Frances Alvarez (2015)
Frances is a graphic designer and illustrator from Manila, Philippines, whose work is inspired by nature, especially species endemic to the Philippines. Frances wants her art to raise awareness about native wildlife and the threats they face. She is also a member of “Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan,” an organization of Filipino artists dedicated to designing and illustrating children’s books.
While an illustrator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Frances painted 14 large, full-page spreads for An Eagle’s Feather, an overisized childrens’ picture book that tells the story of Kalayaan, a Philippine Eagle. This book is used by the Philippine Eagle Foundation for outreach in elementary schools and villages, helping teach children about the importance of protecting their national bird. It has also been published by the Cornell Lab Publishing Group in a smaller size, and has been nominated for the 2019 Green Earth Book Awards.