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Call for Entries: BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012

Now in its fourth year, the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition invites UK and international artists to show their best wildlife artworks and compete for unique prizes. BBC Wildlife Magazine will make sure that the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012 takes part in a 10-day painting safari in Botswana, worth £3,450!

Artworks are accepted in 13 different categories and may feature 2D works (not generated on a computer) of birds, mammals, waterlife, invertebrates and plants.

Aside from the main prize, the 10-day painting safari, there are lots of other rewards. Don’t miss this opportunity, if you’re a 2D visual artist!

Spectacular 2D Wildlife Artworks Wanted!

BBC Wildlife Magazine is inviting you to submit artworks that feature wildlife (birds, mammals, waterlife, invertebrates and plants) in the following competitive categories:

  • British Mammals (behaviour and portraits)
  • British Birds (behaviour and portraits)
  • All Other Wildlife (behaviour and portraits, in the UK and worldwide)
  • The Wonder of Plants (British and worldwide)
  • Beneath the Water (marine and fresh water)
  • Animals in their Environment (British and worldwide)
  • World Mammals (behaviour and portraits)
  • World Birds (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 ‘Critically Endangered’)
  • International Artists – a category judged digitally, exclusively for artists outside of the UK. This is to save our international entrants the great costs of sending artwork to the UK.
    IMPORTANT: International artists can enter up to eight images in this category only.

Win a 10-day Painting Safari in Botswana!

The first round of judging will take place in March, 2012. The best images in each category will be shortlisted for the final round of judging in May. Successful entrants will be notified by 30 April 2012.

The BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012 will win a place on a 10-day painting safari in Botswana (worth £3,450) courtesy of Elephant Trails Safari Company.

Pip McGarry, one of the UK’s top wildlife artists, will be on hand throughout the trip to share his wealth of experience, helping you to capture the ‘jizz’ of the wildlife and the splendour of the African landscapes in a variety of media.

This incredible trip will run in October 2012. The prize includes flights from the UK and accommodation is in comfortable camps – a truly unforgettable experience.

All of the category-winning pieces will be showcased at the prestigious annual exhibition of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society in August 2012, in a special display alongside the work of 200 other artists and sculptors. The awards ceremony will take place on the opening night of the exhibition.

The overall winning artwork will also be displayed at The Natural Eye, the 48th annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists at the Mall Galleries, London, in autumn 2012.

All of the category-winning pieces will be published in the August 2012 issue of BBC Wildlife (on sale 4 July). The winning, runner-up and commended artworks will also be published in an online gallery at

Enter the Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition If Your are 18+

  • The Wildlife Artist of the Year competition is open to all artists aged 18 or over, amateur or professional, other than employees of BBC Worldwide, Immediate Media Co and Elephant Trails Safari Co, and their immediate families.
  • You may submit a maximum eight entries.
  • No artwork may be entered in more than one category, aside from international artists.
  • The artwork must not have won a prize in any other competition anywhere in the world, or been published by a third party.
  • The artwork must have been created in the past year and be your original work.
  • Artwork must feature wildlife – birds, mammals, waterlife, invertebrates and plants – in a natural or captive environment.
  • Computer-generated artworks will not be accepted.
  • The artwork must be two-dimensional only. Diptychs, triptychs and box canvases are not admissible.

Submit Artworks Online on Discover Wildlife

To enter, the artwork must be uploaded to Discover Wildlife website by the closing date of 29 February 2012.

  • Artwork should be submitted as jpgs.
  • Each jpg should be a 300dpi, 1MB file with the category, your name and the subject in the title (in this order).
  • All entries must be accompanied by an online entry form.