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Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019

Our annual Wildlife Artist of the Year art competition was established by David Shepherd and embodies his vision for ‘The Art of Survival’ – using art for wildlife conservation.

A prestigious and renowned art competition, Wildlife Artist of the Year brings together a wide range of people from all over the globe to celebrate the worlds diverse range of beauty and wonder. Since the competition began in 2008, it has attracted more than 10,000 entries from around the world, raising more than £1.2m to fund DSWF’s vital work.

After the closing date, our acclaimed panel of judges will narrow down all submissions to a final shortlist. All shortlisted submissions will then be shown at the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 exhibition which is held in a London gallery and open to the general public. All artwork will be available to purchase and winners will be announced on opening night.

There are seven categories:

- Earth’s Wild Beauty: Open to art illustrating wild landscapes, seascapes and the people who live in these environments or work to protect them.
- Animal Behaviour: Open to art which shows a real understanding of animal behaviour and a sense of character.
- Into the Blue: Art illustrating the wonderful world of water, be it ocean, seashore, wetland, river or stream. The Derek Frances Award.
- Urban Wildlife: Entries in an urban style or depicting the city life of animals and plants. Judges are looking for both originality in the habitat as well as the contrast between wild and urban life.
- Vanishing Fast (Sponsored by Martin & Emma Leuw): Art showing our vanishing world. It can be any species officially listed as endangered or threatened on the IUCN Red List – or any a landscape that is at risk.
- Wings: Art showing the extraordinary variety of winged wildlife – birds and insects, in flight or at rest. Sponsored by Barlow Robbins
- Human Impact: A new category, open to young artists aged between 17 and 25 years. Judges are looking for dynamic and political depictions of the consequences human life has had on earth’s wildlife.

Fees:

Paid

Prizes:

First prize £10,000, second prize £1,000 +7 category winners receiving £500 each.

Exhibition:
Once submissions close, entries will be narrowed down by our acclaimed panel of judges to a final shortlist. All shortlisted submissions will then be exhibited for sale at the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 held in London. As agreed upon entry, all sales of shortlisted artworks are divided between the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and the Artist. Overall and Category winners will be announced on opening night.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to amateur and professional artists aged 17 and over and welcomes all traditional artistic mediums (excluding digital and photography).

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

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Theme:

Wildlife Nature