The Royal Entomological Society is excited to announce the results of the first Insect Week art competition for children, part of the annual celebration of insects. Entries were received from across the UK, Europe and Asia, across three age categories: 3 to 7 years, 8 to 12 years, and 13 to 18 years, with themes of ‘endangered insects’, ‘moving insects’, and ‘people and insects’.
Dominique Vassie (freelance artist and biologist), Julie North (relief and intaglio printmaker and entomologist), and Hayley Jones (RHS Entomologist), judged the entries, they said “We were so delighted to see such a wonderful spread of insect art. We received a large number of entries, all of which were done to a very high standard, which made it so difficult to judge! Everyone did such a great job at bringing the beauty and characters of insects to life. We hope you all continue to be curious about insects, inspire others to love them too and make beautiful art to share with the world.”
1st place in the 3 to 7 years age category was Cillian Farrell (aged 5) Dragonfly Sparkle.
1st place in the 8 to 12 years age category was Kate Presnell-Roberts (aged 12) Legally protected and in flight after feeding on wild thyme.
1st place in the 13 to 18 years age category was Alexandria Coen (aged 13) Fragment of Beauty.
Winner of the ‘endangered insects’ theme was Aidan Warwick (aged 9) Big and Brightly Coloured Bumble Bee.
Winner of the ‘moving insects’ theme was Isaac Turtle (aged 12) Predators at the Swamp.
Winner of the ‘people and insects’ theme was Lorna Breuker (aged 9) Small insects need big heroes!
View the competition gallery, to see 1st to 3rd place and highly commended entries, for all the age categories.
Prizes included Moth by Isabel Thomas, The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer, One Million Insects by Isabel Thomas, A Bug’s World by Erica McAlister, and Cotman Watercolours Sketchers’ Pocket Box by Winsor & Newton.