Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, a non-profit established by artist John Banovich, and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition have teamed up to acknowledge exceptional contributions to wildlife and nature conservation with the inaugural Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE). The winner will be announced among five finalists at the ACE ceremony on February 14 in Charleston, just before the SEWE show which runs February 16–18.
The mission of ACE is to honor a legacy of conservation through recognition of men and women who have dedicated their lives to conservation and the sustainability of the world’s remaining wild places and species. The award will recognize a conservationist’s long-term commitment to making our planet a better place, and empower people to advance wildlife conservation. The winner will be awarded a $100,000 cash prize sponsored by The Cabela’s Outdoor Fund & Cabela Family Foundation; the runners up will receive a $5,000 cash reward sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and will receive a $5,000 Cabela’s gift certificate.