The SWLA is proud to offer a new prize aimed at celebrating working from life. The Langford Press Field Sketches Award will be given to any artist, any age, who shows a fundamental understanding of the subject through their work in the field. The subject has to be of wildlife but this could encompass back garden nature just as much as exotic expedition work. The judges are looking for a body of work that captures the essence of the subject which has been drawn from life. We are not looking for studio work.

Open to any one who is inspired by the natural world, the work will be judged by Ian Langford and two senior members of the SWLA. The winner will be announced at the private view of The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists. The winner will receive £250 and the choice of 10 titles from the stunning range of publications from Langford Press. A selection of the sketches from the winner will be displayed at the exhibition.

Applications close on October 10th. For an application form go to