Awards & Achievements

  • Apr, 2017

    Gold Medal : Association of Animal Artists

    Pollyanna is honoured and delighted to have been given the Gold Medal for the Best Painting in Show at the Association of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition for her study of a Jacob’s Ram.

    The painting was selected from hundreds or works on exhibition at the Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham, Cheshire, submitted by artists from throughout the UK and around the world.

  • Mar, 2017

    Finalist : Landscape Painter of the Year

    Pollyanna is delighted to have made the final shortlist of 12 artists for the ‘Landscape Painter of the Year’ for her painting ‘By The Light of the Silvery Moon’!

    Pollyanna is especially pleased to have been shortlisted despite the fact that she is of course primarily a wildlife artist!!

  • Jun, 2016

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Peak FM’s annual awards celebrate and recognise the amazing achievements of people across Derbyshire who in some way have made a difference to their local community, shown courage, bravery and helped make the lives of others that little bit better.Pollyanna was  honoured to be presented with their Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her work in both Art and Conservation.

    “I was amazed to be invited on to the stage to collect this award at the end of the evening” Pollyanna said “The stories of so many of the winners of Local Hero awards were so moving and inspiring – and I feel so fortunate to be recognised for doing the work I love and am passionate about.”

  • May, 2016

    Association of Animal Artists Inaugural Chairman’s Award

    Pollyanna is honoured to have recieved the Association of Animal Artists most prestigious annual award, which was presented at the AAA Annual Dinner.

    The Inaugural Chairman’s Award is presented to the artist who is considered to have raised the profile of animal art (not just wildlife) in the last twelve months.

  • May, 2015

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Pollyanna has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Inspirational Women Awards

    The trophy was presented by the founder of the awards, Sonya Robotham, (above left) 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.”

  • Sep, 2014

    Patron :  Artists for Conservation Festival

    Pollyanna is honoured to have been invited to accept the role of patron to the world's top conservation-themed art exhibition. The 5th annual Artists for Conservation Festival will take place from September 26 - October 4 at Grouse Mountain Resort in Vancouver, Canada.

    She is especially honoured to be taking over the role of patron from fellow artist Robert Bateman (above right). The Canadian painter - who is often described as the world’s greatest wildlife artist - is a world renowned conservationist who has held the post since the inaugural event. The festival provides a spectacular venue for top artists from around the world to join efforts in raising awareness and support for conservation.

  • Feb, 2013

    Finalist : The Art and Framing Industry Awards

    Pollyanna was honoured when the Association of Animal Artists asked if they could nominate her on behalf of the association to be considered for the ‘Best Selling Published Artist’ category at The Art and Framing Industry Awards. Pollyanna was delighted to be named as a finalist on her very first nomination!

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  • Mar, 2012

    Artists for Conservation's Simon Combes Conservation Award

    Pollyanna has received the most prestigeous International Award in the field of Wildlife Art - the Artists for Conservation's Simon Combes Conservation award for 2012, recognizing her support for conservation through her artistic talents. The award was presented during the Artists for Conservation Festival Gala in front of a VIP crowd.

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  • Feb, 2012

    First place : Association of Animal Artist Annual Awards

    Pollyanna’s painting ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ (above) scooped the first prize in it’s category in the first ever Association of Animal Artist Annual Awards

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  • May, 2011

    Envionmental Concern Award

    Pollyanna is honoured to have won the inaugural Envionmental Concern Award in the 2011 Wildscape Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards, for her dramatic painting 'What Have We Done...'.

    "I am very honoured to have won this award" Pollyanna commented "as I always try to promote through my artwork an understanding and awareness of some of the environmental threats we face. It is rare that I have the opportunity to address this subject so directly, and I am delighted to have received this recognition in these prestigeous awards."

  • Nov, 2009


    Professional Wildlife Artist of the Year

    Pollyanna was named ‘Professional Wildlife Artist of the Year’ in the Society for All Artists Artist of the Year Awards.

    The SAA is the most influential and far reaching society of its kind anywhere in the world. With an ever growing membership of enthusiastic and eager artists (over 42,000 members at the last count!) it is the largest art society in the world.

    Pollyanna’s painting ‘Fragile World’ which secured the title for her, was completed following her AFC fellowship expedition into the Himalayan Kingdom of BhutanThe painting of a red panda has previously been on exhibition in New York, in the inaugural Artists for Conservation exhibition, and was exhibited alongside the other SAA category winners at the Business Design Centre in London.

  • May, 2009

    Entrepreneur of the Year

    Pollyanna was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the inaugural The Derbyshire Times Business Awards in a glittering ceremony at Hassop Hall. The award was created to recognise an outstanding individual who best demonstrates exceptional vision and leadership in the establishment and development of an owner-led business.

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  • Feb, 2009

    Finalist - Women in Public Life Awards

    Pollyanna was one of just three women shortlisted for their achievements in the Business Woman of the Year award category at the Women in Public Life Awards which rewarded the most influential women that parliamentarians identifed as having made an outstanding contribution to public life during the past year.

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  • Feb, 2008

    University of Derby : Honorary Degree

    The University of Derby conferred the honorary degree of master of the University on Pollyanna during their 2008 graduation ceremonies in recognition of her achievements in art and conservation. Pollyanna is now entitled to use the letters HonMUniv after her name.         

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  • May, 2007

    Excellence in the Community Award

    Pollyanna is one of the first recipients of a new excellence award from Derbyshire County Council, for her ‘outstanding personal achievement’ which has helped to put Derbyshire on the map.

    The Excellence in the Community Awards are an initiative designed to recognise outstanding work and extraordinary achievement by individuals, groups and communities. The Council recognises that there are many adults, businesses, voluntary and charitable organisations throughout the county whose selfless work is helping to improve our communities and the lives of local people and these new awards celebrate this work. The awards also celebrate outstanding achievement, especially artistic, musical or academic success.

  • Jan, 2007

    Winner : Wildscape Masterclass Challenge

    Pollyannahas won the inaugural 'Masterclass Challenge' organised by Wildscape, the UK's only national magazine dedicated to wildlife art.

    The theme of the challenge was 'movement' and Pollyanna submitted her painting 'Speed of Flight' depicting a kestrel in full stoop after its prey. The judges of the award commented: "To convey movement whether gentle, fast or agressive is one of the most difficult aspects of painting, whether it be wildlife or any other genre. The eye is drawn automatically across the painting following the action of the bird. Wings blur as they begin to break the forward motion, the background, a suggestion only with a few deft streaks of colour. The positioning of the bird within the compsition, bottom right, almost about to fly completely out of the frame, suggests even more action to come as the kestrel makes contact with its prey."

  • May, 2006

    Department of Trade and Investment's Women in Business Achievement Award.

    Pollyanna's daughter and business partner Anna-Louise has been honoured with the Department of Trade and Investment's Women in Business Achievement Award.

    The award is a joint initiative between the UK government, Women in Business International and the British Exporter's Association. It recognises the achievements of high flying business women, and aims to inspire other women to the top of the workplace ladder.

    Anna-Louise received her award from Andrew Cahn the chief executive of the department of trade and industry at a glittering awards ceremony in London's Knightsbridge. She is pictured above with fellow award winner Patricia Davidson,(left) director of Rotational Engineering, and Hero Ibrahim Ahmed,(centre) the wife of the President of Iraq, who was making her first overseas public appearance at the ceremony.

  • May, 2006

    Expedition Fellowship from Artist's for Conservation Foundation

    Pollyanna  has been granted a fellowship from  Artists For Conservation in support of her next expedition into the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

    Pollyanna is the first woman ever to be granted a fellowship by the group – and the first artist to be selected from outside Canada or North America.

    Her objective is to study and paint in one of the world's last true wilderness environments and document the remarkable range of flora and fauna which survives there. Pollyanna will embark on her month-long journey in the spring of 2007, the year which marks the 21st anniversary of her first expedition to study threatened species in their natural habitats; however, Bhutan will be one of her most ambitious and challenging projects yet.

    Bhutan jealously guards its lifestyle and ancient traditions. Many village people in the region have stories of their sightings and meetings with the "yeti" or Migoi as the Bhutanese refer to these creatures, which are widely believed by locals to exist throughout the northern part of the country.

  • Feb, 2006

    AFC Conservation Artist Award

    Pollyanna has been honoured with an International award in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to conservation, by this prestigious wildlife art society, based in Canada.

    The society have celebrated Pollyanna's commitment and dedication to the Artists For Conservation mission by naming her as the latest recipient of the AFC Conservation Artist Award. The award recognises her tireless work through the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation to both conserve endangered species and help injured wildlife within the UK

    The Award is bestowed on a member of the Worldwide Nature Group of Artists who has demonstrated a combination of artistic excellence and made an extraordinary contribution to the conservation cause. Previous winners include David Shepherd and the late Simon Combes.

  • May, 2005

    Animal Conservation Fund-raiser of the Year

    Pollyanna attended the House of Lords  to collect a top International Award for her conservation work

    Animal charity IFAW named Pollyanna as their 'Animal Conservation Fund-raiser of the Year 2005' in recognition of her tireless work through the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation to both conserve endangered species and help injured wildlife within the UK. Just nine awards are given annually by the society, to honour the world's most caring animal lovers.

    The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation was formally established in 2001 to continue Pollyanna's commitment to working for the welfare of wildlife. Since then tens of thousands of pounds have been raised through a percentage of sales at Pollyanna's exhibitions, her fees for public speaking engagements, prize draws to win original paintings, and donations.

  • Dec, 2004

    Gold Medal : The Wildilfe Art Society International

    In addition to being awarded a prestigious Business award at the end of 2004, Pollyanna was once again recognised for her artistic skills. The Wildlife Art Society International presented her with the top award to be bestowed at their annual exhibition, for the second year running.

    Pollyanna's study of a wolf, inspired by her journeys in Transylvania earlier in the year, won the Gold Medal award, selected as the best in show from over 300 pieces on exhibition - including the work of top wildlife artists from Australia, South Africa, Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands. First staged in Bristol to coincide with the month long Festival of Nature, the exhibition then moved to Kent for a further week in November. The previous year Pollyanna's landscape 'Tranquillity' also picked up a Gold Medal.

  • Nov, 2004

    Hera Award - Natwest Everywoman Awards

    Pollyanna beat hundreds of women entrepreneurs to reach the top spot in the CREATE sponsored Hera Award that honours and recognises the achievements of women in business.

    Unique in their offering, the awards reward not only business women who have achieved significant success, but also women who have overcome adversities such as financial constraints, social disadvantages or skills gaps and strived forward with sheer determination and passion.

    Commenting on Pollyanna's achievements, everywoman co-founders, Maxine Benson and Karen Gill said, "We are delighted for Pollyanna – the whole judging panel was overwhelmed by her determination; she is such an inspiration and a perfect example of how women are not only overcoming barriers such as lack of support from industry sectors, but more importantly how they are doing so amazingly well in them."

  • Oct, 2004

    First Place - Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards

    Pollyanna's painting of a blackbird 'Golden October' took the first place in the Birds category of these prestigeous awards

  • Aug, 2004

    Speaker of the Year

    Pollyanna was voted Speaker of the Year 2004 at the Speaker Finder's Conference in Harrogate. At this event, the speaker-finders for societies across England nominate their favourite speakers from their past season's programme. Pollyanna was chosen as the year's most popular speaker against very stiff competition, including politicians, comedians, actors and TV presenters for her talks about her journeys to study and paint endangered species.

  • Mar, 2004

    Personal Assistant of the Year (Anna-Louise Pickering)

    Pollyanna's daughter Anna-Louise is delighted to have been honoured with title of 'Personal Assistant of the Year 2004'. The office machine manufacturers Brother, in association with OS magazine held the nation-wide search for 'The most hardworking PA in the country' .

  • Jun, 2003

    Gold Medal : The Wildilfe Art Society International

    Pollyanna  was presented with the top award to be bestowed at The Wildlife Art Society's International exhibition.

    Pollyanna's original painting 'Tranquillity' was chosen by the panel of judges as the best painting on show out of more than 300 exhibited. This year the exhibition featured the work of top wildlife artists from India, the USA and Australia as well as Europe. First staged in Bristol, it then moved to Kent for a further week in November.

    Pollyanna was also one of the three finalists for the prestigious Chris Parsons Award for a portfolio of work.

    'Tranquillity' shows the banks of the river Derwent, which flows through the field behind Pollyanna's Peak District home. Although originally intending to paint a simple landscape, Pollyanna did not feel it was complete without a little bit of wildlife - and added a heron flying up from the river bank.


  • May, 2003

    Commendation : European Women of Achievement Awards

    Pollyanna was Commended at a lavish international awards ceremony at London's Grosvenor house. The Women of Achievement awards aim to reward outstanding accomplishment with special accolades, and the final short list is drawn from thousands of nominations from throughout the European Union.

    As one of just five finalists in the arts and media category, Pollyanna was recognised for her remarkable achievements in her chosen artistic field and in particular her dedication to conservation and the protection of endangered species world-wide.

    In May Pollyanna was interviewed by a judging panel which included Nicholas Bonham, of the prestigious auction house, as well as the chief cashier of the Bank of England. Last month she attended the glittering awards luncheon at London's Grosvenor House, during which she was presented with a special certificate in commendation of her "Outstanding contribution to pan-European understanding and progress that provides an inspiration to others".

  • Feb, 2003

    Gold Excellence Award

    Two of Pollyanna's Cross Stitch designs licsenced by DMC have been one of the industries' top accolades - the Gold Excellence Award

  • Feb, 2003

    Pollyanna is voted one of the ten Greatest East Midlanders

    Pollyanna was very pleased - as well as somewhat surprised! - to find herself voted onto the final short list of the ten greatest East Midlanders of all time. Following on from the nation-wide vote to find the greatest Briton, the East Midlands Regional Assembly invited the public to nominate candidates from their own region. The ten who received the most votes then went on to a final poll in East Midlands Life magazine, and on the regional assembly web site.

  • Jun, 2002

    Public Vote : Best Artworks in Show by a Single Artist

    At the annual exhibition of The Wildlife Art Society, the general public were invited to vote for their favourite piece of work.

    Pollyanna was delighted when the three paintings she had on exhibition gathered between them the most overall votes for all the work on show by a single artist.

    The exhibition, which was held in Bristol, home to the famous BBC natural History Unit includes original work by the cream of Britain's Wildlife Artists.


  • Jul, 2001

    Finalist - Midlands Business Woman of the Year Award

    Pollyanna was honored to be one of just six finalists chosen from hundreds of entries for the Midlands Businesswoman of the Year Award.

    This extremely prestigious award is presented annually at the Women of the Year Luncheon in Birmingham. "I was amazed and delighted to be selected" Pollyanna told us "When people think of artists, they often have no concept of the sheer hard work involved, or even realise that art can be a 'real job'. There are very many talented artists who leave art college each year, but sadly very few go on to a successful career - unfortunately it is not enough to be able to paint, it is vital to have a head for business as well."

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  • Jun, 2000

    Millenium Trophy -The Wildlife Art Society International

    Pollyanna has been selected by the Wildlife Art Society International to receive their special Millennium Trophy for Wildlife Art. The award winning paintings were chosen during the society's annual exhibition, which this year was held in Bristol, in association with the Wildscreen awards - the 'Oscars' of the wildlife film industry. The judges decided that the depth and quality of Pollyanna's portfolio of work meant that she should be the recipients of this prestigious trophy in the millennium year.

  • May, 1999

    Freedom of Bolsover and District

    Pollyanna was given the Key to Bolsover in a civic ceremony in recognition of her charity work in the area, including assisting in the establishment of a nature reserve in a woodland area threatened by destruction, and work with schools and community groups.