Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020

Wildlife Artist of the Year is an internationally renowned competition and exhibition which celebrates the very best of wildlife art and raises vital funds for David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s (DSWF) work protecting endangered species across Africa and Asia.

This year we received 1,200 entries from artists across 53 countries, with 159 incredible artworks shortlisted for the final online exhibition.

All Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 shortlisted artworks were for sale with 50% being donated to help protect our precious wildlife.

This year, we also showcased some very special galleries of artworks, all for sale to raise funds for DSWF and our vital work. These included ‘Sketch for Wildlife’ postcards, artworks by David Shepherd and our Art Ambassadors, ‘Sketches from the Field’ by Mandy Shepherd and an exciting Guest Artist Gallery. Please do take a look as many of these artworks are still for sale.

The winner of Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020, along with the runner up and category winners, were announced at our live Awards Ceremony, which this year was held online. Andrew Pledge took the overall winner title with his ‘Wood Stork’ and you can read more about the painting, the artist, plus all of our other winners here. DSWF CEO, Georgina Lamb, hosted the ceremony alongside our Celebrity Ambassador, mezzo soprano Laura Wright, who treated viewers to a wonderful performance during the evening. If you missed the Awards Ceremony, you can watch it below.

Visit the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 online exhibition

Thank you to our sponsors.

Wildlife Artist of the Year wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of our sponsors:

Neil and June Covey
Sponsors of the Overall Winner prize

Moore Barlow
Sponsors of the Second Place prize, plus ‘Earth’s Wild Beauty’ and ‘Urban Wildlife’ categories.

Gary Hodges
Sponsor of the ‘Animal Behaviour’ category.

Indus Experiences
Sponsor of the ‘Human Impact’ category.

Martin & Emma Leuw

Sponsor of ‘Facing Extinction’ category

Paul Traub Associates
Sponsor of the ‘Into the Blue’ category.

Sponsor of the ‘Wings’ category.

Special Awards
New for 2020: Elizabeth Hosking Prize for Watercolour
Sponsored by Elizabeth Hosking

People’s Choice Award
Sponsored by Great Art
With thanks to our prize draw donors Patrick Mavros and Mia Kora

The Artist Award
Sponsored by The Artist Magazine


Peruse our gallery of affordable original artwork postcards donated by our finalists. They cost £60 each with 100% going to fund our vital work.

View and purchase incredible original artworks from our founder, David Shepherd, and DSWF’s ultra-talented Art Ambassadors.

A selection of original sketches by David Shepherd’s daughter, Mandy Shepherd, drawn over three consecutive visits to Uganda.

Featuring art by our Partner Artists and friends of DSWF including international cricketer Jack Russell MBE and renowned wildlife photographer Andy Skillen.