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Submit your children’s art now that has been inspired by our Last Chance to Paint expeditions for your children to be eligible for our next Art Awards. ALL submissions (t&c apply) will be exhibited on the

Submit your children’s art, inspired by our chapters, for the next awards*

If you submit your children’s art by our deadlines the art will automatically be entered into our Art Awards to potentially be the recipient of one of our amazing prizes!

All of our chapters remain open for schools/children to use and submit art for. The 2019 awards and now closed but we are planning awards for 2021.

The Awards

In 2019 our top award winners, in each of the three categories (People, Plants and Wildlife), received signed art prints from artist John Dyer, courtesy of The John Dyer Gallery along with a Born Free goodie bag.  And worked with so that we could send awards of the children’s own art reproduced on Art Mugs and other amazing products, see below for examples.

Some of the 2019 Zazzle Awards Zazzle made with YOUR children's art on!

Art Mugs

With your art on!

Some of our award winners will be receiving Art Mugs specially made for them by featuring their winning paintings!

Art Wallets

With your art on!

Some of our award winners will be receiving Art Wallets specially made for them by featuring their winning paintings!

Note Books

With your art on!

Some of our award winners will be receiving Note Books specially made for them by featuring their winning paintings!

Pencil Cases

With your art on!

Some of our award winners will be receiving Pencil Cases specially made for them by featuring their winning paintings!


We have now announced our 2019 award winners!

Last Chance to Paint Awards Panel Your work will be admired by our amazing team & by people all over the world



John Dyer is an artist and environmentalist who runs the John Dyer Gallery and the Last Chance to Paint project.

John is one of the UK’s best loved artists and his work hangs in public collections and is widely collected around the world.

John’s environmental work studying the ethnobotanical relationships of plants with the Eden Project has firmly placed his work at the forefront of contemporary art and he is one of the UK’s best known international environmental artists, having worked with leading scientific organisations across the globe.

“There is an innocence and freshness to John Dyer’s art that follows a tradition in Cornwall that includes the work of Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, Fred Yates and Bryan Pearce. Rather than trying to record what he sees, John sets out to capture the ‘essence’ of his subject. The ‘essence’ of seagulls, cats, dogs, bobbing boats, or exploding fireworks communicate far more strongly through John’s brushstrokes than they would if drawn more traditionally. It is this ability to capture the ‘essence’ of what is important that seems to appeal to those who have shown great vision and originality in their own careers, such as Tim Smit, Alan Titchmarsh or Kim Wilde.”



In 1987 Tim moved to Cornwall he and John Nelson together ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Tim remains a Director of the gardens to the present day. Eden is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration.

Tim is a Trustee, Patron and Board Member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and nationally. He has received a variety of national awards including The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal (2003). In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary CBE in the New Years Honours List and in June 2012 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He has received Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of Universities.

Tim is also Executive Chairman for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025.



Virginia McKenna OBE is a wildlife campaigner, actress and author, well known for starring as conservationist Joy Adamson in the 1966 film Born Free with her late husband Bill Travers MBE.

Deeply immersed in animal conservation and welfare issues, Virginia co-founded Born Free in 1984 alongside her husband Bill and eldest son Will Travers OBE. The couple had been moved by the plight of Pole Pole, the elephant – who appeared alongside them in the film An Elephant Called Slowly – who was gifted to London Zoo by the Kenyan government following filming. Today, Virginia is still actively involved with Born Free and serves as a Trustee.

As an actress, Virginia’s leading film roles included The Cruel Sea, A Town Like Alice, for which she won a British Academy Award for Best Actress, Ring of Bright Water and Carve Her Name With Pride. Her television appearances have included Romeo and Juliet, The Camomile Lawn, Kavanagh QC, The Deep Blue Sea and The Whistleblower.

Virginia won the Society of West End Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in The King and I, opposite Yul Brynner. Other theatre credits include I Capture the Castle, A Little Night Music, Hamlet, The Devils, The Beggar’s Opera, Winnie and a season with The Old Vic.

Virginia was awarded an OBE in 2004 for her contribution to the arts and animal welfare. 



Kate Stephenson runs a popular wildlife conservation blog; ‘Kate on Conservation’ and works as Education Editor for National Geographic Kids magazine.

She is a trustee of the Born Free Foundation and has previously volunteered at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa, where Born Free’s big cat sanctuaries are based.

Kate has a special love of lions, as well as elephants and great apes — since volunteering with the team behind the VR app ‘vEcotourism’. She is also an ambassador for IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals), The Ocean Conservation Trust and the Cyprus-based ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards.



Matilda Gollon is International Marketing Manager at Zazzle, the world’s destination for customisation. On the Zazzle marketplace, artists can sell their work on 100s of products, from cards to cushions to socks to skateboards. Matilda and her team work across all of Zazzle’s international domains, including the UK, Australia, France and Japan.

She and Zazzle are delighted to have the John Dyer Gallery store on the marketplace, and to have worked on several community art projects with John since 2014. Matilda was a judge and organised Zazzle-made prizes for Tall Ships Falmouth-Greenwich 2014, Spirit of the Rainforest 2015-16, and now Last Chance to Paint.
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