Two important dates in May for scientific botanical illustrators:
What is the Margaret Flockton Award?
The Margaret Flockton Award - organised annually by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton (1861-1953) made to Australian scientific botanical illustration.
Every year, illustrators from around the world submit scientifically accurate drawings that accompany the published taxonomic description of a plant, clearly highlighting all of the distinctive features of the species. Original taxonomic illustrations are highly detailed black and white drawings primarily undertaken in pen and ink, pencil or digitally rendered.
You can read more about past winners on my dedicated page The Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration
Who can enter the Margaret Flockton Award?
Entries are welcomed from all those who generate scientific illustrations of plants.
All previous winners of the Margaret Flockton Award are eligible to enter, EXCLUDING the 2020, 2021 AND 2022 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 ALSO make up at least half the entries
What can you enter?
The page relating to the Award includes a Guide to Scientific Botanical Illustrations - which I recommend you read before processing any further.
What does it cost to enter?
How to enter?
The competition uses Dropbox for all submissions. All digital artwork and submission forms must be submitted electronically via a FREE Dropbox account
High resolution for judging and exhibiting:
Criteria for Judging
The Margaret Flockton Award is unique in art awards in that it recognises and promotes scientific botanical illustration as opposed to botanical art.
Entries will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria:
The Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition 2023
The Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition will display high quality prints of submitted digital files ONLY.
Venue: The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
Dates: Saturday 12 August- Sunday 8 October 2023 (TBC)
A tweet about the Margaret Flockton Award 2018 - and the venue at RBG Mt. Annan
Online Flickr gallery: from Monday 14 August, 2023
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