Chris Packham has chosen his favourite badger illustrations that will be published in our wildlife crime novel, A Badger’s Tale.
Chris says: "What a moving collection of artwork! Each piece revealing a little what badgers mean to these extraordinary young artists.
As well as a breathtaking array of head shots using all kinds of materials and techniques, we received illustrations of badgers peering out of setts, among woodland flora and fauna, scratching, cuddling up, calling out, climbing, sleeping, and even making magic and protesting!
The huge variety of styles and creative perceptions made my job rather challenging, though that isn’t at all a bad thing, quite the opposite - it’s inspiring!
My chosen pieces will be published in the teen wildlife crime novel, A Badger’s Tale, by Geoff Francis. The book celebrates the badger, questions what happens to it at the hands of humans and aims to help recruit aid and understanding among younger people.
It’s been thoroughly enjoyable judging Naturewatch Foundation’s illustration competition. Thank you to everyone who entered – please know that you’re helping to raise awareness of a shy, fiercely loyal and strikingly beautiful animal that desperately needs our protection."
Here are the winning illustrations:
A Badger's Tale
The wildlife crime mystery novel, ‘A Badger’s Tale’, is a challenging story full of magic and healing that only the natural world can bring. Rejected by his mother and threatened by the human world he has been cast into, Liam finds sanctuary in a clan of badgers.
He discovers his purpose for living by caring for wild animals, until a gang of hunters turn his new-found world that he has grown to love upside down…
The aim of the book, ‘A Badger’s Tale’, is to celebrate the badger, question what happens to it at the hands of humans, and recruit help and understanding among younger people.
You may recall the book was originally going to be called ‘Badger Boy’. Since finishing the book this month the author has decided it will be the first in a series of wildlife crime books, which will be called the ‘Nature Hero’s Series’. As each book will feature the same human characters with a range of different wildlife species, the author has changed the name of this first book to ‘A Badger’s Tale’.
The author of the Nature Hero's Series, Geoff Francis, is a Saatchi-shortlisted artist, sculptor, award-winning photographer, published author of fiction and non-fiction with 12 books to his credit, a film-maker and poet.
The Badger Boy illustration competition is being run by Naturewatch Foundation and sponsored by No More Dodos