Recent Awards and Citations

2015 - Lifetime Achievement Award
Pollyanna has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Inspirational Women Awards... read more

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... read more

2012 - Artists for Conservation's Simon Combes Conservation Award
We are proud to announce that 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... read more

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... read more

2011 - Envionmental Concern Award
Pollyanna is honoured to have won the inaugural in the 2011 Wildscape , for her dramatic painting 'What Have We Done'... read more

2009 - Professional Wildlife Artist of the Year . 2009 ended on a high note for Pollyanna when she was named ‘Professional Wildlife Artist of the Year’ in the Society for All Artists Artist of the Year Awards. Pollyanna’s painting ‘Fragile World’ which secured the title for her, was completed following her AFC fellowship expedition into the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan... read more

2009 - Finalist - Women in Public Life Awards
Pollyanna was one of just three women shortlisted for their achievemnets 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... read more

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... read more

2008 - Honourary 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... read more

2008 - Bronze Medal
The Wildlife Art Society International presented Pollyanna's 'Sands of Time' with one of the top awards to be bestowed at their annual exhibition. During 2008 Pollyanna was also one of the finalists shortlisted for the DSWF Widlife Artist of the Year award.

2007 - Excellence in the Community Award
Pollyanna was 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... read more

2007 - Wildscape Masterclass Challenge
Pollyanna is very pleased to have won the first 'Masterclass Challenge' organised by Wildscape, the UK's only national magazine dedicated to wildlife art... read more

2006 - Conservation Artist Award
Pollyanna was honoured with this prestigious International award by the Artists for Conservation Foundation in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to conservation and wildlife art... read more

2006 - Department of Trade and Industry's Women in Business Achievement Award.
Pollyanna's daughter and business partner Anna-Louise has been honoured with this award which 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... read more

2006 - Expedition Fellowship from Artist's for Conservation Foundation
Pollyanna was granted a fellowship from Canada based society Artists for Conservation in support of her 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... read more

2005 - IFAW Animal Conservation Fund-raiser of the Year
The International Fund for Animal Welfare 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 crystal trophy was presented at the House of Lords... read more

2004 - Gold Medal - The Wildlife Art Society International
The Wildlife Art Society International presented Pollyanna's 'Study of A Wolf' with one of the top awards to be bestowed at their annual exhibition, for the second year running. The painting was inspired by her travels in Transylvania... read more

2004 - Hera Award - Natwest Everywoman Awards
Pollyanna was honoured to win one of the UK's top national Business awards, which reward not only business women who have achieved significant success, but also those who have overcome adversities such as financial constraints, social disadvantages or skills gaps and strived forward with sheer determination and passion... read more

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... read more

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.

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

2003 - Gold Medal - The Wildlife Art Society International
The Wildlife Art Society International presented Pollyanna's landscape 'Tranquility' with one of the top awards to be bestowed at their annual exhibition... read more

2003 - Gold Excellence Award
Two of Pollyanna's Cross Stitch designs licsenced by DMC have been one of the industries' top accolades.

2003 - Finalist - Greatest East Midlander Awards
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... read more

2003 - Commendation - European Women of Achievment Awards
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 women to recieve commendations 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... read more

2002 - Public's Favourite Award - The Wildlife Art Society Exhibition
At the annual exhibition of The Wildlife Art Society, the general public are 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... read more

2001 - Finalist - Midlands Business Woman of the Year Award
Pollyanna was honoured to be selected from thousands of entries as one of just six finalists for the Midlands Business Women of the Year award. The extremely prestigious award is presented annually at the Women of The Year Luncheon... read more

2000 - Millennium Trophy - the Wildlife Art Society International
Pollyanna was selected by the Wildlife Art Society International to receive their special Millennium Trophy for Wildlife Art. This is a one off crystal trophy to celebrate artistic excellence at the turn of the century... read more

1999 - Awarded 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.


“In recognition of her remarkable achievements as a wildlife artist par excellence and business woman, and for her sustained charitable work to protect wildlife the University of Derby academic board is delighted to confer the Honorary Degree of master of the University upon Pollyanna Pickering”

Professor Michael Gunn, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby

"Pollyanna in common with all our award winners possesses a determination to succeed, belief in her own abilities, the courage to overcome often huge obstacles, and the willpower to make it happen. They are all truly an inspiration to all those who desire to turn their dreams into reality".

Peta Payne, Chairman of the European Women of Achievemnet awards committee

“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.”

Everywoman Award co-founders, Maxine Benson and Karen Gill

“We are delighted to present Pollyanna with this award. She has shown such determination and has single-handedly got her business dream off the ground and made it the continuing success it is today. We applaud her business success.”

Robert Looker, Franchise Manager of CREATE, sponsors of the everywoman Hera award

'Pollyanna is an an inspiration to us all'

Baroness Gale presenting The International Fund of Animal Welfare conservation award at the House of Lords

"Pollyanna has achieved outstanding success in a market where so many have failed….. she is one of the best known faces in Derbyshire’’

Derbyshire Times Editor Mike Watson Presenting the Entrepeneur of the Year Awards

“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.”

Sonya Robotham, Founder of the Inspirational Women's Awards

Pollyanna with the Millennium Trophy

Pollyanna with her Lifetime Achievement Award

Pollyanna with the Hera award

Recieving her honourary degree

Excellence in the Community Awards

Recieving the Entrepeneur of the Year Award

Recieving the IFAW award at the House of Lords

Commendationfrom the Auropean Women of Achievement Awards

Women in Public Life Awarda

Anna-Louise receives the DTI award