The Mad Drag Queen, by Shawna Hinkel, Receives Best in Show

Masters of Wildlife Art 2023, Best in Show: Shawna Hinkel

The Mad Drag Queen, by Shawna Hinkel image
The Mad Drag Queen, by Shawna Hinkel.  Color photograph of a mandrill in profile by Shawna Hinkel.  All rights reserved.  Shawna Hinkel, used here with permission.  United States  2023.

Congratulations to Shawna Hinkel for The Mad Drag Queen winning Best Overall at Wild Heart Gallery's Masters of Wildlife Art 2023 art exhibition! This virtual exhibition is meant to honor the artists who are inspired by the wild animals of all descriptions. Hinkel's striking color photography of a mandrill exquisitely captures the personality of the subject and expertise with photography.

Best in Show
The Mad Drag Queen, by Shawna Hinkel
19 × 30 in, Digital Photography

Shawna Hinkel’s animal portraiture is always stunning. In this color photograph, she captures dynamic lighting, intricate detail, texture, mood, and personality. She strikes us with bold, strong color and invites us in to consider the subtle variations evident with a longer look. Masterful work!

Overall Runner Up
PoliNation, by Ted Shaine
9 × 12 in, Linoleum Print

Overall Honorable Mention winners
Shawna Hinkel, Rebecca Findlay, Tassy F, Linda Hansen, Oleg Kedria, Pat Gombarcik, Tara Nix, and Bonnie Johnson

Best in Category winners
Digital Art: Qihui Gong

Drawing and Pastels: Linda Hansen

Mixed Media: Ross Halfacree

Painting: Rebecca Findlay

Photography: Shawna Hinkel

Printmaking: Ted Shaine

Special Merit Award winners
Ted Shaine, Monica Diaz, Ross Halfacree, Darren McGirr, Pat Gombarcik, Heather Cudworth, Linda Hansen, and Leo Lizarraga

Selected Works
Lizzie Jayne, Sumita Chatterjee, Tassy F, Shawna Hinkel, Shruti Sasan, Margaret Ann Adams, Kyoungryun Mo, Monica Diaz, Kathy Weiss, and Bonnie Johnson