Terms and Conditions

The BioMedia Meltdown competition is a contest where eligible students are invited to submit an art piece to the Linnean Society of London in any creative media. By entering the BioMedia Meltdown competition you accept, personally, the conditions stated in these official competition rules and agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges. The competition will comprise an open submission phase, judging phase, and exhibition/awards event, with winners announced and awards presented.

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this competition.
Please note this is a creative science competition and not a prize draw.

All media entered into the BioMedia Meltdown Competition must be original, and therefore have no copyrighted material that does not belong to the entrant (this includes company names, music, photographs, works of art, television, movies, or other media).

The following creative media may be used:

Drawing • Painting • Collage • Printmaking • Photography • Sculpture • Film/Video • Theatre • Dance • Music • Animation • Textiles • Creative Writing • Installation • Bookmaking

* If uncertain about the eligibility of your entry, contact daryl@linnean.org

The competition received submissions entries from March 2019 - March 2020.
Entries closed on the 16 March 2020.

Work will be displayed online via Facebook and Instagram, with voting for finalists taking place from Monday 1 June to Friday 26 June.

The work will then be put to a group of professional judges from the fields of art, science, and education for the determination of a winner and runner up in each category.
The winners will be notified in the first week of July 2020.

Unique entries winners submitted outside of the main four categories will be determined in the first week of July and announced before the end of summer term.

To be eligible to enter the BioMedia Meltdown Competition the following terms must be met:

All entries must be made by young people between the ages of 8-14 at the time of entry. Works must be submitted along with a completed entry form available on the web site during the submissions phase.

Students may enter the BioMedia Meltdown Competition as either an individual or a group.

Entering the competition as an individual:

  • Only one piece of media can be entered per applicant.
  • All media must be originally produced by the individual entrant and not be a product of further collaboration.
  • Submitted media must be in line with the terms and conditions of the BioMedia Meltdown Competition Official Rules as listed below.

Entering the competition as a group:

  • Only one piece of media can be entered per group.
  • A group cannot exceed more than three members.
  • All media must be originally produced by only the members of the group and not a product of further collaboration.
  • All team members must meet the eligibility requirements of the competition.
  • All team members must be from the same school or organisation.
  • Submitted media must be in line with the terms and conditions of the BioMedia Meltdown Competition Official Rules.

For our four facilitated workshops, 75 semifinalist entries in each category (for a total of 300) have been selected from the ~1000+ submissions, based on the following criteria:

  • Participant(s) observed proper materials handling during the workshop, following guidelines as instructed
  • Participants have read or investigated the resources carefully and responded to the questions on the entry form
  • Participant(s) submitted a finished piece reflecting the workshop content, including scientific themes and artistic discoveries

From these 300 semifinalist entries, 80 finalists will be chosen (20 per category of taught workshops) during the month of June via public voting on the Linnean Society’s Facebook page (@linneansociety) and BioMedia Meltdown’s Instagram account (@biomediameltdown). Public voting will be allowed from Monday through Friday, 9am-9pm; ‘likes’ will be tallied each day after the close of voting.

The top 80 finalist pieces will be submitted to an independent panel of professional judges comprised of life science and education professionals as well as artists inspired by biology/life science/natural history.

Winners will be announced in the first week of July via social media and also by e-mail notification to our contacts with each institution.