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The Royal Society of Biology’s annual BioArtAttack competition received a record 362 entries this year, which included digital art, models and paintings, depicting a huge variety of topics from across the biosciences.

Manon Formaggia, aged 16, won the Individual category of the competition with her study of wings, titled A Study of Hidden Beauty in Wings

Manon used recycled fabrics and ink to show the variation between birds and insects.

“I’m really delighted as this competition has allowed me to merge my two passions: art and biology!” said Manon responding to news of her win.

Study of Wings 1

Study of Wings 2

A group of 47 students in Year 10 from St Mary’s School, Colchester, won the Group category in this year’s BioArtAttack competition with their piece entitled Human Female Karyotype.

The students learned to finger knit the individual chromosomes during the Autumn term to create their entry, which stands 1.7 metres tall.

Human Female Karyotype

The piece is made from black cloth, felt fabric, hot glue and various scraps of yarn, finger knitted.

Their teacher, Alison Tew, said, “I am absolutely thrilled to have the Human Female Karyotype wall-hanging win such an amazing competition.

“Since the girls finished making their chromosomes, I have had this piece in my classroom and have used it in many of my lessons on genetics and DNA.

"It looks beautiful and gives a sense of ownership too. Plus, while making it the pupils not only learned a craft skill, but understood the idea of homologous chromosomes, sex chromosomes and chromosome disorders.

"We had so much fun with it!”

Other entries that were shortlisted are listed below.

Individual submissions:

The Human Eye | Rhian Chohan, The John Lyon School, London

 The Human Eye

Made from: a polystyrene ball, a polystyrene ring, acrylic paints, foam, cardboard, glue, cocktail sticks, double-sided tape, cling film and felt-tip pens.

Inside the Human Body - An Exploded View | Elle-Mai Foulkes, St Mary's School, Colchester

Inside the Human Body An Exploded View

Made from: an old broken skeleton toy, buttons, hot glue, wool, balloons, modelling clay, canvas, black paint, and crackle glaze.

Neuron Cell | Harry Bulbrook, Cheam High School, Sutton

Neuron cell

Made from: clay to form the neuron, painted, and the lid of a box to mount it with lights underneath.

Bones of the Foot | Jack Walsh, Cheam High School, Sutton

Bones of the foot

Made from: cardboard, newspaper, glue, rope, wood, screws, and paint.

Invader | Lyndsey Cho


Made from: cork sheet, korean paper, plastic dome, copper wire, golf wood tees, cotton swabs, sponge powder, styrofoam, fishing gut, and toy gel.

My Micro Microscopes | Iris Turner, Turo School, Cornwall

My Micro Microscopes

Made from: card, watercolour, markers, beach sand, tracing paper, lino cut and ink, pen and acrylic paint.

Light-Up Digestive System | Ana Aslam, Herschel Grammar School, Slough

Light Up Digestive System

Made from: polystyrene LED lights, crocodile clips, wires, acrylic paint and PVA glue

The First Life on Earth | Eva Pearson, The Grange School, Northwich

The First Life on Earth

Made from: a shoe box, coloured card, paint, tissue paper and coloured pens.

Purple Chromosome | Regina Olvera Gutiérrez, Harkness Institute, Mexico

Purple Chromo

Made from: purple yarn

Cross Section of a Heart | Olive Walker, The Grange School, Cheshire

Heart and Cross Section of Heart

Made from: canvas, thread and a needle

Group submissions shortlist:

Germs | Year 9 art classes, Priory Pembroke Academy, Lincoln


Made from: pencil, acrylic paint, coloured pencil, and biro.

Specialised Cells Patchwork | Ayesha Zaheer, Yadhavi Sutharshan, Narmeen Saleem, Pranati Madhusudana and Vigyathri Neela, Herschel Grammar School, Slough

Specialised Cells Patchwork

Made from: felt.

The competition is now closed for another year, but there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and be creative, including taking part in activities featured in our Science at Home online festival.