Meet the Judges!

Jordan Sandler

Vietnam

Jordan Sadler is a designer and artist from the United States currently living in Vietnam. He has always looked to connect the dots between the creative arts and positive social change. He launched a campaign in Vietnam, looking to raise awareness for the pangolin, the most poached animal on the planet. His campaign was a resounding success. Following this he started an endangered animals series. He continues to search for ways to use art, knowing that art shines a light into the human heart.

“I believe that each animal carries their own wisdom to share with this world and if we don’t do something to protect them and listen to their message, we will all be living in the dark,” Jordan says.

Leslea Newman

America

Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including many books about animals including THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD, HACHIKO WAITS, DOGS, DOGS, DOGS! and KETZEL, THE CAT WHO COMPOSED. She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. From 2008 - 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA.

“Rhinos, like all animals, are precious sentient beings with full, rich emotional lives and add much to the natural beauty of our world,” says Leslea.

On more of this wonderful judge, check out:

www.lesleakids.com

Garth Pullar

South Africa

Born in Rhodesia in 1951, Garth was an avid artist as a young boy, taking lessons at the famous Peter Birch school of art in Salisbury. After serving in the army he went to work for the Municipality as a draftsman, becoming a bathroom designer in Salisbury and the UK. His passion however has always been wildlife photography. He has generated a loyal FaceBook following for his extraordinary collection of photos on rhinos! In fact, Garth has an album that has a rhino photo for every day of the year. He uses his passion for wildlife to inspire and bring attention to the plight that animals face.

To enjoy Garth’s rhino album, check to his FaceBook page:

https://www.facebook.com/garth.pullar

Kitty Harvil

Brazil

Kitty Harvill is an American artist with dual residency in the US and Brazil.  Much of her work focuses on the Nature and Wildlife of Brazil, especially endangered species. In 2014, Harvill formed the Facebook group 52 Weeks, with over 400 members on five continents. Focusing primarily on endangered species, the group created works that biologists could use and projects working with conservation. A signature member of Artists for Conservation, Kitty created ABUN, Artists and Biologists Unite for Nature, in 2016 which evolved from 52 Weeks. This group has completed 13 Projects  to save endangered species.

www.facebook.com/groups/ABUN4nature

Through art, Kitty wishes to motivate humans to save our planet.  Her work is exhibited in corporate, museum, and private collections in the US, Brazil, Germany, and Singapore.

She says: “Killing the iconic rhino for profit  while leaving orphaned, grieving babies alone to die is heartbreaking.”

Charlene Lewison

South Africa

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Charlene is a visionary and successful entrepreneur, considered a powerful force in her field. Charlene took what was a virtually unknown South African sportswear brand and competing against well established international brands, succeeded in turning it into a leading brand.

“Rhinos, native to South Africa are incredible and beautiful. They have a right to life, We are here to honor and protect them.”

Known for her flair, taste and innovation, we are thrilled to have Charlene designing the tee shirts for the five winners! The tee shirts will incorporate the art onto a specially designed tee shirt!

Douw van Heerden

South Africa

In Nature, rarity precedes extinction. Natural selection is being overshadowed by human selection.

Not only have we conquered the Beast, but we have relegated it to utility. The rendering of animals in full form, colour and texture and of humans as mere stick figures on cave walls of Lascaux and Chauvet, clearly illustrates how the roles have changed. Crude logos of animals on plastic strongboxes and other products echo the shift in values we place on our partner species. The Industrial Revolution has certainly seen to that.

An artist has the ability to play a psychic chord which resonates through the collective memory, reawakening our natural awe and wonder for the animal kingdom. In this age, through creating an awareness of beauty and empathy, Art can supplant the hunter's gun with a zoom lens.

Raghunath Krishna

India

Projects and Achievements:

Gyps Carnival: Conducted the first of a kind carnival to show gratitude and create awareness of the plight of vultures. More than 3000 children took part in the carnival and competitions. Arulagam got tremendous mileage wherever Gyps Carnival success story was presented as the most innovative project.

Pals of Vulture: Created a program to enrol children in the cities adjoining forest villages. Successfully enrolled more than 300 children in Ooty.

Art and Passion towards Nature: Conducting art sessions and role play in Bandipur to help children understand and restore love and respect towards elephants – man-elephant conflicts.

Knowledge Sharing Sessions: Represented Arulagam in a knowledge sharing session as expert in vultures at Srivardhan, Raigad District of Maharashtra.

Motor Rally: Was part of the steering team for a motor cycle rally of 500 kms from Tirupur covering Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kerala forests to spread awareness on vulture conservation.

Media: Took part in various TV shows to spread awareness on nature conservation.

Community and Culture: Helped create awareness during village events like festivals, sport events in Mudumalai through visuals.

Graphic Design and Animation

Graphic Designer, Instructional Designer, Rigging and Animation Artist in Animation Industry for the past 20 years.

  • Worked in 3 animated feature films.
  • Visualised and managed creation of more than 50 hours of elearning content.
  • Specialised in Medical Instructional Design.
  • Teaching and Mentoring students in Animation and Graphic Design in 3 universities.
  • Designed curriculum for 3D animation.

 

Alexis Kriel

South Africa

Alexis Kriel comes with 4 years of art as a background - in portraiture, with oils.

She is a director of the African Pangolin Working Group and has spent time in the Central African Republic rehabilitating pangolin pups.

Alexis has an international certification in wildlife rehabilitation and volunteers at least 50% of her time in ongoing rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife.

She is currently based in Johannesburg. Alexis supports BRR and is an ally and a friend to our organisation.

Meg Freeman

California

Meg Freeman is a California-based wardrobe stylist. She’s worked on numerous fashion editorials and covers for internationally known magazines, on major commercial advertising campaigns, and for television and motion picture. She’s known for the quality of her attention to detail and discerning eye, and has spent much of her career in epic natural landscapes on work locations.

Meg has genuine sensitivity about the connectedness of our planet’s past and future, and vital relationship between humans and animals. She believes it’s our human responsibility to care for the planet and protect its sources of creation, of which the rhino as a keystone species plays such a critical part, and must be saved from extinction.

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