- WAS Monday 20th January
- BUT is now midnight on Wednesday 5th February 2014
There are two new categories for 2014:
- Wildlife in Monochrome - particularly suitable for those who work in fine art prints, graphite or charcoal
- Silver Artist - for the Over 60s - which I think is a great idea!
The Private View will be held on 29th May 6-9pm. The Private View for this has an excellent attendance with lots of enthusiastic private collectors of wildlife art and lots of sales. If you're a collector and want an invite I suggest you get in touch with the Foundation.
|The David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year website page|
Call for Entries SummaryFull details are available on the Wildlife Artist of the Year - Terms & Conditions page on the DS website. They also have a Wildlife Artist of the Year - Frequently asked questions page
The Overall Winner wins £10,000 cash prize and title 'David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2014'. In addition:
- Overall Runner-Up £1,000 cash prize.
- Remaining Category Winners £500 each.
Deadlines for entries
The (extended) closing date is 5 February 2014. No entries will be considered after the closing date.
This is an international open competition. It regularly attracts entries from overseas. Entry is open to eligible submissions from:
- both amateur and professional artists. No distinction is made in the judging for the relative status of the artist.
- artists aged 17 years or over (ie 17 years of age by the closing date – 21st Jan 2014).
What you can submit
- work completed within the last five years by the entrant
- your own original work
The Artist must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all artwork entered, or if work is copied from a photograph or other image that is not the Artist’s own, The Artist must have permission in writing from the copyright owner to use his or her work. Source material and proof of permission to use must be made available on request by the judges.
- multiple entries - up to 5
- any medium except photography, film and digital
- unsold artwork only (ie the purpose of the exhibition is to raise funds for conservation and there is no space for artwork which cannot generate funds)
You CANNOT submit:
- Work completed before 21st January 2009 is ineligible
- Work which is not original to the artist
- photographs, video or digital images - they will all be disqualified
- work which has been sold - either before entry or before the exhibition. The whole purpose of the exhibition is to raise fund to help protect endangered wildlife
Categories for entriesAll entries must correspond to one of the seven categories:
- Endangered Wildlife - any wild animal or plant that is threatened or endangered nationally or internationally
- Wild Life - any wild animals including birds and plants in Britain or anywhere around the world including wild landscapes
- Wildlife in 3D - sculpture in any medium
- Wildlife in Action- any wild animal jumping, fighting, flying or any other interesting behaviour
What it costs to submit an entry
- £10 per entry: for DSWF members, Young & Wild and Silver category entrants
- £25 per entry for non-members of the DSWF. Click this link to become a Friend of the DWSF www.davidshepherd.org
Other important terms and conditions
- Sale price will be negotiated with the artist but the final decision will be made by DSWF. (see last year's blog post for why I think I think this is a very sensible provision) .
- Proceeds to the artist for works sold
- in the exhibition are split 50:50 with the artist during the exhibition and for one month afterwards
- not exhibition but promoted via the website are split 70% artist and 30% DSWF for as long as that promotion continues.(Note that the website shop is still promoting 2013 Wildlife Artist of the Year (139 items) and 2013 Wildlife Artist of the Year - Selected Not Hung (32 items)
- a non-exclusive license to reproduce the artwork for any purpose in connection with the competition including publicity, marketing, fundraising and exhibitions.
- the right to publish a limited edition print of the work by agreement with the artist up until the end of 2014. This does not apply to sculpture.
- digital entry is recommended
- online: recommended image size 2560 x 1920 pixels; file size no larger than 6MB plus a clearly identifiable file name + credit/debit card to pay fee
- by post: jpeg image on CD plus completed and signed entry form plus cheque
- No allowance will be made for poor digital images or bad quality photographs. Which I take to mean if they cannot see an excellent image of your work it's a waste of time submitting it no matter how good the work might be in reality.
- Delivery, collection, shipping costs and insurance is the responsibility of the artist.
Selected artistsThose chosen to exhibit their work will be selected by an independent panel of judges, to include artists and conservationists chosen by the competition organisers.
Previous blog posts about this competition and exhibition
- Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 - David Shepherd ... 06 Jun 2013 Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013: Review of the prizewinners and exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
- Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 - Call for Entries #1: David Shepherd ... 24 Oct 2012 Overview of call for entries for The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 Competition.
- Wildlife Artist of the Year - Karen Laurence-Rowe 28 May 2012
- Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012 - Call for Entries (x2) 16 Dec 2011
- Two opportunities to be Wildlife Artist of the Year ... 25 Jan 2011
- Art competition: Wildlife Artist of the Year 28 Jan 2010
- Adam Binder wins Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 25 May 2010
- Exhibition review: Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009 02 Jun 2009
Wildlife Art - Resources for Artists
For more about Wildlife Art - see my website Wildlife and Natural History Art - Resources for Artists. This is a compendium of links to information and resources for artists who portray natural history, nature and wildlife.