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Wildlife Artist of the Year

Our 2023 competition has come to an end. Our expert independent judging panel reviewed an incredible 1,432 entries from over 760 artists across 61 countries. Each piece was judged anonymously, based on its originality, narrative, and technical skill and the winners announced.

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Artwork by Emma Swift

The wardens of wildlife art.

Each year, the exhibition showcases a breath-taking selection of shortlisted artworks commended by our expert judging panel which portray a variety of techniques and mediums; from recycled plastic sculptures, to intricate pencil drawings, to vast colourful oil paintings, and everything in between.

With entry income and 50% of the proceeds from all artwork sales supporting DSWF and our ground-based partners, this exhibition highlights how we can use art to create something powerful and ignite the conversation about conservation.

2023 Winners

Continuing David Shepherd’s legacy – through art events, exhibitions, partnerships and sales of outstanding original artworks and prints – to help raise awareness and funds for wildlife.

Artwork by Emma Swift
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2024

We are thrilled to announce that our DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year competition will be returning in 2024, opening for entries on 8 January, 12 pm. Entries will close on 11 March.

As always, the competition is open to both amateur and professional artists alike, and we encourage anyone who has a passion for both art and wildlife to enter, using the button below.

We look forward to keeping you updated on these pages and over the following months, but do be sure to sign up to our newsletter and follow our social media channels for the latest news.

Community is our power
and through art
it’s power is infinite.

David Shepherd, Founder David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Artwork by Ingrid Meganck

2023… A record breaking year!

We were delighted to receive a record-breaking number of first-time entrants, and the depth and breadth of work submitted was truly exceptional.

After a comprehensive three-stage judging process, our shortlisted artworks were announced at our live Awards Ceremony on the 11th of September with our annual Exhibition opening thereafter.




Entrants Artists Countries
The Michelle Lee Howk ‘Newcomer’ Award
Artwork by Katy Rundle
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