Illustraciència 2023 International Illustration Award

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Illustraciència 2023 International Illustration Award

Illustraciència 2023 International Illustration Award now is over!

Illustraciència 2023 International Illustration Award: The Illustraciència 2023 International Illustration Award has been recently opened for entries and like every year invites all teams and individuals aged over 18 years old worldwide to participate.

Short description

The National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid and The Catalan Association of Science Communication, organize this award known as, “ILLUSTRACIENCIA, International Award on Scientific and Nature Illustration”.

The goal is to promote scientific illustration in all its forms and reward the work of scientific illustrators through the call for the International Award on Scientific Illustration. For each edition, an itinerant collective exhibition and a catalogue with the 40 selected works are made.

There are three categories:

Scientific illustration
Naturalist illustration
Cajal Year (illustration must be related to neuroscience)

Each participant may submit only 1 illustration. The subject of the illustrations must be related to science or nature and the technique is free. The work must have been created between January 2022 and 31 March 2023.

From among all received proposals, the jury will select a maximum of 40 illustrations to be ingapart t of Illustraciencia´s exhibition taking into account their scientific accuracy, innovation and information capacity. Among these ones, the jury will select the winning proposal, and up to five special mentions to the most outstanding works. The Audience Award will be made through popular vote on Facebook.

Submission requirements:

The measure of the illustration must be A4 (210 x 297mm) 72 DPI in RGB and it should not include watermarks or text (except signatures, numbers or figure letters and symbols). The participation form should include text in Spanish, Catalan or English of (100-150 words) that explains, in addition to the species or element, some curiosity or characteristic shown in the illustration.

The 40 selected have to send the illustration adapted to be printed size A2 (420 x 594mm) 300 DPI in CMYK.

Who may enter?

All work teams or individuals over 18 years of age may participate in this award regardless of their country of residence.


The 10th edition of Illustraciencia will award one illustration from each category. The author of the winning illustration of the 10th edition of Illustraciencia will receive 1000 euros, while the author of the work selected by the audience will receive a diploma.

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