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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.


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.


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 last year's shortlisted entries. We also have a PowerPoint presentation for science/art lesson inspiration.


The 2016 winners were announced during Biology Week, on 13th October 2016.

Winner of the 7-11 year old category

Arnav Sharma, aged 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, aged 14, from The Judd School in Tonbridge, Kent.

Travis Moldrich 14 The Judd School


Winner of the 15-18 year old category

Liam Barrett, aged 17, from Tupton Hall School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Liam Barrett 17 Tupton Hall School



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
Ms Lucy Coia, Royal Society of Biology

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