Illustration and Photographic Competition

About the competition

The Society’s Illustration and Photographic Competition aims to encourage and recognise high standards of entomological illustration. It is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference where the entries will be displayed and judged.

The competition consists of three categories, Student Illustration, Open Illustration, and the Photographic category. The illustration categories are further divided into Black and White, and Colour sections.

The Society will usually make available $200 for First Prize and $100 for Second Prize in each of the four illustration categories and $200, $100 and $50 for First, Second and Third Prizes in the photographic section. Highly commended certificates will also be awarded where appropriate.

The judges retain the right not to award all prizes if entry numbers or standards are not sufficient.



Student Illustration  
Open Illustration 
Black and White Black and White  
Colour Colour  

Who’s eligible

The competition is open to members and non-members of the Society who are not employed or contracted as professional illustrators for fee or reward.

How to enter

Entries, up to three per entrant, must be whole body (dorsal or lateral views) taxonomic illustrations of insects or other invertebrates. The mounted illustrations should not exceed 21 x 30cm (approximately A4 size) and must be suitable for reproduction after reduction by 50%.

Please note that these conditions will be strictly applied this year.

Each entry must include:

     Name of entrant

     Postal address

     Category of entry/entries

     Current enrolment details (if a student)

     Scientific name of species illustrated

Entries must be in the hands of the Conference Organiser by the date advertised on the conference website.

Postal entries must be carefully packed and include stamps or postal order sufficient to cover the cost of return postage, where necessary.


Photographic Competition - Winner 2020 - Colleen Foelz (below)

Havinthus rufovarius (Reduviidae) feeding on Orgyia australis (Erebidae)