Entries for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 are now open!

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 18 February 2019 

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 Competition Details

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.

How many times can I enter?
You can enter as many times as you like and to as many categories as you would like (Human Impact category open to young artists aged between 17 and 25 years only).

How much does entry cost?
£25 or £10 for Members of DSWF
£10 for those aged 17 – 25 entering the Human Impact category

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

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

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.

How to enter:

Before you enter please make sure you familiarise yourself with our entry terms & conditions including terms of sale and exhibition.

Online entry: Please use this form to enter the 2019 Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

Postal entry: You can enter by post by downloading the entry form here.


For helpful hints click here.

For any enquiries please contact Rachel Nugent at rachel.nugent@davidshepherd.org or on 01483 443856.