The Society of Wildlife Artists invites submissions for The Ian Langford Field Sketches Award 2018

If you are inspired by the natural world and work from life in the field, please consider applying - there is no cost to enter and any artist may submit. 

The award provides £500 and the display of the winner’s sketches at the Society’s 55th Annual Exhibition, ’The Natural Eye’, which runs from 25 October to 4 November 2018 at Mall Galleries in central London. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 14 September 2018, 12 noon. 


How to Submit

- All work must be submitted via email by Friday 14 September 2018, 12 noon

- Artists should email up to six images (low resolution, 1 MB maximum size) of recent field sketches (completed within the last two years) to fieldsketchingaward@gmail.com

- The name, location, and date of each image must be provided

- The successful artist will be notified within two weeks of the deadline and asked to send their submitted sketches to Mall Galleries for display at the Society’s 55th Annual Exhibition, 'The Natural Eye’, which runs from 25 October to 4 November 2018.


Additional information

Please note: the subject has to be of wildlife but this may encompass back garden nature just as much as exotic expedition work. The judges are looking for a body of work that captures the essence of the subject which has been drawn from life. They are not looking for studio work.

The award is named in memory of the ornithologist, conservationist and publisher Ian Langford (1956-2017). Ian was passionate in his support of wildlife art and of the SWLA and particularly keen to encourage those artists working directly from nature.

Previous winners of the award (formerly The Langford Press Field Sketches Award) include artists Richard Allen (2017), Paschalis Dougalis (2016), Richard Johnson (2015), Szabolcs Kokay (2014), Federico Gemma (2013), and Tim Wootton (2012).