Wildlife Artist of the Year

Wildlife Artist of the Year is an internationally renowned art competition and exhibition often referred to as the ‘Oscars of international wildlife art.’ Each year, the competition welcomes entries from hundreds of talented artists worldwide, in a celebration of outstanding wildlife art.

Shortlisted entries are invited to exhibit and sell their artworks as part of our special Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition, held in May/June at the prestigious Mall Galleries, London.

50% of proceeds from all sales support David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.

Wildlife Artist of the Year is a very special initiative for DSWF which has attracted more than 11,000 entries and raised more than £1.2m since 2008. It also plays an integral role helping to maintain David Shepherd’s legacy of ‘The Art of Survival’ and wildlife art giving back to wildlife.

Entries for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 will open on Wednesday, 23 September 2020.

View the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 Artworks

daniel wilson charcoal drawing of a snow leopard

Artwork by Daniel Wilson

rachel toll watercolour painting of a polar bear

Artwork by Rachel Toll

Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition

The Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition features an amazing selection of shortlisted artworks chosen by our expert judging panel.

The exhibition showcases a variety of techniques and mediums from recycled plastic sculptures, to intricate pencil drawings, to vast colourful oil paintings, and everything in between.

Wildlife Artist of the Year prizes

  • Overall winner – £10,000
  • Overall Runner-up – £1,000
  • Seven category winners – £500 each
  • People’s Choice Award – £500 Great Art vouchers
  • The Elizabeth Hosking Prize for Watercolour – £500
  • The Artist Magazine Personal Choice Award – exposure in the magazine

Entries for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 opens in September. Learn more about why you should enter is global art competition.

Find out more about the seven inspiring Wildlife Artist of the Year categories into which artists can choose to enter their artworks.

Missed Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020? You can view the artworks online here. Please note, the 2020 competition and exhibition is now closed.

Discover more about the Wildlife Artist of the Year winners from previous years including 2020 winner, artist Andrew Pledge.