New Portrait Competition

Every year we invite young people to create a new portrait that Carl Linnaeus would really like.

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Our next round of the New Portrait competition will be announced at the end of August 2022.

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Submissions are welcome between 1st September and the 13th November.

The easiest option is to email a high quality picture of your artwork to, and include the following details:

  • The artist's name
  • Age at time of submission
  • The city/town/area where the artist lives
  • A written description of the artwork to add extra information
  • If relevant: A school name

Alternatively, you can send your actual artwork directly to us at: Education Manager, Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF. We cannot return artwork to the sender.

Please store your original artwork somewhere safe as we may need you to send it to us for high quality scanning if you win the competition. We will reimburse this cost.

  • The artist must be between 8 and 13 years old between the 1st September 2022 and the 13th November 2022.
  • The artist can be from anywhere in the world, i.e. not limited to the UK.
  • The artwork must be in a portrait orientation (i.e. not landscape) and a standard paper dimension, minimum A4 (21x29.7cm).
  • The artwork must be signed by the artist.
  • The artwork can include any medium - paints, charcoal, digital art, collages... anything! You could even create a 3D object and enter that as a portrait photo, although we cannot accept video.
  • The artwork must be the artist's own work. Do not enter other people's work.

  • A judging panel will review all of the entries once the competition has closed.
  • The closing date for entries is the 13th November 2022. We cannot receive entries after this date.
    One overall winner will be selected, with at least three more finalists.
  • The winner and finalists will receive physical certificates and prizes, including art and science materials.
  • All artist's who enter artwork will receive a digital certificate sent via email. The Linnean Society will send thanks to all participants after the competition closes.

  • By entering, you give the Linnean Society permission to use your artwork in future media products, as well as share your artwork with all audiences, both online and in person. The Society will give appropriate credit to the entrant in all uses of the image.
  • The first name, age at submission and town/city will remain associated with the artworks in perpetuity (forever), but all other data will be removed related to entrants and submissions after the 1st January 2023, unless otherwise approved.
  • Entries will not be accepted from employees of Linnean Society and their immediate families.
  • The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the competition outcome.
  • Entry into the competition will be deemed to constitute acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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