David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation - Wildlife Artist of the Year
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, Wildlife Artist of the Year has raised just under £2 million to benefit our conservation work across Africa and Asia.
The exhibition showcases a breath-taking 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.
With entry income and 50% of the proceeds from all artwork sales supporting DSWF and our partners in the field, Wildlife Artist of the Year highlights how we can use art to create something powerful and ignite the conversation about conservation.
The competition and exhibition has become one of the most noteworthy events in the art calendar, often being referred to as the ‘Oscars of international wildlife art.’ Playing an integral role in helping to maintain the ‘Art of Survival’ legacy of our founder, David Shepherd CBE, Wildlife Artist of the Year utilises the power of art to celebrate wildlife, support awareness, and raise funds for endangered species across Africa and Asia.
Following its record-breaking levels of footfall and visitors in 2023, the weeklong exhibition of finalists will return to the Mall Galleries, London, from Monday 1 July (private preview night) to Saturday 6 July 2024, proving a worthy culmination and celebration of wildlife art and its role in conservation.