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BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012: The winners
About the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year award 2012
Now in its fourth year, our art competition has welcomed more brilliant work from talented artists spreading their wings to create spectacular images of the world's wildlife.
This year's final judging was the toughest yet - the competition received a record-breaking 1,120 images this year, showcasing a jaw-dropping range of subjects, media and styles.
The first-round judges had already had a hugely difficult task whittling the entrants down, putting only 127 artworks through to the finals. But these were the most technically excellent, imaginative, deftly painted artworks you could imagine.
We are very proud to showcase all of the winners, runners-up and commended artworks here.
- Heather Irvine wins the title 'BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012' and a 10-day painting safari in Botswana with Pip McGarry courtesy of Elephant Trails Safari Company.
- The Last Winter will be displayed at the Society of Wildlife Artists' exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, on 1-11 November 2012.
- All category winners will be showcased at the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society exhibition taking place at Rookesbury Park Manor, Wickham on 14-16 September 2012.
Watch for details of next year’s competition in the November 2012 issue of BBC Wildlife and on our competitions webpage.