Entries for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019

2019 entries are now closed!

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 Competition Details

There are seven categories:

  • Earth’s Wild Beauty: (Proudly sponsored by Barlow Robbins) 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: (Proudly sponsored by The Source Bulk Foods) Art illustrating the wonderful world of water, be it ocean, seashore, wetland, river or stream. The Derek Frances Award.
  • Urban Wildlife: (Proudly sponsored by Barlow Robbins) 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: (Proudly sponsored by Emma and Martin Leuw of The Smiling Tiger Charitable Trust) 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: (Proudly sponsored by Silversurfers) Art showing the extraordinary variety of winged wildlife – birds and insects, in flight or at rest.
  • Human Impact: (Proudly sponsored by Art Discount) 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.

Additional awards include:

  • Overall Winner: One artwork is selected as the overall winner of Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 and is awarded a prize of £10,000.
  • Second Place: (Proudly sponsored by Barlow Robbins) One artwork is selected as the runner up of Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 and is awarded a prize of £1000.
  • People’s Choice: Every visitor to the exhibition at the Mall Galleries, SW1 has the chance to vote for their favourite artwork. The artwork with the most votes by the exhibition closing date is awarded a prize worth £500.
  • The Artist Award: (Proudly provided by The Artist magazine) Chosen by a leading art publication, The Artist Award winner is given a profile feature for publication in The Artist, print and digital issues.

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 prizes worth £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 at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 between 29 May – 2 June.. 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:

2019 entries are now closed!

Entries closed at 5pm on Monday 18 February 2019

Check our entry terms & conditions including terms of sale and exhibition.


For helpful hints click here.

For any enquiries please contact Emily Summers at emily.summers@davidshepherd.org or on 01483 443856.



Our special thank you to our wonderful Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 Sponsors:

Emma and Martin Leuw of The Smiling Tiger Charitable Trust and Gary Hodges.