The Margaret Flockton Award 2017

The Margaret Flockton Award is unique amongst international art awards, focussing exclusively on contemporary scientific botanical illustration, as distinct from botanical art.

Illustrators from around the world submit scientifically accurate drawings that accompany the published taxonomic description of the 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. First prize: AU$5000; second prize: AU$2000; 3 x Highly Commended.

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.

When: Saturday 6 May - Sunday 28 May 2017, daily 10 am - 4 pm.
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - enter via Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road
Cost: Entry to the exhibition is free - selected works will be available for sale direct from the artist
Enquiries: | Ph: 02 9231 8111

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2017 Exhibition Opening Day

The winners of the Margaret Flockton Award 2017 were announced at 10am Saturday 6 May by Dr Brett Summerell, Deputy Executive Director, Science & Conservation Branch, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Ella and Gavin Smith, accepting the winning certificate and reading the speech sent by 2017 Margaret Flockton Award winner, Lucy Smith, who resides in London.

Another beautiful Autumn morning for the opening of the exhibition.

Curators Catherine Wardrop and Lesley Elkan (3rd and 4th from the left) celebrate with Lucy Smith’s family.




Entry Requirements


Thinking of entering the next Margaret Flockton Award? Here is all the information you need to get started.

Changes to note: 2017 Margaret Flockton Award and Exhibition
Information for artists
Digital submission – forms
Digital submission - artwork
A Guide to Scientific Illustration
Enquiries and further information