Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021

in association with BBC Wildlife Magazine

After a fantastic month, this year’s Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition 2021, in association with BBC Wildlife Magazine, is now closed.


We exhibited over 250 stunning artworks from artists all over the world. With at least 50% of the proceeds from all sales supporting David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia, we were able to raise an amazing £90,100.


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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) was delighted to bring you our global Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 competition and exhibition during May to June this year.

Due to the global pandemic, our world has dramatically changed and so did we. DSWF evolved to end extinction by creating an interactive, pioneering, and far-reaching virtual Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 exhibition featuring all shortlisted artworks using the latest technology.

This new virtual platform launched this year, allowed for greater interaction, reach, and exposure for wildlife art and the wildlife warriors who enter and commit to giving back to the animals and landscapes which grace their canvases.

With nature as our inspiration, we must adapt to survive these unprecedented times.  The fate of our Foundation and wildlife depend on it, and every entry into the competition and artwork sold helped us in our fight to turn the tide on extinction.

We asked our community of wildlife artists to pick up their brushes, easels and pencils to help us create the most viewed and significant Wildlife Artist of the Year to date, for the sake of the world’s precious wildlife and the future of this much-celebrated competition. The art community delivered over 2000 stunning artworks, making the judging process particularly tough.

Shortlisted artworks for the exhibition were selected by an expert judging panel, which included DSWF’s very first Art Patron and world-renowned wildlife artist, Emily Lamb.

This world-class competition exemplifies David Shepherd’s legacy, creating awareness for biodiversity from across the globe in its seven unique categories:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Earth’s Wild Beauty
  • Facing Extinction
  • Human Impact
  • Into the Blue
  • Urban Wildlife
  • Wings

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 Judges

  • Emily Lamb
  • Gary Hodges
  • Georgina Lamb
  • Richard Ecclestone
  • Hazel Soan
  • Jamie Rountree
  • Mandy Shepherd
  • Melanie Shepherd
  • Simon Trapnell
  • Wendy Feess

Human Impact category (ages 16 -22):

  • Amanda Couch
  • Emily Lamb
  • Martin Aveling
  • Stephen Rew (Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019)

View the catalogue of 2021 finalists.

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 Exhibition

  • 25 May 2021

Wildlife Artist of the Year Details

This year’s competition and exhibition is now closed. 

Please watch this space to find out more about next year’s competition and exhibition.

50% of the proceeds from the sale of all artworks in Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021’s exhibition continue to support DSWF’s work to fight wildlife crime, protect endangered species and engage communities to protect endangered wildlife across Africa and Asia.

Wildlife Artist of the Year

You can find out more about how to submit your artwork into Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 here.

There are seven unique categories in which entering artists can submit their artworks for judging.

Get some wild inspiration from the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 online gallery and exhibition.

Learn more about DSWF’s world-famous annual Wildlife Artist of the Year competition and exhibition.