Animal Friends Insurance teams up with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to nurture young artistic talent

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The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is delighted to announce that Animal Friends Insurance will be sponsoring the ‘Young & Wild’ category in the charity’s annual Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition.

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Chris and Elaine Fairfax with David Shepherd

Showcasing artwork to the world and supporting animal welfare

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is delighted to announce that Animal Friends Insurance will be sponsoring the ‘Young & Wild’ category in the charity’s annual Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition.

The Young & Wild category was the idea of David Shepherd’s artist granddaughter and competition judge, Emily Lamb; in 2012 it attracted a strong field of entries from talented young artists. It is hoped that the additional incentives that Animal Friends’ support brings to the competition will help engage an even wider and equally strong field of promising young talent.

“Animal Friends Insurance is offering two £500 prizes in the Young & Wild category plus an additional £5,000 to each winner to donate to the DSWF conservation project of their choice. This additional incentive further strengthens the reward and recognition that the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition offers young artists,” explains charity founder and wildlife artist, David Shepherd CBE.

The category winners will also be in contention for the competition’s top prize of £10,000 and the coveted overall title ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’.

Chris Newnham, Marketing Manager at Animal Friends Insurance, said: "We’re really excited to be involved with the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition, it truly is a great way for young artists to showcase their artwork to the world and support the wonderful animal welfare projects that the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation supports in Africa and Asia."

The winner of the category in 2012 was Scottish art graduate Madeline Mackay. Thrilled to be short-listed for the competition and to have her work displayed at the Mall Galleries in London, Madeline was delighted not only to win the category but also to sell both of her selected pieces on the opening night. “The whole experience was completely fantastic and I will definitely be entering again,” she said.

Entries are now welcome for the 2013 competition. For full details please see http://www.davidshepherd.org

About Wildlife Artist of the Year
Since its launch in 2008 the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year has helped to raise over £180,000 for conservation projects in Africa and Asia to help save endangered wildlife. In 2013 the short-listed entries will once again be on display and for sale at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries 3-8 June.

About DSWF
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation was founded in 1984 by wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE to help save the wildlife that had brought him renown as an artist. It now supports vital projects throughout Africa and Asia working to save elephants, rhino, tigers, painted dogs and snow leopards from extinction. Find out more about the projects at http://www.davidshepherd.org

About Animal Friends
Animal Friends Insurance is a leading UK specialist pet insurance provider giving cover for dogs, cats and horses. Founded in 1999 Animal Friends has seen exceptional growth in recent years Pet Insurer. Datamonitor in 2011 placed Animal Friends as one of the UK’s top 10 pet insurers. Since launching, Animal Friends has stayed true to their aims by providing pet insurance to raise awareness and much needed funds to support animal welfare all over the world. Animal Friends is the trading name of Animal Friends Insurance Services Limited, company number 3630812, registered office Animal Friends House, Sunrise Way, Solstice Park, Wiltshire, SP4 7QA. Animal Friends is regulated by the Financial Services Authority, FSA Registration Number: 307858 http://www.animalfriends.org.uk/
For more details please contact:
Vicky Flynn at DSWF on 01483 272323 – 07980 135909
Johanna Paget at Animal Friends - 01980 666039

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