Artwork by Clare Parkes

Entry Confirmation


Success! Thank you for entering Wildlife Artist of the Year 2024 and for giving back to the endangered wildlife that inspires you as an artist.


You will shortly receive an email confirming your entry.

Peter O’Brien
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

“I set up my foundation with the sole purpose of giving something back to the animals that helped me achieve success as an artist.”
– David Shepherd

What happens next?
How will I know that my entry has been successfully received?

Upon completion and submission of your entry form with the associated payment, you will receive an automatic email confirming safe receipt. Sometimes emails can get caught in spam filters or junk mail, so if you do not receive a confirmation of entry email, please double check these folders first. If after 48 hours you still have not received this, please contact or call our office on 01483 272323.  

Can I make changes after submission?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes to entries once submitted and received. However, if you are aware that you have made an error on your entry form (e.g. listing the wrong dimensions), please email as soon as possible and we will look into this for you.   

Excluding the entry fee, are there any further costs involved in entering the competition?

Yes. But only if you are a shortlisted finalist and your piece is selected by the judges to take part in the annual exhibition. In this case there will be additional costs for shipping your piece to and, if unsold, from the Mall Galleries, London. 

Is the entry fee refundable?

No, the entry fee is not refundable in normal circumstances. We may refund the amount to you if there is an error in the transaction that prevents you from submitting your piece or results in your submission being made more than once. If this is the case, please call our office on 01483 272323 or email us at  

If I am shortlisted what happens next?

Shortlisted artists will be asked to complete an Artist Agreement that provides DSWF with detailed information on the artist and the artwork for exhibition, sales promotion and artist payment purposes. Artists will be provided with detailed requirements regarding the exhibition logistics including delivery and hanging.

When is the exhibition for WAY?

The DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2024 Exhibition will be held at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 between Monday 1 July – Saturday 6 July 2024.  

There will be also be an online exhibition, where WAY 2024 finalist work can be viewed and purchased remotely. The online exhibition will open on Wednesday 26 June and close on Saturday 6 July 2024.  

How many prizes are awarded?

The judges will choose an overall competition winner, an overall competition runner up, and a winner of each category. In addition to this there are various other prizes including the Elizabeth Hosking Prize for the best painting in watercolour, the David Shepherd Art of Survival Award, the Michelle Lee Howk First Time Entrants Prize and The Artist Editor’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is voted for by the public during the exhibition period.  

When/how do I find out the results of the competition?

Every artist who has taken part in WAY 2024 will be advised after the second round of judging has taken place, in early May 2024, as to whether or not they have been shortlisted and selected for exhibition. This information will be sent via email to the email address provided on your entry form. Please ensure that your email address is correct on entry.

The winners of the competition will be selected by our expert judging panel from the finalists and therefore will all be selected artworks that are physically in the exhibition at the Mall Galleries. The overall winner, category and award winners will be judged in person at the Mall Galleries after hanging and before the exhibition opens. Winners will be announced in the WAY 2024 Awards Ceremony on 1 July 2024 which will also be available to watch online, and will then be published on the DSWF website and social media channels.  

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