Wildlife Artist of the Year 2024

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2024

DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year (WAY) is an internationally renowned wildlife art competition and exhibition. Each year it attracts entries from some of the most talented artists around the globe, who come together to celebrate the beauty of the natural world.

Since its inception in 2008, DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year has raised just under £2 million to benefit our conservation work across Africa and Asia.

The exhibition showcases a breathtaking selection of shortlisted artworks commended by our expert judging panel and portraying a variety of techniques and mediums; from recycled plastic sculptures and intricate pencil drawings to vast colourful oil paintings, and everything in between.

Entries must correspond to one of the eight categories:

• Abstract World
• Animal Behaviour 
• Earth’s Wild Beauty
• Environmental Artivism
• Facing Extinction
• Into the Blue 
• Wings
• Youth Exclusive (for artists aged 15 – 19 years):

Mediums can include, but are not restricted to, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, mixed media, bronze, plaster, wire, collage and textiles, with styles encompassing traditional, abstract, monochrome and many others – the choice is yours. 

We also accept ‘original prints’ which are defined as a print either in black and white or in colour, drawn from one or several plates, conceived and executed entirely by hand by the same artist, regardless of the technique employed, with the exclusion of any and all mechanical, digital or photomechanical processes. Every stage must have been completed by hand by the artist. Examples are woodcuts, etchings and linocuts.  

Unfortunately, photography or digital artworks are not accepted in this competition. 

Entry fees 
The entry fee is £25 per an artwork for the first two entries, thereafter it is £15 per entry. 
Entries to the Youth Exclusive (15 – 19 years) is £15 per entry. 

Prizes
• First prize: £5,000 personal cash prize and a £5,000 voucher to donate, in the winner’s name, to a DSWF supported conservation initiative or species of the winner’s choice.  
• Second prize: £1,000 personal cash prize and a £1,000 voucher to donate, in the winner’s name, to a DSWF supported conservation initiative or species of the winner’s choice.  
• Category winners: £500 cash prize per category 
• The Elizabeth Hosking Watercolour prize: £500 cash prize
• The Michelle Lee Howk First Time Entrants prize: £500 cash prize
• Youth Exclusive category winner:  £500 cash prize

Deadline: 11 March 2024

Website link: https://davidshepherd.org/wildlife-art/competitions/wildlife-artist-of-the-year/way-2024/#enterway

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