Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

 ABUN 30

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 this year.  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 77artists produced no less than 324 paintings and 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 posted to ABUN’s Facebook page 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 (scroll down); others are being used to illustrate posts to ACAP Latest News, replacing hitherto-used photographs.  In addition, ABUN will using the artworks and photographs to create a World Albatross Day banner and a music video to help ACAP draw attention to the conservation crisis that continues to be faced by albatrosses.

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.

ABUN 30 Challenge.1 Collage


Poster Owen Davey FINAL

The 'official' World Albatross Day poster was especially created by illustrator Owen Davey at ACAP's request. Owen has written in support of 'WAD2020':

“It is immensely important to preserve the diversity of animal life on our planet and minimise the impact we have on it.  Sadly, thousands of albatrosses have suffered as a direct result of humans and our unsustainable and short-sighted use of the planet's resources.  Conservation efforts often have to begin with education, increasing public awareness of key issues facing these creatures.  By informing people on how to make better choices as consumers and voters, we can begin to reduce our negative influence on their natural lifestyles.  I'm so the pleased that my poster design for World Albatross Day 2020 can be used to try to bring about positive change and highlight the need to protect these majestic birds.”

To enquire about obtaining a high-resolution print of the poster contact his website at  With thanks to Michelle Risi for initiating the contact with Owen.  Read more here.



The following five World Albatross Day 2020 posters come from ACAP's collaboration with Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature (ABUN) over January and February 2020.  With thanks to ABUN artists Mary Ingrum, Jan Phethean, Di Roberts, Maureen Rousseau & Anne Shoemaker and to ABUN founder, Kitty Harvill.  Ruth Cooper designed the posters for ACAP.  Read more about the ABUN collaboration here.

Contact the ACAP Information Officer for information on how to obtain free high-resolution versions suitable for printing at A3 size.


Read about the design of the above artwork and its five constituent parts by Mary Ingrum here.AbunLowResMaureen

As part of raising awareness of the inaugural World Albatross Day on 19 June this year ACAP has been challenging 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 are then being used to draw attention to the conservation crisis facing the world’s 22 albatross species.

By late March banner photos have come from 15 islands, two fishing vessels and one institute.  As photographs of WAD2020 banners are submitted to ACAP they are featured along with their stories in ACAP Latest News (click here).  More banner photographs are expected in the period up to 19 June.

iRequests 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 are taken.

With thanks to all who have made, photographed and submitted WAD2020 banners to ACAP Latest News.

A selection of banner challenge photos follow.  Click on their captions to read about each one.

Gough Island

Albatross Banner Adams Gibsons albatross 078A2426med

Adams Island, Auckland Islands

Albatross banner white capped albatross Disappointment 078A2686med 

Disappointment Island, Auckland Islands


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