Last year, the Margaret Flockton Award had the most entries ever for this prestigious award for contemporary scientific botanical illustration.
This year, the organisers are expecting a repeat - and lots and lots of entries. So you need to make sure you enter your very best work!
46 artists from 21 countries submitted works in a time before the world paused.
Who can enter the Margaret Flockton Award?
Entries are welcomed from all those who generate scientific illustrations of plans.
All previous winners of the Margaret Flockton Award are eligible to enter, excluding the 2018, 2019 and 2020 first prize winning artists.
Typically, the people who submit illustrations for this award - and win awards - are professional botanical illustrators / people who produce scientific botanical illustrations for botanical gardens and botanists on a regular basis. However they' are NOT the only people who enter.
Enthusiastic botanical illustrators make up at least half the entries and this competition is NOT limited to those who generate income producing scientific botanical illustrations - and scientific illustration entries from a wider group are always welcomed.
What can you submit?
The page relating to the Award includes a Guide to Scientific Botanical Illustrations - which I recommend you read before processing any further.
How to submit an entry
ALL the specific details regarding submission of artwork and paperwork can be found at https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Science/Botanical-Illustration/The-Margaret-Flockton-Award - scroll down to ‘Entry Requirements’.
High resolution for judging and exhibiting:
Note: Those who have already submitted images need to note that these will be processed along with all of the other entries after the deadline of March 12.
All entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Margaret Flockton Award 2021 Exhibition
NEW Venue: The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Exhibition Dates: Monday 7 June - 20 June 2021
The exhibition will also be seen - on dates to be advised - at two additional venues within the Royal Botanic Gardens i.e.
For all those who cannot get to Australia, the entries will also be available to view online in the Margaret Flockton Flickr Gallery which will be published on Friday 11 June, 2021
The 15th Biennial Exhibition of The Art of Botanical Illustration 2020 (TABI) is presented by The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
This year for the first time it is a Virtual ONLINE Exhibition. I guess, whichever country we live in we're now getting used to these in the age of the Pandemic.
The Friends are to be congratulated on producing a well constructed and beautiful online exhibition. I particularly like the fact that we get a profile for each artist included in the exhibition. It not only helps the artist with raising their profile - it also helps the buyers who often want to know more about "who painted this?"
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