Get creative and submit an entry for our BioArtAttack competition!
Your entry can be anything from drawings and sculptures to models and collages of any scale. The piece of art created can be entered by an individual or as a group, including classes, lab groups or any group of biology enthusiasts.
Anything and everything creative is eligible for submission, just send us photos of your masterpieces.
View the winners and shortlist from the 2020 competition online.
How to enter
The 2021 competition will open for entries in October 2021.
Submissions can be entered in two categories:
Single submissions: one piece of artwork, curated by either a person or a group of people
Multiple submissions: for multiple pieces of artwork, suitable for teachers, youth group leaders or others who have a large selection of pieces to submit from one large group of people
Only photos of creations or scanned images of paintings and illustrations can be submitted, and up to ten images or photos of the piece can be included in your submission. We will not be accepting video entries.
You also need to tell us in writing a bit about your piece, including:
- The title of your piece
- Equipment and material used
- What your piece depicts
- The science behind your piece
For single submissions, you will be prompted to include this information in the submission form. For multiple submissions, each submission should include annotations within the piece detailing the title, what exactly the BioArtAttack depicts, what materials were used and the science behind the piece.
It is suggested this text is printed out and scanned alongside photos of the final piece if 3D, or written on the back of a piece and also scanned in if 2D.
The file name for each entry should include the name of the individual who curated the piece and how many files are related to that piece (e.g. John_Smith_1.JPEG, John_Smith_2.PNG).
Entries will be judged on:
- the variety of materials used
- the variety of creative skills used
- the aesthetic quality of the piece
- the originality of the piece
- how well the piece captures the biological basis of the subject matter
BioArtAttack 2017 individual category winner: Alex Cross (Abbey Gate College)
From the very big to the very small: Your BioArtAttack could take inspiration from the smallest parts of the natural world that only a microscope can see. Think cell structures, bacterial colonies and microscopic organisms. The mesmerising patterns, colours and shapes seen through the eye-piece of a microscope are sure to provide inspiration for a great piece of art.
If you prefer to think big, you could use vast environments or ecosystems as the theme of your entry. Your piece of art could be based around great savannahs, wide-open plains or immense rainforests and the huge range of diversity contained within them.
Hands-on science: Lab or field equipment could be the focus of your artwork, with fascinating tools and apparatus being used by scientists to provide ways to make wonderful discoveries. Take a look around your school lab or science classroom to get started with ideas for your entry.
Scientific concepts: Why not use your BioArtAttack to help explain a biological concept, theory or area of biology that particularly interests you? Art can be a great way to visualise something that may seem complex or difficult to understand.
Choosing our winners
A judging panel of RSB staff will decide on a winner and runner up for both the individual category and group entry category.
Winners and runners up will be notified in December 2021.
The BioArtAttack winners in each category will receive a prize for their creation.
Please email Raghav Selvam if you have any queries about the competition.