Essex artists up for prestigious prize

PUBLISHED: 11:05 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 15 July 2016

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Three artists have been shortlisted for the prestigious David Shepher Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year prize

Three artists from Essex have been short-listed for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition at London’s famed Mall Galleries June 28-July 2.

Matthew Howgrave-Graham (Buckhurst Hill), Marie Antoniou (Westcliffe-on-Sea) and Dominic O’Callaghan (Westcliffe-on-Sea) will all vie for £10,000 top prize this summer.

One hundred and thirty six pieces have been shortlisted for the £10,000 sponsored top prize with the judges making their final selection on Monday, June 27 ahead of the private view and prize-giving that evening.

Commenting on the event, wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE said: ‘I set up my Foundation with the sole purpose of giving something back to the animals that helped me achieve success as an artist. ‘At a time when the world’s wildlife is under such devastating pressure from expanding human populations and the illegal trade it seems fitting that we take a step back and reflect on the sheer beauty and diversity of our natural world and what could be lost if we do not truly appreciate the value of the world around us.’

Everything on show is for sale with profits supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s wildlife conservation projects across Africa and Asia. Since 2007, the event has raised over £320,000 to help protect some the world’s most endangered wildlife.

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