Esmee Somers Winkel has won the First Prize in the 17th Margaret Flockton Award 2021. The award comes with $5,000 but is most prized for its highly prestigious nature within the scientific botanical illustration community.
Esmee is a a professional scientific illustrator working in the Netherlands. This First prize follows on from
This post covers: (in order)
The Margaret Flockton Award
Margaret Flockton Award is unique amongst international art awards, focusing exclusively on contemporary scientific botanical illustration, as distinct from botanical art RBG Sydney Flickr Album Margaret Flockton Award 2021
The Margaret Flockton Award is specifically about scientific botanical illustration. It's prestigious because it is the ONLY award dedicated to the excellence and expertise demonstrated by those who produce botanical illustrations to an exactly scientific standard for botany and botanists
As a result, entries are typically:
This competition and exhibition is International. Scientific botanical illustrators from around the world are invited by the curators of the exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney to:
REVIEW my dedicated page for The Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration
The Criteria used to judge the Award are listed below:
Reproducability is extremely important, because the nature of our work is that it is reproduced so anything too delicate can be lost on reduction.
While other awards will look for accurate interpretation and portrayal plus technical and artistic merit, this is the only award which specifically considers illustration from the perspective of the scope for reproduction in scientific publications (i.e. the whole purpose of the illustration is to communicate to a wide community of interest via printed or digital matter).
The Judges for the 2020 Award were all from the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.
Apparently they had 25 illustrations two days before the deadline and on the Monday morning they had 103! Next year the Judges would appreciate receiving illustrations earlier if that's at all possible! :)
About the Prizewinners
FIRST PRIZE ($5,000) Esmee Winkel, The Netherlands - for Notoleptopus decaisnei (ink)
(see illustration at the top of this post)
Esmee's illustrated has been awarded the First Prize for its exacting skilful technique and perfectly balanced composition. The clarity of the strong line is complemented by the perfectly rendered elements, with a concise stipple techniques used only where required to convincglu describe form. Line weight is also used to describe shadows and depth. The illustration reveals the life cycle and key features of
My commentary: I'm reading that as a lot of appreciation and applause for
Esmee Winkel is a professional scientific illustrator who specialises in botanical illustration and works as a Scientific illustrator and Botanical artist for the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and at the Hortus Botanicus, Leiden in the Netherlands.
She has previously won second prize in the Margaret Flockton Award 2017.
Other prizes she has won include
The exhibition "Exploring Botany - Botanical Art in the 21st Century" opened at the Manggha Museum in Kraków, Poland on 2nd February and continues until 30th June 2021.
I'm sure many of you will have seen some details about this online - but for those who haven't this blog post aims to fill in the gaps. (Dates on the poster and flyers relate to the original planned dates - but the exhibition was postponed due to the pandemic)
The exhibition features
Exploring Botany. Botanical Art in the 21st Century is Poland’s first exhibition showcasing the phenomenon of today’s botanical art, both European and Japanese. We are showing works by modern-day artists in the context of the oeuvres of old masters of botanical illustration, Basilius Besler, Crispijn van de Passe the Younger, Jacob Hoefnagel, Emanuel Sweert, Elizabeth Blackwell, and above all Maria Sibylla Merian. These are complemented by Hiroshige’s and Watanabe Seitei’s ‘pictures of flowers and birds’, which engage in surprising visual and narrative dialogue with the European works.
The artists whose work has been selected for the exhibition are listed below
I made this into a bit of a test for myself to see if I could separate artists into Past Masters and Contemporary Artists - which was easy. Then I listed them by country without checking online and on this website - and I got most of them right (i.e. all the ones I knew!)
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