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Specimen drawing competition

How to enter

The Nancy Rothwell Award 2021 is now closed for entries. Winners will be announced as part of Biology Week 2021.

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.

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


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.

The Manchester Medal

The RSB is working with the Whitworth Art Gallery this year to include an additional award category, The Manchester Medal.

Entrants in the Manchester area can choose to include their drawing in this category (when submitting for the main competition) and be in the chance of having their drawing displayed at the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Only one winning entry will be chosen for The Manchester Medal from entries in the M1 – M99 post code area.

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.


A poster is available to help promote the competition. Teachers will also be able download a PowerPoint presentation resource to use during their art/science lessons to inspire their students' drawings.


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
Kate Oliver, Royal Veterinary College
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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