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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 2019 Annual Awards Ceremony on 10th October 2019.

Both highly commended entrants and winners will also be invited to an experience day at the Royal Veterinary College on 10th October 2019.

How to enter

The Nancy Rothwell Award 2019 is now closed for entries.

Shortlisted entries will be announced in September 2019, and the winning entries announced in October 2019.

We request you read the competition's terms and conditions before entering and submitting your drawing.


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
Dr Grace Sim, Royal Veterinary College
Timothy Pond
, Zoological Society of London
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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