The year 2009 sees both the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th birthday of his most famous work, On the Origin of Species. In anticipation of the celebrations, the BSHS Outreach & Education Committee is offering prizes for original designs that best illustrate the significance of either (or both) of these anniversaries.

Format of the entry: entries may submitted in one of the following electronic formats:

  • A poster up to A3 in overall size
  • An illustrated essay of 500 words
  • A PC screensaver

Entries may be submitted as jpeg files or in other standard formats including a digital photograph or a digital scan (for any entry prepared initially on paper). The file size should be no more than 500kB to ensure that the winning entries can easily be downloaded from the BSHS OEC website.

Entry categories

There are three age categories for entrants, a prize of £100 being awarded in each category:

  • 11-14
  • 15-18
  • 19+

For categories i) and ii) the age of the entrant must be confirmed by a responsible adult (parent, guardian, teacher) and the entrants’ age should fall within the relevant category by the competition deadline of May 6th 2008.


The entry should be emailed by the May 6th 2008 as a file attachment to [email protected] In the body of the email you should include the name, address, and other relevant contact details for all the entrant(s) who have contributed to the submission.

The winning entries will be announced at the BSHS/CSHPS/HSS conference at Keble College, Oxford, 5th July 2008.

Enquiries about this competition should be directed to [email protected]

Download competition announcement poster (designed by Melanie Keene from an original image by John van Wyhe)