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Specimen drawing competition

How to enter

The 2022 award will open for entries in March 2022.

Each entrant can submit only one drawing for the award. We encourage entrants to enter scans of their specimen drawings rather than photographs. Entrants should keep hold of their original drawings as these may be requested at a later date.


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.

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

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.


Resources for the 2022 award will be available from March 2022.


Email Raghav Selvam if you have any queries regarding this award.


Claude Barbé-Brown, Inspire!
Andrew Crook MBE, Royal Veterinary College
Lucy Eckersley, Royal Veterinary College
Tom Ireland, Royal Society of Biology
Tim Pond, Zoological Society of London
Dr Grace Sim, Royal Veterinary College
Professor Susan Standring MBE, King's College London
Matt Webb, Royal Society of Biology

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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