Pictured with his work entitled 'Writhe' is competition winner Stephen Rew
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Wildlife Artist of The Year Showcase Winners announced last night (28 May) at the private view and exhibition opening at Mall Galleries in London.
Wildlife Artist of the Year showcases the beauty and drama of the natural world, supporting some of the finest and most exciting wildlife artists, and raising vital awareness and funds to protect endangered species. Now in its twelfth year, the internationally-renowned competition brings together talented artists and art-lovers from across the world to celebrate our planet’s diverse wildlife through exciting and dynamic wildlife art.
Competition Winner & Runner - Up
The overall winner of the competition, earning the £10,000 prize generously donated Neil and June Covey, was ‘Writhe’ by Stephen Rew, an incredible dynamic sculpture of an octopus, made from solid bronze, climbing around a wall.
The runner-up was the incredibly detailed ‘Reflections’, a scratchboard depiction of a lionfish by Tamara Pokorny.
Earth’s Wild Beauty: ‘New Forest Dawn’ by Cy Baker Urban Wildlife: ‘Black and White’ by Daniel Krysta Vanishing Fast: ‘Desert Haze’ by Laura Pearse Wings: ‘Johnny Crow and the Tremoloes’ by Michael Fitzgerald Into the Blue: ‘Tayinloan Velvet 514’ by Rich Simpson Animal Behaviour: ‘All Mine’ by Sarah Cosby Artist Magazine Award: ‘All Mine’ by Sarah Cosby Human Impact (aged 17-25): ‘Shark Fins’ by Sofiya Shukhova
Exhibition and On Sale The 152 finalist artworks will be exhibited and on sale at the Mall Galleries, London from Wednesday 29 May until 1pm Sunday 2 June.
50% of every sale will go directly to saving endangered species and fighting wildlife crime across Africa and Asia. The winner Stephen Rew, alongside David Shepherd’s Granddaughter Emily Lamb, artist Emily Tan and star of Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge Hazel Soan will be hosting a painting workshop at the exhibition on Wednesday 29th May Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dswf-sketch-for-wildlife-meet-the-artists-workshop-tickets-61780540259 There will also be artwork for sale (50% of sale to DSWF) by David Shepherd’s granddaughter Emily Lamb, skilled sketch artist Gary Hodges, Watercolour Challenge star Hazel Soan, graphic designers Under the Skin, watercolour artist Jos Haigh and graphic artist Louise McNaught.
The Judging Panel
The judging panel for this year’s competition comprised a variety of artists including:
Mandy and Melanie Shepherd are both David Shepherd’s daughters. Mel is a practicing artist and Mandy is the Chair of Trustees for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Gary Hodges is the best-selling pencil artist in the UK. He has received many awards during his career, has been a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists since 1990 and a judge for DSWF's Wildlife Artist of Year competition since its inception.
Nina Neve used to be the co-ordinator of the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition and has extensive knowledge about art.
Simon Trapnell was involved in establishing Nature in Art, the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to art inspired by nature which opened in 1988. Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Andrew Stock is a British artist from Buckinghamshire and has been painting wildlife and landscapes since 1978.
Wendy Feess was born and educated in Zimbabwe. She came to London to enter the world of interior design and whilst in Hong Kong assisted in the compilation of a catalogue of Japanese wood-block prints for the Metropolitan Museum.
Hazel Soan is one of Britain’s most admired watercolourists, well-known for her ‘Splash of Colour’ series with Anglia TV and her role as an art expert on Channel 4’s ‘Watercolour Challenge’.