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Deadline: February 29, 2012
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

Umencia Portrait Photo Contest

BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012

discoverwildlife Now in its fourth year, our wildlife art competition attracts many hundreds of entries in a spectacular array of different styles and media, from the UK and around the world – last year, we received artworks from as far away as India, China, Brazil and Australia. So choosing the winners is a pleasurable challenge for our panel of expert judges.

Last year a superb pastel study of a pair of Amur tigers bewitched the judges with its powerful composition and strong sense of movement and light. Amur Ambush won Stella Mays the prestigious title of BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011 and an unforgettable trip to Sabah, Borneo, in search of orangutans.

You could win an amazing painting safari in Botswana with Pip McGarry, and see your art take pride of place in a special display of all of the category-winning pieces at the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society exhibition in August. So go wild, and get arty!


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.
PLEASE NOTE: International artists can enter up to eight images in this category only.

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


Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: 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.
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 ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists aged 18 or over Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: 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. USAGE RIGHTS: 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.

The winners consent to the use of their artwork, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by BBC Worldwide, without further compensation.

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