Audrey Eagle Drawing Competition

The Botanical Society of Otago’s Audrey Eagle Botanical Drawing Competition.

Entry form for 2024 Botanical Society of Otago’s Audrey Eagle Botanical Drawing Competition and Art Auction is here bso-drawing-competition-2024.pdf

Participants of all skill levels are warmly encouraged to submit. Artists will have the opportunity to present their works for auction after the awards have been presented, with all profits going back to the artist. Remember that you must be a current member to enter.

Judging criteria

  1. Botanical accuracy.
  2. Detail, especially of important identification features.
  3. Clarity of lines.
  4. Proportional representation and scale.
  5. Layout.
  6. Suitability for reproduction in newsletter.
  7. Accurate caption, eg botanical name of plant, where it came from, date drawn.
  8. Botanical notes or comments of interest eg. key to botanical details, history, distribution, uses, variations etc. (The NZPCN website could be helpful).
  9. Preference will be given to plants that have been rarely illustrated.
  10. Above all, artistic merit carries the highest rating.

2022 winning entry


Drymoanthus flavus by Dr. Noelyn Buisman-Hung the winner of the 2023 Audrey Eagle Botanical Drawing Competition.

2018 winning entry


Kothalsella lindsayi growing on Melicope simplex. Original artwork by Helen Jones. Medium: watercolour.

2012 winning entry


Celmisia lindsayi, clockwise from left: habit, ray floret, achene, disc floret. Original artwork by Sharon Jones. Medium: watercolour.

Download the entry form