Enter Wildlife Artist of the Year 2023

Thank you from David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) for your interest in entering our annual wildlife art competition, DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2023. This internationally renowned competition encourages artists to use the natural world as a source of inspiration for a piece of art, and to raise vital awareness for some of the most pressing environmental issues our planet faces.

Entries to the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2023 competition are open to UK and international artists aged 15 years and above on the closing date. Artists aged between 15 – 19 years at the closing date are entered into the Youth Exclusive category. Entries will open from 12pm GMT on the 5th January 2023 and run until 11.59pm on the 29th March 2023.

Whether you are a long-term participant, an established artist or an avid amateur, DSWF encourages you to create a work to celebrate nature. Prizes include £10,000 for the overall winner (including a £5,000 conservation donation to a DSWF project of the winner’s choice), £2,000 for the runner-up (including a £1,000 conservation donation to a DSWF project of the winner’s choice) and category prizes of £500 each.

All artists shortlisted by our expert judging panel are invited to exhibit and sell their artworks as part of our annual exhibition which will be returning to the Mall Galleries, London, running from Monday 11th September to Sunday 16th September 2023. 50% of the proceeds from the sales of artworks help us to fund our vital conservation work. DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year has so far generated more than £1.7 million in sales to help support our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.

Please carefully read the competition Terms and Conditions before entering the competition as they include important information about eligibility and the entry, judging and exhibition processes. Please visit our 2023 FAQs page for guidance. If you have any further questions about your entry which is not covered by the FAQs, please email the DSWF team at [email protected].

DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022
Overall Winner
‘Costa Rican Cloud Forest’ by Cy Baker

Entry Fees

The entry fee is £25 per an artwork for the first two entries, thereafter it is £15 per entry. (There is no limit on the number of entries but the online form will take a maximum of ten entries in one submission). 

Entries to the Youth Exclusive (15 – 19 years) category cost £15 per entry.

Important note. Please submit all the artworks you are entering at the same time if you wish to qualify for the reduced entry fee. If you wish to enter more than ten artworks please enter your first ten via the online form and contact us at [email protected] and we will help you with any additional entries.

How to enter

Please enter by completing the online entry form below.

If you are unable to enter online we do accept postal entries. Please download the POSTAL ENTRY FORM here or contact us on [email protected] or 01483 272323 and we will send you a form.

We are delighted you are participating in DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2023 and are looking forward to receiving your fabulous entries.

Thank you.

Enter DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2023

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2023 Submission

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Artwork Details

Elizabeth Hosking Watercolour Prize
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Terms and Conditions

To complete the form, please confirm you have read the competition terms and conditions by ticking the box below.

Please note that if selected for the finalists exhibition in September 2023, you will be required to ship your artwork to and from (unless sold) the UK at your own expense, as per the Terms and Conditions above.

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