Evolving to End Extinction: Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021

in association with BBC Wildlife Magazine

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is delighted to bring you our global Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 competition and exhibition.

Due to the global pandemic, our world has dramatically changed and so must we. DSWF is therefore evolving 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 launching this year, will allow 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 newly curated content and artist highlights, you will explore the 2021 exhibition in a truly interactive and unique way.  Our new virtual show will transport you to the plains of Africa, the mountains of Asia, or the depths of the darkest oceans to celebrate the natural world in a way never seen before.  

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 will help us in our fight to turn the tide on extinction.

We are asking our devoted 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.

Shortlisted artworks for the exhibition will be selected by an expert judging panel, which includes DSWF’s very first Art Patron and world-renowned wildlife artist, Emily Lamb. Winning artists will receive generous cash prizes donated by our dedicated sponsors, the most recent of which is the Elizabeth Hosking Prize for Watercolour sponsored by Elizabeth Hosking.

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

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)

Submit your artworks for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 Exhibition

  • 25 May 2021

Art Competition Details

Entries open on Wednesday 23 September 2020 and close on Monday 15 February 2021.

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 is open to both professional and amateur artists aged 17 or over, using any technique, medium or style excluding photography and digitally produced artwork. Artists must have reached the age of 17 by the closing date for entries (Monday 15 February 2021).  The Human Impact Category is open to young artists between the ages of 16 and 22. All artworks need to be available for sale and completed by the artists within the last five years, and multiple entries are welcome. Terms and Conditions for entry can be viewed here.

All shortlisted artworks, chosen by our expert panel of judges, will be exhibited in a bespoke virtual gallery from Tuesday 25 May. Shortlisted artworks do not need to be posted to London for the virtual exhibition.

50% of the proceeds from the sale of all artworks in Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021’s exhibition will 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 2021 Prizes

  • £10,000* – Overall Winner
  • £2,000 – Runner-up
  • £500 – Category Winners (x7)
  • £500 – Elizabeth Hosking Prize for Watercolour
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Publicity – The Artist Magazine Award

*The £10,000, consists of a £5,000 cash prize and £5,000 conservation voucher to be donated in the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021’s name to a DSWF conservation initiative of their choice. This is an exciting new way for the winning artists to give back to an endangered animal that inspires them.

You can find out more about How to Enter, alternatively follow our artists’ Instagram account (@dswfwildlifeart) for further updates about this prestigious competition.

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.