Winning image highlights salmon as keystone species
Congratulations to artist W. Allan Hancock for his winning entry “Rapid Approach." The image will make its debut on the new federal saltwater fishing license decal required to keep Pacific salmon caught off of Canada's west coast. The image is a unique departure from past winners as it features a bear and highlights salmon's critical role in the ecosystem. Salmon support more than 130 different species in B.C. including plants, animals and people.
A well-known conservation artist
Already a well-known wildlife artist, Allan’s artwork has been selected for numerous fund-raising projects for wildlife and habitat conservation purposes. In 1996, he became the youngest artist ever selected as Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Artist of the Year and was honoured with the Waterfowl Art Award. His artwork is also featured on the 2005 and 2011 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp.
Allan resides on Salt Spring Island with his wife Taryn and their children Ezra and Sage. His paintings can be found in collections throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. To view more of Allan's artwork, visit his website here.
Past winning images for the Salmon Conservation Stamp are available for purchase and make a great holiday gift. To view images click here. All proceeds support salmon conservation and restoration projects.