New Portrait Competition

In a special edition of the competition, we are inviting people of all ages to create a new portrait that Carl Linnaeus would really like. This year, Linnaeus would like a new portrait of his furry friend, Sjupp.

Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition

In a special edition of the competition, we are inviting people of all ages to create a new portrait that Carl Linnaeus would really like.

Carl Linnaeus was given a raccoon by the Crown Prince of Sweden. He called his new friend 'Sjupp' - pronounced 'shoop'. This year, Linnaeus would like a new portrait of his furry friend, Sjupp.

The video above tells the story of the relationship between Linnaeus and Sjupp, while the videos below are actually narrated by Sjupp who tells short stories about Linnaeus.

To enter, simply create a portrait of Sjupp the raccoon in whatever style you like and send us a good quality picture. All the details of how to enter are outlined below! We can't wait to see your entries!


Extra details

Closing date:

This competition currently has no fixed closing date. We will be highlighting great works as we receive them and will announce winners in different age groups when the competition does close.

Your entries:

Entrants can be from anywhere, i.e. not limited to the UK.
The entry should ideally be flat, portrait (i.e. not landscape) and a standard paper dimension, minimum A4 (21x29.7cm). However, as this is a special edition of the competition, we would be happy to receive other formats.
Submissions must be the entrants' own work, do not enter copyrighted art.
By entering, you give the Linnean Society permission to use your artwork in future media products, as well as share your artwork during the competition with all audiences, both online and in person. We will give appropriate credit to the entrant.

How to enter your artwork:

The easiest option is to email a picture of your artwork to learning@linnean.org, and include the following details:

  • The entrant's name
  • Age at time of submission
  • The city/town/area where you live

Alternatively, you can upload the photo to Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #LNP20 and we will contact you for more details - please note that if your profile is private we may not be able to see your artwork. Tagging us @LinneanLearning may help. We will 'like' every entry we can see.

Judging & Prizes:

We will judge the artworks once the competition has closed. Please read above regarding the closing date. We will have five age categories: 7 and younger, 8 - 11, 11 - 14, 15 - 18, and 19+.
We will select a winner from each category, and send prizes when we are able to. Prizes will include art and science materials. Several runners up will also receive certificates.
Linnaeus will post his thanks to all participants on our website after the competition closes.

Other Terms and Conditions:

  1. Entries will not be accepted from employees of Linnean Society and their immediate families.
  2. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the competition.
  3. Entry into the competition will be deemed to constitute acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Stories by Sjupp