The selection committee of the SWLA seeks to encourage all forms of three and two dimensional artwork in any medium* (see below) that is based on or representing the world’s wildlife. The committee is particularly keen to encourage all artists with fresh visions to submit work to the annual exhibition that shows imagination, artistic ability, originality and genuine creativity. The committee are seeking work that evokes the spirit of the natural world and which reveals a personal experience or true understanding of the subject.  If you have not already done so, visiting the annual show will give you a clearer idea of the criteria the selection committee is seeking.


Artists may submit work for selection by registering online and uploading digital images of their work at   (see deadlines for registration below)

NB. For details on REGIONAL COLLECTION/DELIVERY POINTS please see the  Mall galleries page – Artists outside of London.


Digital submission opens: Tuesday 3rd May, 12 noon

Digital submission closes: Friday 5th August, 12 noon

Digital submission notification: Friday 12th August 12 noon on If pre-selected, please deliver your work(s) to the Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on the receiving days listed below.


Receiving Day: Saturday 10 September 2016, 10am – 5pm

Selection: Monday 12 September 2016

Notification of acceptance posted on  Tuesday 13 September (12 noon)


Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 15th September, 10am – 5pm


Collection of unsold work: Thursday 10th November, 10am – 5pm


SWLA Buffet: Tuesday 25th October, 12 – 1:30pm

Private View: Tuesday 25th October, 2 – 6pm

Open to the public: Wednesday 26th October, 10am – 5pm

Closes: Sunday 6th November, 1pm


  • Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award (£1000 plus Swarovski optics)
  • The RSPB Award
  • Birdscapes Gallery Conservation Award
  • The Langford Press Printmakers Award
  • The Langford Press Field Sketchbook Award
  • The Langford Press 3-D Award
  • The Roger Clarke Award
  • The PJC Drawing Award
  • Dry Red Press Printmaker’s Award


Maximum of six works submitted. Maximum of six works selected.

Acceptable media: Work may be in any medium including sculpture and original prints (please detail edition and how many are available). The SWLA is keen to embrace new and innovative mediums and will accept computer-generated images as ‘original prints’. However, a digital print is only considered an original print if it was created by the artist to be realised specifically as a print. Reproductions of paintings or photographs will not be accepted.

Work exhibited previously in London is not admissible. Work must have been completed within the last 3 years. Work will not be accepted if it is of botanical subjects, pets and domestic animals, decorative wares (such as vessels or tiles), work in metal frames, poorly framed or badly presented. Photographic reproductions or mechanical prints, giclée prints, etc., that are often promoted as ‘limited edition prints’ are not acceptable.

The selection committee’s decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

With larger and/or heavier sculptures, paintings and works exceeding 2.4m (8ft) it may not be possible to receive the work itself, please contact the Exhibitions Officer for advice and permission to submit images instead. All works must be for sale. Minimum price: £200 (except for original prints: framed £120, unframed  £95).