangered species from poachers and to help the communities surrounding Lake Nakuru National Park affected by wildlife conflicts.   As this is the first year for the award, the first recipient has yet to be selected.

Tony Mayo
Much of Tony Mayo's artwork is related to endangered species and endangered environments.
 
"My desire is to draw people to the complexity and beauty of the endangered animals and environments depicted in my art. My hope is that my work will create in viewers, a longing to play their role in helping to protect and preserve our precious planet and all living things for future generations."
 
One of Tony’s interests is studying endangered ethnic groups, an interest that has prompted him to travel the remote regions of 95 countries around the globe. Tony’s art often demonstrates his fascination with world cultures and frequently incorporates rare and unusual materials obtained during exotic travels. Since 1972, Tony has traveled widely, studying, and researching, endangered human cultures. To that end, he has collected numerous photographs, slides, tape recordings, videos, notes, diagrams and artifacts. Consequently, in 2014, he was elected a member of The Explorers Club with its world headquarters in New York City. The Explorers Club has a very strong conservation mandate.
 
Using Tony's words: "I have often been asked to speak to various organizations about endangered ethnic groups. During these talks, I discuss the struggles those groups have as they try to preserve the traditions, land, way of life, and the environments in which they live. During my presentations, I often address related environmental damage that is occurring and how it affects various species, environments and cultures. In many of the communities I visited, I convinced tribal leaders of the importance of preserving their traditions and artifacts. Often important artifacts were leaving their communities and I encouraged them to establish locally maintained collections. In some instances, the indigenous communities I visited were in discussions regarding the sale or lease of their traditional land. When asked, I have pointed out the inherent dangers to their culture, environment, heritage, land, people and future."
 
When Robert Bateman Secondary School was on the drawing board in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, Mayo designed and equipped the Fine Arts Department. When the school opened in 1993, he was appointed Fine Arts Department Head as well as senior art teacher; a position he held until stepping down in 2005 to establish his business, TonyMayoArt. As an art teacher, many of his required art projects centered around endangered species and environments. Students were often asked to do original research papers and artwork related to their environmental art projects. Mayo’s art background, as well as his interest in endangered species and environments made him a natural for the position of Robert Bateman Secondary School Fine Arts Department Head.
 
Many of Mayo’s former students have become successful in a wide range of fields and they took with them an appreciation for the preservation of earth and its diverse habitats and species. Also, many are successful artists and their art often expresses an interest in preserving our earth and its wildlife. A few are successful wildlife artists.
 
Tony Mayo was born in Minnesota and spent his childhood in the American Midwest. He attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from St. Cloud University, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Minnesota.
 
In 1974 Tony immigrated to Canada settling in the Northwest Territories where he traveled much of Canada’s Arctic and helped establish an Inuit Art Co-op. Tony Mayo now resides in British Columbia on Canada's west coast. His studio overlooks the Fraser River and is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains.


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wildlife art Sandi Lear
Watercolour Wildlife & Seascapes
Sandi Lear of Australia has been involved with gaining awareness and helping to raise funds for conservation. "We have an obligation to the places and animals with which we share this planet, to redress some of our poorer choices, and plan to make better ones...art through conservation is very dear to my heart and allows me to pursue my own ethical obligations."
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wildlife art Peggy Sowden
Painting Landscape and wildlife in Acrylic, Watercolour ,and charcoal
Peggy Sowden has joined a number of  West Coast artists in group shows and has been an active participant in the campaigns to preserve the old growth forest in BC's Carmanah Valley and the lower Tsitika Valley/Robson Bight. Recently she participated in the Raincoast Conservation Foundation's "Art for an Oil Free Coast" campaign which sought to prevent oil tanker traffic off Canada's west coast.
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wildlife art Dorcas MacClintock
Animals Observed
Dorcas MacClintock is immersed in her love for nature and wildlife. Immersed in the sense of having frequent visits with wildlife, writing about many species and capturing their personalities in her sculpture artwork. In addition to being a long-time member of Artists for Conservation, she actively supports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Wilderness Society, the Nature Conservancy and several other conservation organizations.
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wildlife art Megan Kissinger
Acrylic Painting
Like so many members of Artists For Conservation, Megan identifies one of the key functions of nature art is to raise awareness, to inspire, and to motivate viewers to appreciate and act to protect the natural world.
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wildlife art Wayne Chunat

Over the past 45 years, Wayne has used his professional experience and art endeavors to support local park districts and non-profit organizations in the US and primarily in NE Ohio. 
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wildlife art Barry Bowerman
Wildlife, Landscape
Over the past 28 years Barry has proudly supported conservation efforts through Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area(Sudbury,ON, Canada). In response to the interest and support received over the years, Barry continues to donate generously to a number of local initiatives as a means of ‘giving something back' 
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wildlife art Elizabeth Cogley
Australian Wildlife and Environmental Art in Mixed Media
Over the years, Elizabeth has contributed to helping with the care of injured and orphaned wildlife by donating some of her time and some of the proceeds from her artwork. 
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wildlife art David Prescott
Wildlife, Western, Big Cats, Birds of Prey, Domestic, Landscape
David Prescott's original paintings, have raised considerable amounts of money for worthy causes throughout America and the British Isles. 
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David Prescott...
 
wildlife art Kathy Haycock
Paintings From Nature
Kathy Haycock has been a supporter of numerous Canadian environmental and animal habitat protection foundations for many years. 
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Kathy Haycock...
 
wildlife art Douglas Aja
African Wildlife, Elephants,
Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife since the late 1990s. Since that time he donates a portion of the sales proceeds to various conservation organizations as well as donates sculptures for fund raising events. 
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