The Mall Galleries hosts a particularly fine exhibition this

year, celebrating wildlife art from around the world. The overall winner has

been short-listed twice before but this year David Filer’s entry ‘Forever and

Ever Amen’ (pictured right) carried all before it. David Shepherd CBE described the piece as having “such depth and life that the judges had little difficulty in selecting

it as the overall winner”. Filer recieved a cheque for £10,000 from David Shepherd and zoologist Mark Cawardine.

The exhibition continues until 4pm Saturday 11th

June and the pieces are selling fast as people take advantage of a great

opportunity to buy emerging and established artists work but it is also well

worth a visit as a viewing exhibition.

As well as the finest competition entries there is the chance to

see three generations of the Shepherd families work, David Shepherd, Mandy

Shepherd and Emily Lamb are exhibiting alongside other guest artists including

Robert Glen and Sally Gresham. It is a perfect way to celebrate Shepherd’s 80th birthday and, importantly, raise money for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. A percentage of all sales will be donated to the foundation and help to prevent more species being lost.

Entries for the 2012 Wildlife Artist of the Year competition open on 11th, go to www.davidshepherd.org