Read news from the archives regarding Albatross and Petrel conservation, with an emphasis on action taken under the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels.
Details of the fourth WAD2020 competition, a colouring-in exercise for children, may be found in the Education section. View all the entries in the Banner Challenge, Great Albicake Bake Off and Colouring-in Competitions in albums on ACAP's Facebook page. For the winners and runners up of these three competitions look for posts in ACAP Latest News by scrolling down here.
Australian Antarctic Division’s Station Leader Finn Taylor (left) and Chef Arvid Brinkkemper display their WAD2020 banner on Macquarie Island
As part of raising awareness of the inaugural World Albatross Day on 19 June this year ACAP challenged field teams working with albatrosses at breeding localities or going to sea as observers on fishing vessels to make a suitably-worded banner (or poster) advertising ‘WAD2020’. Photographs of the banners have then been used to draw attention to the conservation crisis facing the world’s 22 albatross species.
By the end of May banner photos had come from 23 islands with breeding albatrosses, two fishing vessels and one institute. As photographs of WAD2020 banners were submitted to ACAP they have been featured along with their stories in ACAP Latest News (click here).
Requests to join the ‘banner challenge’ on breeding islands have emphasized that local regulations in respect to minimum approach distances to albatrosses and their nests should be adhered to and that birds (and their chicks) should not show signs of disturbance (or be held or restrained) when the photos were taken.
A total of 53 photographs, one for each “photo opportunity”, has now been loaded to an album on ACAP’s Facebook Page. Readers are invited to visit the album and click ‘like’ or ‘love’ on the ones they particularly think help the most to spread the message of albatross conservation. Click on just one or as many as you like. At the end of June the likes and loves will be totalled up and the photograph with the greatest number of clicks will be declared the challenge winner. The person who submitted the winning photograph will then receive a book on South Africa’s Sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands co-authored and signed by ACAP’s Information Officer, as well as a printed WAD2020 poster suitable for framing. Read more here.
A selection of banner challenge photos follows in individual posts for each country or territory involved. Click below the photograph captions to read about each one.
With thanks to all who have made, photographed and submitted WAD2020 banners to ACAP Latest News.
Updated 20 June 2020
ACAP is particularly pleased to have been able to collaborate with Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature (ABUN) on its 30th Project for the duration of January and February in 2020. The project’s task was to paint and draw the world’s 22 species of albatrosses that could then be used as online images to help raise awareness of the inaugural World Albatross Day on 19 June.
Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature was founded by Brazilian-based Kitty Harvill and Christoph Hrdina in 2016. ABUN is a collection of nature and wildlife artists, serving the conservation community with their images for use in promoting awareness. Kitty writes to ACAP Latest News “We range from beginners and hobby artists, children and adults to seasoned professionals, joined together by our love of nature and desire to be of service to that cause, the process of creating art and the respect for all artistic expressions produced in the group.”
A total of 58 photographers made several hundred photographs featuring all 22 species available to ABUN (directly or via ACAP) that artists could then use as inspiration for their artworks. After the two months of the project 77 artists produced no less than 324 paintings and line drawings for ACAP; several artists accepting the challenge of painting all 22 species. The artists have given the right to ACAP to use images of their paintings and drawings for educational and promoting purposes. Many of them have sent high-resolution versions of their works directly to ACAP Latest News. Several of these high-resolution artworks have been chosen to create ‘WAD2020’ posters; others are being used to illustrate posts to ACAP Latest News, replacing hitherto-used photographs. In addition, ABUN has used the artworks and photographs to create a World Albatross Day video with specially composed music entitled 'Flight of the Albatross' and a special poster with artwork from all 77 contributing artists to help ACAP draw attention to the conservation crisis that continues to be faced by albatrosses.
Below you can view 132 selected artworks by ABUN artists arranged by species.
Read more about how ABUN operates here.
With grateful thanks to Kitty Harvill, all the ABUN artists and to the many photographers who have generously allowed their work to be used by ACAP in the service of albatross conservation.
Updated 18 July 2020