Enter Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022

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

DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022 is in association with our media partner BBC Wildlife. Recently launched with a new look, BBC Wildlife is packed full of award-winning photography from around the world, insightful features on a broad range of animals and the latest news in scientific discoveries. You have the option to sign up to the BBC Wildlife newsletter in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022 entry form.

Entries to the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022 competition are open to international artists aged 17 years and above, other than entries for the Human Impact category which are open to artists aged 16 to 22 years. Entries are open from midday (UK time) on the 6th January 2022 until 11.59pm (UK time) on the 31st March 2022.

Open to aspiring amateur and professional artists, categories include Animal Behaviour, Earth’s Wild Beauty, Facing Extinction, Human Impact (for ages 16-22), Into The Blue, Urban Wildlife and Wings. DSWF has also introduced a new emerging artist award for 2022 which celebrates first time entrants.

Whether you are a new entrant or a long-term participant, 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). Each of the category winners, and the winner of the newcomer award, will receive £500.

All artists shortlisted by our expert judging panel are invited to showcase their artworks as part of our annual exhibition (virtually this year) in September 2022. Half (50%) of the proceeds from the sales of artworks help us to fund our vital conservation work. Since its inception in 2008, DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year has generated more than £1.2 million in sales to help support our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.

Please carefully read the Terms and Conditions before entering the competition as they include important information about eligibility and the entry, judging and exhibition processes. Please use our Wildlife Artist of the Year 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 way@davidshepherd.org.

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 Human Impact 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 after your second submission. If you wish to enter more than ten artworks please enter your first ten via the online form and contact us at way@davidshepherd.org 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 way@davidshepherd.org or 01483 272323 and we will send you a form.

Please help us by entering as early as you can in advance of the closing date as the last 2 weeks of the competition (from 15th to 31st March 2022) will be exceptionally busy.

We are delighted you are participating in Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022 and are looking forward to receiving your entries. We highly recommend completing your entry using Google Chrome on a desktop or laptop – some artists have had issues in past years when using Safari and other browsers.

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