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More than 180 entries were submitted to last year’s BioArtAttack competition, which included depictions of nature as drawings, models and paintings. The competition was open between October and December 2021.

Sanya N., aged 16, won the Individual category of the competition with her model of an octopus entitled Mastery of All Things Marine.

Sanya octopus

Sanya used a whole range of materials for her model, including acrylic paints, air-dry clay, a plastic jar and also papier-mâché.

“Making this entry was a source of stress-relief for me. Winning the competition is truly an honour beyond comprehension for me. Thank you.” said Sanya on winning the Individual category.

A group of Year 8 students from St Mary's School, Colchester, won the Group category with their piece titled Crocheted Corals.

Most of the students were complete beginners and spent many hours in their lunchtimes learning to crochet and making each coral structure.  

Their entry was made from yarn of various colours and netting fabric.

The students’ teacher, Alison Tew, said “I am thrilled that our Crocheted Coral has been shortlisted. Its creation really has been a group effort with lots of our Year 8 students coming together to make a beautiful coral to contribute to the reef.

“This activity has allowed us to talk about the mathematics and geometry of coral growth, their biology – being a community of animals made of tiny polyps, and the impact of changing ocean conditions on the ability of coral reefs to survive.

"The reef is set up in my lab and is a great talking point for students and visitors.”

Crocheted corals

Other entries from the 2021 shortlist are listed below:

Individual category

You are what you eat

Daniel Beeston, Emmanuel College, Gateshead

Materials used: Air-dry clay

 You are what you eat

An embroided cell

Skye Walker, The Grange School, Northwich

Materials used: Calico fabric, coloured threads

Embriodered vell

The Fluid Mosaic Model

Maria Jawadwala, Westcliff High School for Girls

Materials used: Paint, Glue, Polystyrene balls, pipe cleaners, air-dry clay, cardboard, card, beads

 Fluid mosaic model

Anatomy of the Brain

Gunveen Kaur, Herschel Grammar School

Materials used: Pulses, hard candy, seeds, red kidney beans, chickpeas, glue, sticky tape, match sticks, paper, felt pens, colouring pencils

 Anatomy of the brain

Microscope and Bacteria cell model

Aprylle Arguinsula, St Peter’s Catholic School, Solihull

Microscope and Bacteria cell model

The Anatomy of the Fish

Sabine Singh, Leicester High School for Girls

Materials used: Stones, potpourri, feathers, chocolate buttons, almonds, paper, beans

 The Anatomy of a fish

Fetal Development

Ana Aslam, Herschel Grammar School

Materials used: Hooks, modelling clay, polystyrene, tissue paper, glue, LED lights, clips, battery, water, paper, pencil

 Fetal development

Group category

Animal Cell

Year 8, St Mary’s School, Cambridge

Materials used: Sponge cake, chocolate chips, marshmallow, royal icing, buttercream icing, tea cake

 Animal cell 646 510

Protein embroidery

Professor Lora Dougan and Rhiannon Gregory, University of Leeds

Materials used: Cotton embroidery thread, conductive fabric, conductive thread, 3V battery packs, embroidery hoops, acrylic paint

Protein embroidery 680 510