Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration

The winners of the 2022 Margaret Flockton award have been announced! At 12pm (EADT) The 1st, 2nd and three Highly Commended works were announced by Denise Ora, Executive Officer Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney via video on the Margaret Flockton Award 2022 webpage.


Klei Sousa from Brazil won 1st prize $AUD5000 for Hippeastrum sp. nov (ink)

Hans de Vries from Greece won 2nd prize – $AUD2000 for Ballota pseudodictamnus (ink)

Gustavo Surlo Nascimento from Brazil won Highly Commended for Turnera sp. nov. 1 (ink)

Hyunjin Cho from the United States of America won Highly Commended for Agapanthus africanus ‘Blue Triumphator’ (ink)

Claudia Barrocas from Portugal won Highly Commended for Helichrysum stoechas (digital render)

See the launch video for all of the comments by the judges of this year’s award – Lesley Elkan and Catherine Wardrop, MFA curators and Scientific Botanical Illustrators, and Dr Hannah McPherson, Manager Collections at the Australian Institute of Botanical Science, Mt Annan.

The Flickr gallery link on the Margaret Flockton Award webpage is now LIVE for viewing the 74 entries, and to see previous year’s albums.

As a special bonus feature for 2022, every Monday for 4 weeks we are uploading onto the Margaret Flockton Award webpage a ten minute video highlighting the career of four amazing botanical artists that feature in the Florilegium of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and the Margaret Flockton Award: 31 Oct – Sansanee Deekrajang, 7 Nov – Noriko Watanabe, 14 Nov – Jenny Patterson and 21 Nov – Deborah Lambkin.

We hope you enjoy visiting the Margaret Flockton Award 2022 exhibition on Flickr, and please leave comments below the works if you like them! Join us again for the feature artist’s videos and follow us on Instagram @rbg_illustration for all things botanical illustration at the National Herbarium of NSW.

We sincerely thank the Maple-Brown Family and the Foundation and Friend of the Botanic Gardens for their generous support of the Margaret Flockton Award.

BioImages 2022 competition is open for entries

BioImages, BCA’s pre-eminent imaging competition


More than USD $2,500 of cash awards will be given out.

The Best of Show Award worth USD$750 is accompanied

by a one year free membership to the BCA.


Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration

The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration. The Maple-Brown Family and the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens sponsor this annual, international award for excellence in 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.

Entries are now open for The Margaret Flockton Award 2022. Limited to two entries per artist, each hand drawn black and white scientific botanical illustration must have been completed since August 2020. Open to professionals and enthusiasts. First prize $AUD5000, Second prize $AUD2000 and up to three Highly Commended Awards will be announced in the week of 23 Oct 2022 (Due to site issues exhibition dates are to be confirmed).

To enter just go to and SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. Under the header Entry Requirements you will find drop-down menus for all of the information that you need to know.

Entries close 5pm EST, Friday 5 Aug 2022.
For further enquiries email


BioImages 2019 – Juried Salon – Entries close 31st March 2019

BioImages is an annual visual media competition that showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine.

The competition, sponsored by the BioCommunications Association, is open to institutions, companies and individuals. Association membership is not required.

Entry instructions are available online. Prepare now for submissions to BioImages 2019. BCA members enjoy a reduced entry fee. The entry portal is open March 1-31, 2019.

Flat Entry Fee: There is a flat fee per person for 1-6 entries. BCA Member – $40, Non Member – $80 and Student – $40. There is a limit of 6 entries per person.

Awards: The most outstanding entry will be awarded Best of Show, which includes a $500 U.S. cash prize and a one year free membership to the BCA. Awards of Excellence, Citation of Merit and other special Merit Awards will also be awarded by the judges.

Winners will be announced at the Opening Reception of BIOCOMM 2019, the Annual Meeting of the BioCommunications Association, on Tuesday June 18, at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. Attendance at the annual meeting is encouraged but not required.

Gallery: View the gallery on the BCA website to see the winning entries from BioImages 2018.


AIMBI Awards 2018



The AIMBI Awards Exhibition is an opportunity to win GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE awards for the Professional Exhibition is held in conjunction with the BNC and will display any entry that comes up to a professional standard.  Entries can include: Clinical & Non Clinical Photography, Ophthalmic Photography, Graphic Design, Medical Art, Posters, Video, Animation, 3D and Web design including  Educational or Public Relations work that has been undertaken for Medical, Biological or Scientific purposes.your work and have your work exhibited at the Professional Exhibition at the Biennial National Conference (BNC).

All entries will be judged on their professional standards and will be in the chance to win an award.

It is at the discretion of the judging panel to decide how many awards to present.

THE AIMBI AWARDS – all award winners will receive a certificate

BRONZE AWARD – will be awarded to work that exhibits an excellent application of technique, understanding and interpretation of the subject matter.

SILVER AWARD – will be awarded to work that shows an outstanding application of technique, understanding and interpretation of the subject matter.

GOLD AWARD – will be awarded to work that demonstrates an exceptional use of technique, understanding and interpretation of the subject matter.

In addition to the Gold, Silver & Bronze awards, these special categories may be presented:

  • Best Overall Entry – the best of the Gold Award winners
  • Best Student Entry
  • Best BCA & IPT Entry
  • Best Non AIMBI/BCA/IPT Member Entry

There is no entry fee for the 2018 AIMBI Awards

Judging:  Entries will be judged prior to the BNC.  The judging panel will consist of representatives of AIMBI and independent judges that have relevant expertise in the field they are judging.
The digital entries will be judged on a colour calibrated monitor.

The entries will be displayed digitally at the AIMBI BNC.

The awards will be announced and presented at the Awards Function and published in eNetwork.

Rules: AIMBI Awards Exhibition 2018

  1. The Professional Exhibition is open to all those employed within the biological, medical or scientific illustration professions; however, only financial members of AIMBI are eligible to receive awards. The exceptions are 1. Students enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate, art or photography course, who are entitled to be eligible for the Best Student Entry 2. IPT and BCA members are eligible for the Best IPT & BCA entry 3. Non-members are eligible for the Best non-member entry.
    Team entries are permitted if the majority of the team are AIMBI members.
  2. There is a maximum of 4 entries per entrant.
  3. All photographic, illustration and design entries should be submitted as digital files in two formats:
    One high resolution tiff file suitable for publication (A4 ,300dpi) and one low resolution jpeg file suitable for displaying on screen/digital projection (1024×768 pixels).
    Please include originals if entering a brochure or publication.
    All video, animation and DVD work please submit original work, as well as including a high & low resolution screen grab file suitable for publication and digital display, as outlined above.
  4. The electronic files are to be delivered via dropbox or similar or mailed on CD or DVD to AIMBI Exhibition Awards co-ordinator. The discs will not be returned to entrants. If submitting any original works that need to be returned, the entrant is required to supply a self addressed stamped envelope/package. The Committee will not be responsible for damage to entries in transit or at the conference.
  5. The files must be labelled with the entrants surname _image title
  6. All entries must be the original work of the entrant(s) as stated on the entry form.
  7. Each entry must be accompanied with an entry form, which includes your full name, contact details, a brief description of your work, technical details and signature to agree to abide by the rules, see Entry Form.
  8. Closing date for entries: All entries should be received by 22 February 2018.
  9. Entrants must have permission from the copyright holder to enter work in the awards. Entry into the Professional Exhibition gives permission for AIMBI to display the work in the AIMBI
    Collection or publish it for the purpose of promoting AIMBI without payment by AIMBI. Any prior copyright restrictions must be noted on the Entry Form.
  10. Any patient or any other person depicted in a photograph must have given permission and consent for their image to be exhibited by AIMBI and to be published to promote AIMBI.
    Care must be taken to maintain confidentiality of any persons who may appear in any entry.
  11. Acceptance of entries for display will be at the discretion of the judging panel.
  12. Awards will be presented to entries that exhibit excellent, outstanding and exceptional use of visual communication skills created by medical and biological illustrators.

Clarification of the rules and procedures regarding the Professional Exhibition can be made by contacting the AIMBI Awards Exhibition 2018 co-ordinator : Amanda Rebbechi email:

Download the 2018 AIMBI Awards forms here

AIMBI Competition 2016



This year, the Vizzies challenge enters its 16th cycle, and we are continuing the long history and tradition of scientific visualizations by asking you and everyone to submit your best science or engineering visualization. Formerly known as “The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge,” the competition is currently cosponsored by NSF and Popular Science.

In addition to being featured on the NSF site and on, Vizzies Challenge winners will be awarded cash prizes.

Up to five Experts’ Choice winners may be chosen from any category/media type and each winner will receive $2000, and up to three Peoples’ Choice winners may be chosen and each winner will receive $500.

Here is a link to their website for submissions:


Submit your images now and they could reach a global audience.
The deadline for submissions is 9 September 2015. The winning images
will go on display in science centres and public galleries around the world.

Also introducing the new Julie Dorrington Award for outstanding clinical
photography named in honour of one of the founding members of our
clinical collection.

In order for your images to be considered for the Awards, they first need
to be accepted into our collections. We are looking to acquire high quality
imagery that relates to biomedical science and contemporary healthcare,
and are interested in all artistic media and imaging techniques, from
hand-drawn illustrations to super-resolution microscopy and functional
MRI scans.

Find out more on the Wellcome Image Awards website.

Fascinating pictures: EVI’s Picture Competition 2015

Heidelberg Engineering supports the 7th Picture Competition in Vision Research & Ophthalmology
organized by the European Vision Institute (EVI).

Participants are encouraged to send their best and most creative pictures reflecting their
fascination for clinical and basic research in ophthalmology. The competition ends August 14, 2015
and entries should be submitted online.