The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation are partnering to present a new conservation award. The Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE) is part of a non-profit program with the goal of acknowledging the many contributions made to wildlife conservation.

ACE was created to recognize the impact made by some of the world’s leading conservationists, those men and women who share their passion to conserve the great outdoors and contribute to the sustainability of nature and wildlife. Sponsored by the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, the Cabela Family Foundation, and Bass Pro Shops, ACE is made possible in large part by the enormous contributions of Jim Cabela and Dick and Mary Cabela—extraordinary conservationists and entrepreneurs themselves.

The first ACE ceremony will be held February 14, 2018, at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The world’s leading conservationists will be honored, while sponsors and guests will experience gourmet cuisine and world-class entertainment. Five finalists will be chosen: The first-place winner will be awarded a $100,000 cash prize (sponsored by the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and the Cabela Family Foundation) and a $5,000 Cabela’s gift certificate. Four finalists will receive a $5,000 Cabela’s gift certificate (sponsored by the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund) and a $5,000 cash reward (sponsored by Bass Pro Shops).

Know of someone who has made a major impact on conservation, whether in the U.S. or abroad? Visit to submit their names for consideration.