BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012: The rules

Please read these terms and conditions before entering our art competition. By entering you will be considered to have agreed to abide by them.



  1. Entries The 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.
  2. Maximum eight entries per person.
  3. No artwork may be entered in more than one category, aside from international artists.
  4. The artwork must not have won a prize in any other competition anywhere in the world, or been published by a third party.
  5. The artwork must have been created in the past year and be your original work.
  6. You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all artwork entered, OR if your work is copied from a photograph(s) that is/are not your own, you must have sole permission in writing from the copyright owner to use his/her work. Copies of published photographs or paintings are not eligible. Source material or proof of permission to use must be made available on request by the judges. BBC Wildlife does not accept any liability in the publication of unlawfully reproduced art.
  7. Artwork must feature wildlife – birds, mammals, waterlife, invertebrates and plants – in a natural or captive environment. 
  8. Computer-generated artworks will not be accepted.
  9. The artwork must be two-dimensional only. Diptychs, triptychs and box canvases are not admissible.
  10. For exhibiting at MIWAS, the outer edges of framed artwork must not exceed 44 inches in any direction; actual artwork should not exceed 40 inches in any direction.
  11. Artists living outside the UK must enter the International Artists category and no other so that all judging is fair. Any artworks entered in the wrong category will be moved by the judges.
  12. To enter, the artwork must be uploaded to our 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.
  13. No allowances will be made for poorly scanned entries. BBC Worldwide takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries. Scans of artwork will not be returned.
  14. Email addresses may be used by BBC Worldwide for marketing, unless you opt out.
  15. Copyright The entry of any artwork to the competition constitutes a grant to BBC Worldwide of the non-exclusive right to reproduce it for any purpose in connection with the competition at any time in any media.
  16. The winners consent to the use of their artwork, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by BBC Worldwide, without further compensation. 
  17. The judging The artwork will be judged by an independent panel appointed by BBC Wildlife. We reserve the right to change the advertised judges.
  18. The judges’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into. 
  19. BBC Wildlife reserves the right to withhold prizes if, in the opinion of the judges, the quality of entries falls below the standard required.
  20. The first round of judging will take place in March. 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.
  21. Artwork must be framed and delivered to the final judging. The category winners and overall winner will be selected from this shortlist. 
  22. Category winners may be stored by the organisers until exhibited; unsuccessful entrants will need to remove their art.
  23. The prizes The category winners will be published in the August 2012 issue of BBC Wildlife and displayed at the MIWAS exhibition in August 2012. The runners-up and commended artworks will also be published on our website. 
  24. The overall BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012 wins a place for one person on a 10-day painting safari with Pip McGarry in Botswana in October 2012, including flights from London Heathrow, transfers, accommodation and wildlife viewing. Extras such as visas and optional activities to be paid by the prizewinner.
  25. There are no holiday or cash alternatives. The prize cannot be transferred. 
  26. Elephant Trails Safari Co reserves the right to substitute another holiday of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability, for whatever reason, of the advertised trip within one calendar year of the winner being chosen.
  27. The overall winning picture will be displayed at the Society of Wildlife Artists’ annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, in autumn 2012. The winning artist will need to arrange both delivery and, if unsold, collection after the event.


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