Szabolcs Kokay SWLA
Szabolcs prefers to have personal experience for his subjects, and tries to work outdoors as much as possible, making field studies and taking reference photos. When potraying wildlife he is trying to have a vision of the animal within its natural habitat. That's why he travels in search of new inspirations (like Snow Leopards in Ladakh, Birds of Paradise in Papua New Guinea, Spoon-billed Sandpiper in China).
Born in 1976 in Hungary. After working in nature conservation he became full-time artist and illustrator in 2001. He's working for national parks, ZOOs, nature conservation societies, different publishers as a natural history illustrator. Also takes private commissions. Study trips took him to various places around the World, including Trinidad, China, India, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Morocco.
2000. British Birds ‘Bird Illustrator of the Year’ PJC Award
2001-02. British Birds ‘Bird Illustrator of the Year’ 3rd place
2002. Birdwatch Artist of the Year, identification category winner
2008. Birdwatch Artist of the Year 1st prize
2010. Don Eckelberry Scholarship Award from the Society of Animal Artists
2014. Langford Press Field Sketches Award
2015. Sociedad Gaditana de Historia Natural illustration competition 2nd prize
Birds of New Guinea, Princeton University Press
Woodpeckers of Europe, Bruce Coleman Publishers
The Black Woodpeckers, Lynx Edicions
Le Requin, Delachaux et Niestlé Publishers
Protected birds of Hungary poster series, Ministry for the Environment