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Margaret Flockton Award 2015
The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration. The Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens, as a major fundraising organisation and supporter of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, is pleased to sponsor the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration. Through its members, the Foundation & Friends is committed to funding projects that embellish and enrich the four sites of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, allowing the Trust and its staff to continue to pursue excellence in all that they do. The Foundation & Friends also holds an annual exhibition of botanical art: Botanica 2015 - The Birds and the Bees - see Foundation & Friends Events.
When: Saturday 18 April - Sunday 10 May 2015, daily 10 am-4 pm.
2014 Winning entries
1st prize ($5000) - Lucy Smith from Kew, UK, for Nepenthes petiolata
Approximately 350 visitors enjoyed the beautiful and unseasonably warm Sydney day following the opening address of the Margaret Flockton Award (MFA) 2014 by Dr Brett Summerell, Deputy Executive Director, Science and Conservation, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. Outside of the new venue of the grand old Maiden Theatre, MFA Co-Curator and Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Botanical Illustrator, Catherine Wardrop took the opportunity to give a short talk on the important role scientific illustration plays in taxonomy - translating complex science into a visual image that everyone can understand.
Dr Summerell proceeded to announce that the winning image of Nepenthes petiolata was drawn by Lucy Smith from Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Lucy will receive $5000 for first prize and as her family accepted the award on her behalf they were warmly applauded by Flockton fans who knew Lucy had previously won 2nd prize three times and had had 5 Highly Commended Awards to her name in the past. Edmundo Saavedra Vidal from Mexico (absent) was the next to be awarded 2nd prize and $2000 for his somewhat romantic and superbly rendered dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. Then we were pleased to have two Highly Commended award recipients with us on the morning - Sandra Sanger and Pauline Dewar represented the State of Victoria very well with their works Couroupita guianensis and Pterostylis curta respectively. Both Pauline and Sandra are also exhibiting at Botanica: the Art of Seduction, another exhibition running concurrently at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Once more, Brazil was highlighted as a hotbed of talent as Klei Sousaís Spirotheca passifloroides and Suzanna Souzaís Anthurium sp.nov.ined. also received Highly Commended awards. The final HC went once more to the unstoppable Edmundo Saavedra Vidal for Alvaradoa amorphoides.
Thirty-three illustrations were submitted for the Margaret Flockton Award 2014 from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Canada. Three knowledgeable judges were garnered from the National Herbarium of NSW: Lesley Elkan, Botanical Illustrator and MFA Co-Curator; Flora Botanist Louisa Murray and Senior Research Botanist Karen Wilson - who evaluated, discussed, considered, agreed, disagreed and after much deliberation finally reached happy consensus. However, the five Highly Commended awards instead of the usual three, reflect their sense of the fine standard of the illustrations.
Hundreds of visitors are currently enjoying this yearís exhibition in the Maiden Theatre, which is, in fact, the original National Herbarium on the Royal Botanic Garden site, and is the very room where Margaret Flockton worked closely with J.H. Maiden a century ago, inspiringly illustrating thousands of species of plants. Now, in Margaretís name we continue to bring the beautiful and scientifically essential images into the publicís eye. The international body of scientific illustrators continues to build community awareness and ease the understanding of research in the natural sciences, conveying knowledge of our precious botanical world for species identification and conservation.
The judges for the 2014 Award were Lesley Elkan, Botanical Illustrator and MFA Co-Curator; Flora Botanist Louisa Murray and Senior Research Botanist Karen Wilson.
The Maple-Brown family