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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.

The winners and highly commended entrants from all three categories will also each be awarded a copy of The Field Guide to Drawing & Sketching Animals by Tim Pond.

How to enter

The Nancy Rothwell Award 2021 will open for entries in March 2021.


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
Tim 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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