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Specimen drawing competition

About the award

The Nancy Rothwell Award celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science.

Find out more about previous award winners.


There are three age categories (7-11, 12-14, and 15-18) and prizes are awarded for:

Highly commended

Top three runner-up entries in each category will be awarded a set of drawing pencils and a certificate.


The overall winner in each category will be awarded a set of drawing pencils, a certificate and £25. The winners' schools will also each receive £100.

Student prizes will be presented at our Biology Week 2020 Annual Awards Ceremony on 8th October 2020.

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How to enter

The Nancy Rothwell Award 2020 is now open for entries.

Each entrant can submit only one drawing for the award. We encourage entrants to enter scans of their specimen drawings rather than photographs.

Please read the competition's terms and conditions before entering and submitting your drawing.

The Award will close for entries at 23:59 BST on 31st July 2020. Winning entries will be announced in September 2020.


A poster will be available to help promote the competition. Teachers will also be able download a PowerPoint presentation resource to use during their art/science lessons to inspire their students' drawings.


Email Raghav Selvam if you have any queries regarding this award.


Andrew Crook MBE FRSA, Royal Veterinary College
Lucy Eckersley, Royal Veterinary College
Tom Ireland MRSB, Royal Society of Biology
Kate Oliver, Royal Veterinary College
Timothy Pond
, Zoological Society of London
Dr Grace Sim, Royal Veterinary College
Professor Susan Standring FRSB, King's College London

Award support

The Royal Society of Biology wishes to thank the Royal Veterinary College for its continued support of this award.

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