Sketch for Survival Finalists  2023

We are delighted to announce the finalists in this year’s Sketch for Survival competition. Huge thanks to everyone who took part this year.

The longlist alone featured close to 100 threatened species with many different styles including pastel, pencil, oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, digital pencil, charcoal, scratchboard, papercut and pen.  All the longlisted pieces had merits and it took the selection panel a long time to agree on a final 100 wildlife and 15 wild spaces for the exhibition and auction.

Congratulations to all the finalists and runners-up. 

Which is your favourite artwork in this year’s Sketch for Survival collection? Vote for your favourite before 18 October.



Many congratulations to the 100 finalists in the Wildlife category. 

These artworks will be exhibited in Edinburgh and London this autumn and be sold via our online auction in aid of our Project Fund, concluding 12 November. You can vote for your favourite artwork in the Leisure Painters’ People’s Choice Award here (closes 18 October)>>>

The shortlist, which is eligible for this year’s Wildlife 100 Artist of the Year Award, decided by our selection panel, will be announced when our preview exhibition opens in Norwich on 12 October. Shortlisted pieces will be exhibited in Norwich,  Edinburgh and London.

This year’s collection includes many lesser-known species including a night monkey, zebra shark, spectacled flying fox, violet click beetle, thorny seahorse,  Capercaillie bird, red-eyed tree frog, Rameshwaram ornamental spider, and shoebill  – we can’t recall ever having a shoebill in the final…and then three wonderful ones come along at once. In addition you’ll find fan-favourites such as snow leopard, elephant, tiger, red panda and orangutan, to name a few.  All have the same thing in common – they are all threatened species – in most cases due to anthropogenic activity and loss of natural habitat.

Thank you for helping us to raise awarness through art.


Congratulations to the finalists in our Wild Spaces category.

These 15 artworks join the SFS Wildlife 100 in being exhibited in Edinburgh and London this autumn and sold via online auction. A shortlist will be announced 12 October – one will win The Wild Spaces Artist of the Year Award decided by our selection panel. All the finalists’ pieces will  be eligible for the Leisure Painter’s People’s Choice Award, selected by the public from all 115 finalists, via online voting here>>>

The artists have depicted rainforests, coral reefs, mangroves, woodlands, wetlands, glaciers and desert using mixed media, watercolour, pencil, ink, woodcut, acrylic and oil. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.



Our Highly Commended Collection comprises the runners-up from Stage Two selection (Wild Life & Wild Spaces).  These will be offered for sale in our pop-up stores at this autumn’s events/exhibitions in aid of our projects, and also online here>>>.  Congratulations and thank you to all the artists for their support. We know it’s hard being a runner-up,  and only just missing out,  but every piece plays a part in the campaign and supports the Project Fund so please do remember that.

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