Zimbabwean Wins World Wildlife Artist of the Year for 2011 Award

Zimbabweans continue to fly the flag high all over the world. The latest is David Filer, the winner of the David Shepherd World Wildlife Artist of the Year for 2011.

He beat a field of close 12,000 entrants with his piece, “Forever and Ever Amen”, an elephant cuddling its calf. The piece also won the Endangered Category.

Commenting on the winning work fellow judge and water colourist, Hazel Soan summed up the judges views by saying:

The strength and tenderness of the elephants is perfectly epitomized in the press of the graphite. An image of extraordinary edge, a drawing without line, totally superb.

Fidler,25, won the award at the third time of asking and he plans to repeat the feat in 2012. He was presented with a a £10,000 cheque by David Shepherd, founder and president of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation(DSWF) and zoologist and DSWF honorary vice president, Mark Cardwardine.

You can view some of his work including the winning piece from his website by clicking here.

We salute you, David Filer.