I dropped my elephant off at the Mall Galleries today, in the company of some very impressive looking pieces arriving at the same time.
I’ve had a scan through the pre sales catalogue and attempted to pick my winners for each category.To be honest, the longer I looked the harder I found it to make up my mind, I don’t envy those poor judges. I’m just very honoured to be featured in such strong company!
So heres the seven categories with my best guess at the winners.
Animal Behaviour: Showing a real understanding of animal behaviour, a sense of character, maybe something the judges may not have seen before.
|Combat D’Oryx by Pascal Chesnau|
A previous winner of the DSWAY title, I love the movement in this one.
Urban Wildlife: Entries can be in an urban style or depict the city life of animals and plants. Judges will be looking for both originality in the habitat as well as the contrast between wild and urban life.
|Unnatural by Candice Bees|
Hidden World: A celebration of remote and rarely observed or lesser known landscapes and species.
Not many seem to qualify for this category, but I particularly like this fox by Lucy Paine
Wings, Feathered or Otherwise: The extraordinary variety of winged wildlife – birds and insects, in flight or at rest.
I love the bees by Patricia but I think these parrots by Stefano will be spectacular.
|Turquoise and gold by Stefano Zagaglia|
Into the Blue: Illustrate the wonderful world of water, be it ocean, seashore, wetland, river or stream.
Has to be one of nick O’Neils works (he has FIVE accepted this year, highest no. of entries I think!)
|Whip it by Nick O’Neil|
Vanishing Fast: Our vanishing world – it can be any species officially listed as endangered or threatened on the IUCN Red List – or any landscape that is at risk.
Wide category this, but I love this tiger, although it equally falls into the next category.
|Tiger 13 by Stephen Rew|
Earth’s Beautiful Creatures: The choice is yours! As in all categories the judges are looking for not only beautifully executed original artworks but also imaginative interpretation, moving away from the purely photographic to compositions with great characterization, showing imagination, originality and genuine creativity.
So anything then…
I’m going to choose the snow leopards, such a a great composition of a tricky subject.
|The ghost in the mountains by Cynthia House|
I’m going to go for either Nick O’Neils polar bear “Before it melts”
or Radha Kirby’s “Hippos in the late afternoon sun”….
Judging is on Monday so I’ll update on Tuesday morning.