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Wildlife arts prize awarded to elephant sculpture

Pascal Chesneau's Transparence Elephant Image copyright Mall Galleries
Image caption Pascal Chesneau's Transparence Elephant is made from recycled materials and also won the Wildlife in 3D category

French sculptor Pascal Chesneau has won the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 2014 Wildlife Artist of the Year award for Transparence Elephant.

Chesneau accepted the £10,000 top prize from Shepherd at an event in London on Monday night.

The artist's winning work illustrates his trademark style of using recycled metals for his pieces.

"Who couldn't love it? It stopped me in my tracks and I keep going back to see more," said head judge Mark Carwardine.

The runner-up was Singapore-based Choon Chew's Aiming, for which the artist won £1,000. The drawing was also the winner of the wildlife in action category.

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Image caption Runner-up Choon Chew's Aiming also won the wildlife in action category
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Image caption Rook by Suzie Dafforn won the wildlife in monochrome category for works showing any wild animal or landscape drawn in tones of any one colour

The annual Wildlife Artist of the Year competition has become a major event in the art world calendar, attracting participants from around the world.

Overall, there are eight competition categories besides the top award. Category winners each receive £500.

This year, 150 works were shortlisted from more than 1,000 entrants and they will be exhibited at London's Mall Galleries from 2-7 June.

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Image caption Rhino by Rohan Chhabra won the endangered wildlife category for works featuring any wild animal or plant that is threatened or endangered nationally or internationally
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Image caption Sword of the Desert by Stefano Zagaglia won the wild life category which takes in any depiction of wild animals including birds and plants as well as wild landscapes

"The extraordinary talent and creativity of all the artists involved never ceases to amaze me," said Shepherd - who set up the competition in 2007 to raise funds and awareness for endangered animals.

"And what is so utterly brilliant is that all these talented artists share my passion - to give something back to the animals that inspire our work."

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Image caption Shirokuma by Liara K Crane won the young and wild category for 17-25 year-olds
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Image caption Vulture Club by Martin Buffery won the special category David Shepherd choice, selected by the foundation's head

Since it began, Wildlife Artist of the Year has raised more than £100,000 for conservation projects supported by the charity.

The week of wildlife art at the Mall Galleries, London runs from 2-7 June 2014.

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