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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.

Categories and prizes

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

Highly commended

The top 10 entries in each category will be awarded a set of drawing pencils and a certificate.


The top three of these will also receive £25. Plus an experience day (22nd December) at the Royal Veterinary College, meeting the artist in residence and going on a tour of the anatomy museum and dissection rooms.


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


The 2016 winners were announced on 13th October 2016.

Winner of the 7-11 year old category

Arnav Sharma (9) from Brindishe Green Primary School in London

Arnav Sharma 9 Brindishe Green Primary School


Winner of the 12-14 year old category

Travis Moldrich (14) from The Judd School in Tonbridge, Kent

Travis Moldrich 14 The Judd School


Winner of the 15-18 year old category

Liam Barrett (17) from Tupton Hall School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Liam Barrett 17 Tupton Hall School


How to enter

The competition closed for entries on 9th September 2016. It will re-open in March 2017. If you have any queries regarding our terms and conditions please contact Lucy Coia.


Download a pdf of the competition poster or get in touch to get hard copies. We also have a PowerPoint presentation for science/art lesson inspiration.


Professor Susan Standring FRSB, King's College London
Mr Andrew Crook MBE FRSA, Royal Veterinary College
Dr Grace Sim, Royal Veterinary College
Lucy Coia, Royal Society of Biology