I know lots of people working in coloured pencils and pastels are really interested in wildlife art so I thought I'd highlight a couple of competitions for wildlife art which have deadlines for entry in the New Year - plus an auction which will benefit the endangered snow leopard. These are:
- The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's Wildlife Artist of the Year,
- The first ever BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Award
- The Snow Leopard Trust's first online art auction
The Wildlife Artist of the Year, run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), is open to amateur and professional artists alike from anywhere in the world. Artists must be aged 17 by the closing date - 30th Jan 2009. Full details are available in the rules and conditions (pdf file) and the Frequently Asked Questions.
Entries must be completed by the artist within the last five years by the entrants themselves and must be their own original work. Artists using exact reference from another professional artist or photographer risk having their work marked down.The major change for 2009 is that pre-published work is now ineligible. That means it cannot have previously published as a print.
‘Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009’ Rules & Conditions of Entry
Work can be in any medium excluding photography, film and electronically created images. Film, photography and electronic images will be disqualified by the judges. I'm guessing, but this presumably includes any work which starts from a print of a digital image onto a support.
There are five categories for entries
- Endangered Wildlife - featuring any wild animal or plant that is threatened or endangered nationally or internationally
- Wild Places - any scene or landscape showing the natural environment at its most beautiful or dramatic
- Wildlife in Action - any wild animal jumping, fighting, flying or any other interesting behavior
- Wildlife in 3D - sculpture in any medium
- Open - anything to do with wildlife which doesn't include the above!
- Overall Winner £10,000 cash prize and title 'Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009'
- Overall Runner-Up £1,000 cash prize and a personal art workshop with David Shepherd
- Remaining Category Winners £500 each
The deadline for entries is 30th January 2009 - and you can enter as many pieces as you would like. You can use the online entry form to submit a jpeg file or download a postal entry form from the website. The jpeg file size must be no larger than 7MB and it must have an easily identifiable file name.
Finally, the short-listed selection from each category will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London in summer 2009. You can view the 2008 exhibition online.
BBC Wildlife Magazine
A competition to find the first ever BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Award has been announced.
Like the Wildlife Artist of the year, the competition is open to both professional and amateur artists - and there are no fees and charges to enter. Each category will have a winner chosen by our panel of expert judges (see the website for details). Details of the rules are available on the website - here's a short extract
4 The artwork must not have won any prize in any other competition anywhere in the world, or been previously published.There are 14 different categories for the entries
5 The artwork must have been created within the past year and be your own original work.
6 You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all artwork entered, OR if your work is copied from a photograph(s) that is/are not your own, you must have sole permission in writing from the copyright owner to use his/her work. Copies of published photographs or paintings are not eligible. Source material or proof of permission to use must be made available on request by the judges. BBC Wildlife does not accept any liability in the publication of unlawfully reproduced art.
7 All artwork must feature wild natural subjects: domestic, captive and feral animals will not be accepted, nor will cultivated plants. Wild mammals, birds, freshwater and marine life, invertebrates and wildflowers are acceptable subjects.
BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Award - extract from Rules
- British mammals (behaviour and portraits)
- British birds (behaviour and portraits)
- All other British wildlife (behaviour and portraits)
- The wonder of plants (British and worldwide)
- Beneath the water (marine and freshwater)
- Animals in their environment (British and worldwide)
- Dusk to dawn
- World mammals (behaviour and portraits)
- World birds (behaviour and portraits)
- All other world wildlife (behaviour and portraits)
- Black and white nature (pencil, lino cuts, etchings, wood block etc)
- Visions of nature (innovative, creative impressions of wildlife)
- Frozen planet (please note, entries must feature animal life)
- Endangered species (entries must feature species listed by the IUCN as ‘endangered’ or worse)
The selected artwork will be displayed in the annual exhibition of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society and published in BBC Wildlife in August 2009.
The overall winner will be awarded the title ‘BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009’ and will also win a place on the 2010 Festival of Wildlife in Brazil
Snow Leopard Trust
The image at the top of the page has been produced by Gayle Mason for The Snow Leopard Trust the world's leading authority on the study and protection of the endangered snow leopard.
The Trust is opening it's first ever online art auction live on December 3rd at 12:01 am PST. Work by SLT's artist partners- painters, photographers, sculptors have contributed work to the works for sale and the snow leopard is Gayle's contribution. The auction will end at midnight, PST on December 13th. Pre-viewing of the art is not available but Gayle will doubtless be reminding people on the 3rd!