Members in the News 2016
Congratulations to Tania Dreelinck who has been selected for 'Artists For Conservation Festival in Vancouver'
held in Canada - September 2016.
2 of her pastel paintings have been chosen for - www.artistsforconservation.org
The “Baby Caracal” by Tania Dreelinck will be entered into the virtual exhibition.
Pastel on pastel mat.
“Chimp-and-see” by Tania Dreelinck has been selected for inclusion in the LIVE EXHIBIT IN VANCOUVER.
Pastel on pastel mat.
Members in the News 2015
James Lewis picks a Winner for Pollyanna!
The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2015 Prize draw has been drawn by celebrity TV auctioneer James Lewis. The lucky winner, Sue Allen of Stafford has won a painting of a penguin.
James is without doubt one of the most recognised faces in the international antiques world. He is regularly seen as an expert on BBC shows including The Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt. However James is also a great animal lover – who originally considered training to be a vet! Along with Pollyanna he acts as a patron of the Born Free Foundation. Pollyanna was delighted that James was willing to spare time from his very busy schedule to help her select the winners in the prize draw organised by her charitable foundation.
The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raises funds and campaigns for conservation and animal welfare in the UK and worldwide. Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Summer exhibition the Foundation has raised £8000.00 which will be used to fund the retraining of Chinese workers from bear bile farms to become certified animal carers in a new sanctuary for animals which have been rescued from this cruel trade. Find out more about the work of the Foundation www.pollyannapickering.co.uk
Judith Mackay's painting of a Sumatran Tiger has been accepted for an exhibition - Nature As Art, Art As Awareness at The Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA that runs from 25th August to 4th October.
Its in pastel on PastelMat and size unmounted is 30x35cm.
Congratulations to those members who have had work selected for the 2015 David Shepherd Wildlife
Artist of the Year Exhibition.
Christine Dadd 2 paintings selected
Heather Irvine 2 paintings selected
Selected but not hung
Mandi Baykaa- Murray
The David Shepherd Choice – the piece chosen by David Shepherd CBE as his favourite in the competition
Winner: The Valley – Sharpenhoe by Heather Irvine
Highly commended Christine Dadd Carpathian Wolf Aiyana (portrait) and Angela Smith African Queen (endangered
Lifetime Achievement Award for Pollyanna Pickering
Passionate about wildlife and equally passionate about accurately interpreting her subjects, TWASI patron Pollyanna Pickering has dedicated her life to environmental conservation, both on the national and international stage.
And now Pollyanna has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Inspirational Women Awards held in Derby on 7th March.
The trophy was presented by the founder of the awards, Sonya Robotham, who said “We were so impressed by Pollyanna’s achievements across a wide range of sectors that we are proud to confer our highest honour on her, as someone who has not only made a significant and sustained contribution to life and the community in Derby and Derbyshire, but whose impact is felt far beyond the County.”
Pollyanna lives and works in a Victorian farmhouse in a tiny hamlet in the Peak District of Derbyshire. From her studio in this rural setting, she completes her critically acclaimed paintings, and produces exclusive work for corporations including Harrods. Her published work is sold in over 80 countries worldwide. She is most pleased when her work can raise money for causes close to her heart, and has designed for every major wildlife charity in the UK including the RSPB, WWF, Guide Dogs for the Blind and over 50 others.
In order to study and paint wildlife in its natural habitat, Pollyanna has braved some of the remotest and most inhospitable corners of the world. She has canoed through crocodile infested rivers and been charged by a wild tiger while searching for endangered species. In order to paint wild polar bears, she lived with the Inuit, travelling by dog sled and sleeping on the ice in tents and igloos at night. She was the first western woman ever to travel into a remote area of the Tibetan borderlands, where she worked in a hospital for sick pandas, and is the only wildlife artist ever to have painted the Ethiopian wolf – the most endangered wolf in the world – from life.
Every journey Pollyanna makes is followed by an exhibition of work which raises funds to help protect the animals which she so loves, through the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Pollyanna established this charitable organisation with the aim of both alleviating the suffering of individual animals and conserving endangered species and habitats. Pollyanna also acts as patron of many other charities including The Born Free Foundation and The Badger Trust.
Pollyanna continues to set herself incredible personal challenges – last year she went on expedition into the Antarctic – and recently trekked through the Virunga mountains in Rwanda to study and paint mountain gorillas.
Pollyanna said ‘It is incredible to be given such a wonderful award for doing something I love. Looking back on my career even I find it hard to believe that I have managed to come so far, in spite of all the many challenges and setbacks over the years. These awards are all about inspiring other women and young girls to follow their dreams and their passion, and I am very honoured to be recognised in this way.”
* We feel this award would provide a wonderful basis for a longer feature about Pollyanna, and her incredible lifetime's work! - if you would like to arrange an interview, or send a photographer, please contact Anna-Louise on 01629 55851 or 07957 158311 or Email: email@example.com
* Attached is an image of Pollyanna with her Lifetime Achievement Trophy.
* You can find additional background information at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk
Members in the News 2014
The Wildlife Artists Society International member photographer Phillip Petrou is overall winner of ...
The Daily Mail's Weekend magazine received over 10,000 entries for the competition and the judges this year are the presenters from Autumn Watch, here they explain why they picked their winners
The competition was split into five categories: Mammals; Birds; Insects; and Fish, Reptiles & Amphibians, with a final category for Under-18s. Our two technical judges – acclaimed wildlife photographer Simon Stafford, and Gray Levett, owner of top camera shop Grays of Westminster and Editor of Nikon Owner magazine – narrowed the entries down in each category to a short list of ten for our celebrity judges.
Michaela Strachan was assigned Mammals. Kate Humble took on Birds. Chris Packham was given Insects. Julia Bradbury tackled Fish, Reptiles & Amphibians while Steve Backshall, who's been whipping up a storm on the Strictly dance floor, considered the Under-18s.
Once the judges had picked their winners, Simon and Gray had to name one overall victor, and they were unanimous in choosing accountant Philip Petrou's breathtaking study of a water vole admiring his own reflection in a river. Both Simon and Gray were impressed with the standard throughout.
Phillip's winning shot was taken on a private stretch of river near East Malling in Kent; Michaela enjoyed the quirky nature of the photograph
‘I’ve been taking photographs since my early 20s,’ says Philip. ‘But then, about ten years ago, I went to a big cat sanctuary in Welwyn Garden City – it’s not there anymore – to photograph the lions and tigers. It’s been wildlife for me ever since.’
Michaela picked the winner of the Mammals category who turned out to be our overall winner
Philip’s winning shot was taken on a private stretch of river near East Malling in Kent. ‘I set myself up on a fold-up metal chair, with the seat just above the water level. I was wearing a pair of large gumboots and some army trousers which quickly got soaked. My Canon EOS 7D with a telephoto lens was on a tripod in the water. A lot of photographers will use semi-automatic settings, but that day I had so much time on my hands I started playing around with the manual settings and, once I’d worked them out, I never looked back.
“Water voles are very hard to photograph because they’re shy, but if you sit still they’ll tolerate you. I got to the river at 7am and was there all day until this little fellow decided to put in an appearance around teatime. I was lucky because, instead of plopping straight into the river, he stopped and seemed to look at his reflection in the water.’
A single man, Philip lives alone in his house in Forest Hill, south-east London, but his ambition is to move to the Canterbury area where he has friends and where there would be a greater opportunity to encounter animals other than urban foxes.
There will be plenty of chances to capture wildlife of a rather different order when Philip takes up his prize courtesy of Tatra Photography and accompanies photographic expert Simon Stafford on a three-day trip to Bavaria next March for a master class in photographing lynx, brown bears, elk and wolves.
‘I’ve researched it on the internet and it’s a fantastic location,’ says Philip.
But he doesn’t want to stop there. ‘I’ll be 50 soon and I’m looking for something big to do. I’d like to go and see the gorillas in Rwanda, but my biggest ambition is to photograph the pandas in China.’
Michaela says: ‘This is an astonishing photograph, cute and a little bit quirky. The perfection of the mirror image is remarkable. To capture a shy little creature like this in such a perfect pose is extremely clever, needing a huge amount of patience and quite a lot of luck.’
WHAT THE OTHER JUDGES SAID ABOUT THE OVERALL WINNER
Steve Backshall ‘I love the symmetry and the fact that an unnatural feature – the pipe – has taken on such perfect wild growth and become a part of this challenged animal’s world.’
Julia Bradbury ‘The reflection enhances the sharp brightness of this superb shot. Water voles are elusive creatures and to capture this moment so beautifully in broad daylight is a real treat.’
Chris Packham ‘This charming species has become an icon for conservationists and this fabulous image supports that status. It’s the poster this endearing creature has been crying out for!’
Kate Humble ‘This is one of those magic moments any photographer – wildlife or not – would love to capture. It’s a visual narrative, rich in character and colour and beautifully composed.’
Simon Stafford ‘It leapt out for me with its symmetry, not only in the framing of the vole in the pipe but also in the reflection which gives the impression of the figure eight. There’s no denying it’s cute too. ’
Gray Levett ‘My hands-down absolute favorite across all the entries is this looking-glass study of the water vole . Philip’s got everything right. It’s perfectly exposed, and the lighting is spot on.’
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Sir David Attenborough Picks a winner for Pollyanna
Sir David Attenborough selecting the tickets with Pollyanna (left) and her daughter
Anna-Louise (right) who is also a trustee of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation.
The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation Winter Prize draw has been drawn by natural history broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough. The lucky winner, Mr Grayling of Sheffield has won an original painting of a fox.
For most people Sir David Attenborough is both the face and voice of Wildlife. As Britain 's best-known natural history film-maker, he has brought the wonders of the living world into our homes for nearly five decades. There are very few places on the globe that he has not visited during his career as a naturalist and broadcaster.
TWASI patron Pollyanna shares his passion for the environment and is equally committed to using her work to raise awareness of the plight of endangered species worldwide. She was therefore delighted that Sir David was willing to spare time from his very busy schedule to help her select the winners in the prize draw organised by her charitable foundation.
“We were so honoured that Sir David agreed to draw the winning tickets” Pollyanna told us “He is one of the world’s greatest natural historians and is an inspiration to everyone working in conservation. We thank him so much for his support”.
Between the sales of prize draw tickets and donations the Foundation has raised £2,279.00 which will be divided between the ongoing care of ‘Polly’ a moonbear rescued from a bear bile farm in Vietnam , and British Wildlife rescue projects.
Sir David is pictured selecting the tickets with Pollyanna (left) and her daughter Anna-Louise (right) who is also a trustee of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Find out more about the work of the Foundation at http://www.pollyannapickering.co.uk/
If you would like to interview Pollyanna about the prize draw or the work of her foundation please contact Anna-Louise 01629 55851 firstname.lastname@example.org
For background information about Pollyanna and her Foundation visit http://www.pollyannapickering.co.uk/
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