International art competition examines devastating human impact on wildlife

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation have announced their annual Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition.

One of the finalists in the competition. Polar bear - Leszek Piotrowski

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) received over 1300 submissions from artists across 56 countries to their Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

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Now in its twelfth year, the competition brings together talented artists and art-lovers to celebrate our planet’s diverse wildlife through exciting and dynamic wildlife art.

The judges have whittled down the entries to 156 stunning pieces of art work which will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London from Wednesday 29 May to Sunday 2 June.

One of the finalists. Moths - 'Following the Light' by Alex Ashton
One of the finalists in the competition. Moths – ‘Following the Light’ by Alex Ashton
One of the finalists in the competition. Seahorse on plastic bag (sculpture) - 'Under Anthropocene Seas' by John Noble-Milner
One of the finalists in the competition. Seahorse on plastic bag (sculpture) – ‘Under Anthropocene Seas’ by John Noble-Milner
One of the finalists in the competition. Bird on fence - 'Wilson's Warbler' by Paula Schramm
One of the finalists in the competition. Bird on fence – ‘Wilson’s Warbler’ by Paula Schramm

For 2019 the competition introduced the new Human Impact category which was exclusively open to entrants between the ages of 17 and 25.

“The category is so relevant to our current situation; young people are clearly thinking deeply about our impact on the environment,” says Amanda Couch, lecturer at the University of Creative Arts and category judge.

“The works that stood out for me were where the artists depict or embody our human relationship with nature not as something separate from us, but within which we are entangled.”

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The winner of the Human Impact category will be announced, along with the six other category winners and overall competition winner, at the Private View on Tuesday 28 May.