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Wildlife Artist of the Year Award 2011

BBC Wildlife Magazine is calling all artists to submit entries for the 2011 Wildlife Artist of the Year Award competition. The competition is open to all artists aged 18 or over, amateur or professional.

The overall winner will receive a holiday to Borneo. All of the category winners will be exhibited at the prestigious annual exhibition of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society in August 2011, in a special display alongside 200 other artists and sculptors.

All of the category winners will be published in the August 2011 issue of BBC Wildlife.

Objective

Artwork must feature wildlife – birds, mammals, waterlife, invertebrates and plants – in a natural or captive environment.

The artwork must be two-dimensional only. Diptychs, triptychs and box canvases are not admissible.

The following categories are available for the 2011 competition:

  • 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.

Prizes

The overall winner will receive a holiday to Borneo organised by Wildlife Worldwide and the Sabah Tourism Board. Discover the finest wildlife the region has to offer, from orangutans to proboscis monkeys, and explore its amazing diversity of habitats.

The wildlife viewing is second to-none, and combines well-laid-out trails and high canopies with comfortable accommodation to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. Plus, you’ll learn about key conservation projects and the area’s unique cultures and traditions.

All of the category winners will be exhibited at the prestigious annual exhibition of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society in August 2011, in a special display alongside 200 other artists and sculptors. The awards ceremony will take place on the opening night of the exhibition.

The overall winner will also be displayed at The Natural Eye, the 48th annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists at the Mall Galleries, London, 26 October – 6 November 2011.

All of the category winners will be published in the August 2011 issue of BBC Wildlife (on sale 7 July).

Rules

  • The competition is open to all artists aged 18 or over, amateur or professional, other than employees of BBC Worldwide, Bristol Magazines Ltd and Wildlife Worldwide, and their immediate families.
  • Maximum eight entries per person.
  • No artwork may be entered in more than one category.
  • 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.
  • Computer-generated artworks will not be accepted.

How to enter?

To enter, the artwork must be uploaded to the official website by the closing date of 28 February 2011.

  • 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.