Honours & Accolades

2014 Salmon Conservation Stamp Art Competition

Steelhead: Stealing Fresh Eggs was Mark’s entry into to the 2014 Salmon Conservation Stamp Art Competition and was awarded 2nd place.

Congratulations to Salt Spring Island wildlife artist W. Allan Hancock who won first prize and will have his work featured on the Salmon Stamp. You can see Allan's entry on the Pacific Salmon Foundation website.

Some of B.C.'s top wildlife artists are invited every November to compete for this prestigious honor and $6,000 prize money. The winning image is printed as a stamp and a limited edition print. The $6.30 stamp is attached to all salt water salmon licences and just over a dollar of that is returned to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for salmon restoration work. Since the program was started in 1989 well over 10 million dollars have been generated by the program for a wide range of projects directed at maintaining the health of the five species of Pacific Salmon and sea going trout.

Coho Dodging Kelp

2013 Salmon Conservation Stamp Art Competition

Coho: Dodging Kelp was Mark’s entry into to the 2013 Salmon Conservation Stamp Art Competition and was awarded 2nd place.

Congratulations to Vancouver wildlife artists Bill Munsie and Tak Shoji. 
Bill, who won first prize and will have his work featured on the Salmon Stamp and Tak placed third.  You can see their entries on the Pacific Salmon Foundation blog.

Some of B.C.'s top wildlife artists are invited every November to compete for this prestigious honor and $6,000 prize money. The winning image is printed as a stamp and a limited edition print. The $6.30 stamp is attached to all salt water salmon licences and just over a dollar of that is returned to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for salmon restoration work. Since the program was started in 1989 well over 10 million dollars have been generated by the program for a wide range of projects directed at maintaining the health of the five species of Pacific Salmon and sea going trout.

 

 

Stellar's Jay on Alder Tree

Steller's Jay: Among Alders Chosen for AFC Book Cover

Artists For Conservation announced that Mark's "Steller's Jay: Among Alders" painting has been selected for the cover of the 2012 Art of Conservation Exhibit Book. The annual hardcover "coffee-table" book is published on sustainably forested paper, as a companion to the 5th annual AFC Exhibit, showing in Vancouver, BC running October 13th thorough to October 21st.

The artbook, which can be ordered online, features images of all the art on display at the 2012 AFC Festival and virtual show.  The orginal has sold but this stunning piece is available as a limited edition giclée reproduction.

"There are hundreds of outstanding artists within the ranks of the AFC whose work I have long admired, and so I am deeply honored to have my work chosen to grace the cover of the 2012 AFC annual publication," says Mark.

AFC President, Jeff Whiting explains: "Mark is a long-time supporter and member of AFC and an exemplary leader in our community, having dedicated his life to communicating the beauty of our natural history and leading important conservation initiatives to protect iconic natural areas. His artwork is visually stunning and captures the natural essence of Canada's Pacific Northwest habitat."

Mark is currently championing the protection of Canada's west coast wilderness, having envisioned and organized an expedition with fifty artists - some of Canada's most celebrated and many who of First Nations heritage. His efforts are bringing attention to the dramatic beauty and fragile diversity of the remote coastal wilderness of northern and central B.C. that would be at risk with proposed super-tanker traffic through rough and perilously narrow channels. Eight fellow Signature Members of Artists for Conservation participated.

International Artist Magazine

Over the years Mark's work has appeared on the covers of various magazines, phone books and other publications with several feature articles on his work.

The 2010 August/September issue of International Artist Magazine (published in Australia) has done the most extensive review to date of Mark's work, devoting 12 pages of their magazine to his inspiration, techniques and floating studio.

Salmon Conservation Stamp Collection Competition Winner

Mark won the 20th Salmon Conservation Stamp Competition (2010) sponsored annually by the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The announcement was made in the Globe and Mail on Dec. 21, 2009.

Fifteen of B.C.'s top wildlife artists are invited every November to compete for this prestigious honor and $6,000 prize money. The winning image is printed as a stamp and a limited edition print. The $6.30 stamp is attached to all salt water salmon licences and just over a dollar of that is returned to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for salmon restoration work. Since the program was started in 1989 well over 10 million dollars have been generated by the program for a wide range of projects directed at maintaining the health of the five species of Pacific Salmon and sea going trout. This is the third time the competition has been won by Mark. Previously 2003 and 2005 were also years when the stamp image was a Hobson painting.

Signature Status!

In March of 2009 Mark was honoured by the Federation of Canadian Artists and awarded Signature Status. This is the highest category attainable by the federation and recognises an artists overall outstanding artistic achievement.

International Artist Magazine Competition #51 - Rivers, Lakes, and Seascapes

The June - July 2009 issue of International Artist Magazine published Mark's painting titled "Lismer Bay in Winter" and awarded the image Third Place in their competition on Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes.

Royal Canadian Mint Features Mark Hobson's Work

In January 2008 The Royal Canadian Mint launched a new Canadian coin designed by Mark Hobson. This new aureate dollar features a pair of Common Eiders, a duck species frequently seen on the east coast of the country. It is available as a specimen set with six other Canadian coins presented in a maroon coloured case and limited to 40,000 worldwide. Most post office outlets have the new coin on display.

This is the fourth wildlife design Mark has done for the Royal Canadian Mint. Previous images included Tufted Puffins, Pronghorn Antelope and Muskox.

Ducks Unlimited 2006 Artist of the Year

Two of Mark Hobson's images were chosen by Ducks Unlimited Canada for the National Art Program for 2006. The artist’s proofs of the chosen images are available from the artist. "Mallards: Looking South" was awarded the 2006 Artist of the Year award. "Polar Bear: At the Edge of the Ice" was chosen for the Portfolio Artists Category.

Canadian Wildlife Conservation Organisation Stamp Program

The Canadian Wildlife Conservation Organisation chose two of Mark's images for its 2006 Stamp Program for fundraising efforts. The images chosen were "The Screech Owl" for British Columbia and "The Common Snipe" for Nova Scotia.