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Specimen drawing competition

The Nancy Rothwell Award celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science. This year's competition is now closed.

Categories and prizes

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

Highly commended

The top five entries in each category will be awarded a set of drawing pencils and a certificate.

Outstanding and Winner

The top three of these will also receive £25. Plus an experience day (20th December) at the Royal Veterinary College, meeting the artist in residence and going on a tour of the anatomy museum and dissection rooms.

Winners' schools

The school of one winner in each category will also receive the top prize of £250.


Download a pdf of the competition poster or get in touch to be sent hard copies. For inspiration you can view 2017's shortlisted entries on Pinterest. We also have a PowerPoint presentation for science/art lesson inspiration.


The 2017 winners were announced during Biology Week, on 13th October 2017.

Winner of the 7-11 year old category

Kirstin Greatorex, aged 11, from Durham High School for Girls.



Winner of the 12-14 year old category

Oishee Gosh, aged 14, from Leicester High School for Girls.



Winner of the 15-18 year old category

Molly Wood, aged 17, from St Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon.




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

If you have any queries regarding the award or our terms and conditions please contact Lucy Coia.

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