Thursday, 16 June 2011

DSWF update

I received this email recently  which shows how successful this event is and reminds us what wonderful work the foundation is carrying out as well as how much support is needed. Why not enter next years show. Even if you don't get in you can feel good knowing that your entry fees are going to help such a worthy cause.

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 

I am writing from us all at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to thank you for your participation in this year’s Wildlife Artist of the Year competition and exhibition.  This year’s event was outstanding as agreed by artists, judges, buyers and visitors alike.  It is fast becoming one of the prestigious wildlife art events in London!   We closed the exhibition last weekend and whilst we are still reconciling everything, we know that the initial results suggest it produced similar results to last year, with over £96,000 of original art sold during the week,  – a credit to you all!

We are delighted and very proud of such a good result for wildlife, despite such difficult times, but are extremely aware that none of it would have been possible without the tremendous support of so many wildlife artists like you.  So again, a heartfelt thanks from us all.

For the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation this is becoming a significant fundraising event and enabling us to grant further funds to keep our projects alive and operational.   With tiger numbers now below 3,500 in the wild worldwide, over 30,000 elephants being killed for their ivory each year in Africa alone, and rhino poaching in South Africa increasing by over 173% last year, wildlife needs all the help it can get!

Any feedback that you may have concerning the competition, from availability of information to the entry system and the exhibition would be greatly appreciated.

I do hope that we can look forward to you joining us again next year – 2012 is now open for entries and has two new categories to tempt you!  Please help us to spread the word about the competition, our new TigerTime campaign ( and our wildlife projects – we really do need your continued support. 

With warmest wishes and sincerest thanks again from us all

Yours sincerely
Melanie Shepherd

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