Georgina Gibbons - artist

Georgina Gibbons and her winning painting

Georgina Gibbons from Southampton has been named as the overall winner in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Artist of the Year 2013 competition, beating more than 1,400 other entries in an array of subjects, media and styles to take the top prize.

Georgina won in the ‘Beneath the Water’ category with her pastel image of two lionfish entitled ‘Dangerous Waters’. Commenting on Georgina’s winning entry the judging panel said:

“This outstanding piece of work fulfills all the requirements to be the overall winner of this competition. A beautiful and sympathetic study of these amazing creatures, it presents the perfect balance of technical skill and atmosphere. Many congratulations – its triumph is well deserved.”

Georgina wins the title ‘BBC Wildlife Magazine Artist of the Year 2013’ and a 10-day painting safari in Botswana with Pip McGarry courtesy of Elephant Trails Safari Company (elephanttrails.com). Her image has been published in the September 2013 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine (on sale now), and will be displayed at the Society of Wildlife Artists’ (swla.co.uk) exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, on 31 October to 10 November 2013. It was also on display at the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (miwas.co.uk) exhibition at Rookesbury Park Manor, Wickham, from 30 August to 1 September 2013.

Georgina said: “Lionfish are mysterious, sinister and beautiful all at the same time, their fins like pleated chiffon. When I first saw them at my local aquarium, I was captivated and returned often to gaze at them. I then forgot about their beauty until last summer when a chance encounter reminded me, and I knew I had to paint them.”