This post is about the award winners and the selected artists and artwork.
The artwork was submitted by both established and exciting new artists and was sold to help both with raising awareness and funds for critically endangered mammals supported by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF ).
Wildlife Artist of the Year Award Winners
|Overall Winner & Winner of 'Endangered Wildlife' category|
Rothschild Mirage by Karen Laurence-Rowe
Oil on Canvas 198cm x 117cm (78" x 46.1")
|Karen Lawrence-Rowe accepted the £10 ,000 top prize from|
wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE and conservationist Mark Carwardine.
- Endangered Category Winner : Rothschild Mirage by Karen Laurence-Rowe (Kenya)
- Wildlife Category Winner: Elephants by Radka Kirby (Czech Republic)
- Wild Places Category Winner: Langdale by Sevina Yates (Kent)
- Young & Wild Category Winner: Egret by Madeleine Mackay ( Caithness )
- 3D Category Winner: Octopus by Bill Prickett (Kent)
- Wildlife in Action Category Winner: Spoilt for Choice by Stella Mays ( Hebden Bridge)
- Go Wild Category Winner: Huddle of Pups by Nick Mackman ( Okehampton )
- David Shepherd's Choice: Alive in the Light by Mark Scotson
- Artists selected for 2012 Wildlife Artist of the Year (152 items) You can also see which work sold during the course of the exhibition and what prices are being asked for different pieces.
- 2012 Wildlife Artist of the Year - Artwork Selected Not Hung (58 items)
What struck me about the work which was selected and hung was that an awful lot of the images were wholly original - I'd never seen them before even if I'd seen images of that animal before. To my mind that's got to be the focus of anybody entering artwork in this competition - the composition needs to be original and the execution must also say something about the signature style of the artist. In other words the artwork is unique - and not like something we've already seen in other shows or in photographic images in journals.
Links: This is my website about wildlife art - Wildlife Art - Resources for Artists. It contains links to previous Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibitions and highlights award-winning artists