Margaret Flockton Award 2023 Exhibition

See the exquisite scientific botanical illustrations from the 2023 Margaret Flockton Award finalists.

Scientific drawing of Agapanthus, by Hyunjin Cho

National Herbarium of New South Wales Foyer

Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan


21 August – 6 October 2023


10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday



A showcase of outstanding scientific botanical illustrations, selected as finalists for the 2023 Margaret Flockton Award.

The 20th Margaret Flockton Award celebrates another diverse array of scientific botanical illustrations, created by 37 artists from 18 countries. A total of 54 entries have been judged and 29 finalists will be exhibited on-site. You can also view the full exhibition on Flickr after the winning announcement.

The range of illustration styles and media to see is diverse, including graphite, ink and scraperboard as well as an increasing number of digital drawings.

The works display all of the key botanical features including a habit drawing, floral parts, fruits, seeds, and minute details only visible with a microscope.

The winners will be announced at the Australian Botanic Garden Community Day on Sunday 20 August at 11am. The Curators – Botanic Gardens of Sydney’s botanical illustrators Catherine Wardrop and Lesley Elkan – will be keen to chat about all things illustration.

Black and white botanical illustration with immaculate plant details. Copyright: Klei Sousa

Botanical illustrations: Hippeastrum sp. nov. by Klei Sousa. Top: Agapanthus by Hyunjin Cho