Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 winners announced

Incredible bronze sculpture of an octopus by Stephen Rew scoops top prize

During a wonderful evening at the Mall Galleries in London on 28 May, the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 exhibition was revealed to eagerly awaiting artists and buyers, and the winners were revealed.

The overall winner of the competition, earning the £10,000 prize generously donated Neil and June Covey, was ‘Writhe’ by Stephen Rew, an incredible dynamic sculpture of an octopus, made from solid bronze, climbing around a wall.

The judges commented on how brave the piece was, to create something so incredible and unique to be hung on a wall.

Stephen with his winning piece

The runner-up was the incredibly detailed ‘Reflections’, a scratchboard depiction of a lionfish by Tamara Pokorny.

The category winners were:

Animal Behaviour: ‘All Mine’ by Sarah Cosby

Earth’s Wild Beauty: ‘New Forest Dawn’ by Cy Baker

Urban Wildlife: ‘Black and White’ by Daniel Krysta

Vanishing Fast: ‘Desert Haze’ by Laura Pearse

Wings: ‘Johnny Crow and the Tremoloes’ by Michael Fitzgerald

Into the Blue: ‘Tayinloan Velvet 514’ by Rich Simpson

The Artist Magazine Editor’s Choice: ‘All Mine’ by Sarah Cosby

Human Impact (aged 17-25): ‘Shark Fins’ by Sofiya Shukhova

Wildlife Artist of the Year showcases the beauty and drama of the natural world, supporting some of the finest and most exciting wildlife artists, and raising vital awareness and funds to protect endangered species.

Now in its twelfth year, the internationally-renowned competition brings together talented artists and art-lovers from across the world to celebrate our planet’s diverse wildlife through exciting and dynamic wildlife art.

The 152 finalist artworks are exhibited and on sale at the Mall Galleries, London from Wednesday 29 May until 1pm Sunday 2 June.

50% of every sale will go directly to saving endangered species and fighting wildlife crime across Africa and Asia.

There will also be artwork for sale (50% of sale to DSWF) by David Shepherd’s granddaughter Emily Lamb, skilled sketch artist Gary Hodges, Watercolour Challenge star Hazel Soan, graphic designers Under the Skin, watercolour artist Jos Haigh and graphic artist Louise McNaught.