BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013: 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.



Please remember, this is an art competition, not a photography competition.

  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.
  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. Artwork entered in the Endangered Species category must feature species listed at an international or national level as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, or near threatened in the 2012 IUCN Red List. Visit
  9. Computer-generated artworks will not be accepted.
  10. The artwork must be two-dimensional only. Diptychs, triptychs and box canvases are not admissible.
  11. 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.
  12. Artists living outside the UK are only allowed to enter one of the two International Artists categories - Mammals or Birds. These two categories are judged digitally and this is to ensure that judging is fair. Any artworks entered in the wrong category will be moved by the judges. Please also provide the size of each artwork under 'Medium'.
  13. To enter, the artwork must be uploaded to our website by the closing date of 28 February 2013. Artwork should be submitted as jpgs. Each jpg should be a 300dpi, 1MB file with the category and your name in the title. All entries must be accompanied by an online entry form.
  14. No allowances will be made for poorly scanned entries. Immediate Media takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries. Scans of artwork will not be returned.
  15. Email addresses may be used by Immediate Media for marketing, unless you opt out.
  16. Copyright The entry of any artwork to the competition constitutes a grant to Immediate Media of the non-exclusive right to reproduce it for any purpose in connection with the competition at any time in any media.
  17. The winners consent to the use of their artwork, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by Immediate Media, without further compensation. 
  18. The judging The artwork will be judged by an independent panel appointed by BBC Wildlife. We reserve the right to change the advertised judges.
  19. The judges’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into. 
  20. BBC Wildlife reserves the right to withhold prizes if, in the opinion of the judges, the quality of entries falls below the standard required.
  21. The first round of judging will take place in March. Please note, only entrants whose artwork has been selected for the second round of judging will be contacted, by 30 April 2013. If you have not heard anything by then, you should assume that, on this occasion, your artwork was not successful. The second - and final - round of judging will take place in May. 
  22. Artwork must be framed and delivered to the final judging. The category winners and overall winner will be selected from this shortlist. 
  23. Category winners may be stored by the organisers until exhibited; unsuccessful entrants will need to remove their art.
  24. The prizes The category winners will be published in the September 2013 issue of BBC Wildlife and displayed at the MIWAS exhibition in Autumn 2013. The runners-up and commended artworks will also be published on our website. 
  25. The overall BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 wins a place for one person on a 10-day painting safari with Pip McGarry in Botswana in October 2013, including flights from London Heathrow, transfers, accommodation and wildlife viewing. Extras such as visas and optional activities to be paid by the prizewinner.
  26. There are no holiday or cash alternatives. The prize cannot be transferred. 
  27. 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.
  28. The overall winning picture will be displayed at the Society of Wildlife Artists’ annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, in Autumn 2013. The winning artist will need to arrange both delivery and, if unsold, collection after the event.
  29. Artists are advised to insure their own work throughout the competition as no responsibility for loss or damage to their work can be taken by BBC Wildlife Magazine or MIWAS. 


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