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
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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
SECOND PRIZE Rogerio Lupoâ, Brazil for Vellozia inselbergae (ink)
NOTE: This illustration is in memory of Professor Renato Mello-Silva, who was responsible for the discovery, research and description of this and many other new species of Velloziaceae that the artist has illustrated.
Rogerio Lupo has distinguished himself in this award in the past
He is a Natural Science Illustrator who graduated in biology from the Universidade de SÃ£o Paulo. Much of his work is dedicated to the illustration of scientific botanical articles/papers. He has also researched different approaches to illustration and artistic techniques.
The illustration of his subject Vellozia inselbergae was only published for the first time a month ago.
This finely rendered illustration is flawlessly executed in ink on board. Exquisite
âCycas siamensis by Sansanee Deekrajang, Thailand (graphite)
Sansanee Deekrajang won the Second Prize last year in 2020.
She was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1980. She has a degree of art from
Silpakorn University and has specialised in fine art printmaking in the past. She taught herself how to do botanical art and won an RHS Gold Medal for her watercolour paintings of tropical plants in 2016. She also has a particular talent for producing very bright paintings full of content with excellent compositions.
The judges were blown away by this masterful pencil rendering. The structure of the highly complex Cycas species was clearly and accurately captured while still
âDionaea muscipula âby Francois Sockhom Mey, France (ink and graphite)
Francois does not have a website and I can't find a bio - but does have a Facebook Page called "A Garden's chronicle"
Note the fly! (below)
This illustration captures the viewer with its dynamic style. The plant jumps from the page and almost comes alive â whoâd be a fly? While a more stylised illustration, this work still captures in scientific detail all of the key features of the species in an excellent and easy to read composition.
Acacia terminalis subsp. Eastern Sydney (G.P.Phillips 126)
âby Anna Voytsekhovich, Australia
The award is for a sub-species which has not yet been published.
Anna Voytsekhovich has a PhD in Botany and is both a Biologist and an Art tutor, Scientific illustrator and Botanical artist. She is a member of the Botanical Art Society of the Australia Wildlife Art Society of Australia. This is
âââThis smaller illustration displays highly proficient technique, resulting in a perfect example of a black and white plate suitable for reduction and publication. Stippling and linework are in perfect balance to describe the minute pinnae of the Acacia and the treatment of the inflorescence depicts the lightly coloured, fluffy flowers. Although not a complex composition, it clearly illuminates the key features of this well-known, but as yet unnamed, subspecies of Acacia terminalis.
This year the announcement of the prizewinners was live via a Facebook Live Event. (It's not up yet on RBGS Facebook Live events but I guess it will be soon).
All those winning prizes and receiving "Highly Commended" are featured in the livestream video
Denise Ora, Chief Executive, Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney was joined by gardening guru, Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia host for a special Facebook LIVE event live streamed from the Calyx Building at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Together with Catherine Wardrop and Lesley Elkan, the botanical illustrators at RBG Sydney, they presented examples from the exhibition.
The announcement of those who have won prizes or been highly commended starts at 24 minutes 20 seconds.
The Exhibition includes 43 scientific botanical illustrations selected from 103 entries from around the world - including 25 entries from Thailand! (see my post about the Margaret Flockton Award 2021: Call for Entries).
You can see the hung exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
View the images online
You can see great images of all 103 entries in the Flickr Album Margaret Flockton Award 2021. (Crops of the images for prizewinners are included in this post.)
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