Past Winners

An archive of the winners of previous versions of the Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition

Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition

2019

We invited 8-11 year olds to create a new portrait of Carl Linnaeus set in modern times.

The Winner and Finalists

The winning portrait for the 2019 Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
WINNER: Olivia, 10, Halifax

Congratulations to Olivia from Lightcliffe CE Primary School who created this wonderful vision of Linnaeus as a woman. The textures within the paint are wonderful, and its definitely eye-catching. We also spotted the different coloured collars on the shirt, reflecting Carl's green-red and black coat of arms. A worthy winner!

Ten year old Olivia wrote a letter to us, saying: "It is designed to be a twist as a female, so I named her Karly Linnaeus. On the colour, I wanted to mix it up a little by doing his eyebrows purple."

We would also like to highlight five other entries which we loved dearly. Well done to Arthur, Benjamin, Mathilde, Noah and Sophie.


A runner up portrait for the 2019 Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
RUNNER UP: Arthur, 10, Hertfordshire
A runner up portrait for the 2019 Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
RUNNER UP: Benjamin, 11, Lincolnshire
A runner up portrait for the 2019 Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
RUNNER UP: Mathilde, 10, High Wycombe

A runner up portrait for the 2019 Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
RUNNER UP: Noah, 10, Halifax
A runner up portrait for the 2019 Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
RUNNER UP: Sophie, 10, High Wycombe

2018

We invited 8-11 year olds to create a new 21st Century portrait of Carl Linnaeus to replace our current portrait while it goes away for a while. The winning portrait hung in the centre of our historic Meeting Room for 4 months.

The Winner and Finalists

The winning portrait for the 2018 Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
WINNER: Leo, 10, London

Congratulations to Leo who blew us away with this amazingly detailed and dramatic portrait which truly captures the essence of Linnaeus. We loved the use of colours and shading as well as the inclusion of a variety of species.


We would also like to highlight three other entries which we thought were beyond fantastic. Well done to Heidi, Chun Hoi Lai and Marina.


A runner up portrait for the Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
RUNNER UP: Heidi, 10, Lincoln
A runner up portrait for the Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
RUNNER UP: Chun Hoi Lai, 9, London
A runner up portrait for the Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition
RUNNER UP: Marina, 9, Wexford