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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 competition entries.


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.

Both highly commended entrants and winners will be invited to an experience day at the Royal Veterinary College.

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How to enter

The Nancy Rothwell Awards 2018 is now closed winners will be announced in October.


Each entrant may only submit one drawing. Please only submit a photograph or scan of your drawing, as any original artwork will not be returned. Entrants are encouraged to label their drawings.

Please read the competition's terms and conditions before entering and submitting your drawings.

The Award will close for entries on 10th September 2018. Highly commended and winning entries will be announced in October 2018.


A poster is available to help promote the competition. Teachers can also download a PowerPoint presentation to using their art/science lessons to inspire their students' drawings.


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

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