Wildlife Artist of the Year

in association with BBC Wildlife Magazine

The 2021 Virtual Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition has now closed.

Wildlife Artist of the Year is an internationally renowned art competition and exhibition often referred to as the ‘Oscars of international wildlife art.’ 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.

50% of the 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.

View the catalogue of 2021 finalists.

Artwork by Szilvia Mate

Artwork by Hilary Kington

Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition

The 2022 Wildlife Artists of the Year Competition will reopen later this year for entries into the 2022 exhibition.

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 annual Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition.

Wildlife Artist of the Year prizes

  • Overall winner
  • Overall Runner-up
  • Six category winners
  • People’s Choice Award
  • The Elizabeth Hosking Prize for Watercolour
  • The Artist Magazine Personal Choice Award
  • Human Impact category

Entries for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022 will open later in 2021. Wildlife artists can submit their beautiful artworks for judging here.

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

DSWF is delighted to announce that our Wildlife Artist of the Year competition and exhibition will be returning in 2022.

This prestigious art competition would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. Find out who they are here.