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:iconhedwigthestrange: : Founder and Curator of Entomology

:iconbanvivirie: : Co-Founder and Curator of Marine Biology and Limnology

:iconsagekorppi: : General Curator

:iconskivwidget: : Curator of Ornithology

:icondrianis: : Curator of Homo sapiens and Cell, Developmental, and Microbiology.



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We collect the imagery of natural history for those of you who dream away your nights aboard the HMS Beagle, catching beetles in the deep jungle, discovering new creatures in the depths of the oceans, or surfing the veins and arteries through the human body.

This group features informative, NON-PHOTOGRAPHIC, NON-PALEO works of biological illustration / scientific illustration relating to biology in general, entomology, botany, zoology, mammalogy, ecology, evolution, microbiology, mycology, herpetology, anatomy, ornithology, and other biology-related ologies.

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:bulletpurple: Why illustrate scientifically when realism can be captured in photos?

"Photographs can misrepresent shape and color, depending upon the lighting. Few specimens are in the pristine shape of a scientific illustration. Often in the process of collecting... specimens tend to dry, curl, twist or otherwise get distorted. When a specimen is preserved or placed in alcohol, it loses its original shape, color, and posture. The illustrator must know a great deal about the organism & what it looks like in nature, before it has been collected. He or she can fill in a damaged section... leave out the specks of dirt, and use the actual color of the living specimen. The illustrator can also create special views, like cross sections, pieces of anatomy, or features at different levels of depth using a microscope." Quote from the Smithsonian @…
Congratulations to the winners of the contest!!

:iconnachiii:: FIRST PLACE:star:
Lapwing Family by Nachiii

:iconhybris2:: SECOND PLACE:star:
Wolf Spider, carrying young by Hybris2

:iconmarmot-of-doom:: THIRD PLACE:star:
Great Crested Grebe Parenting by Marmot-of-Doom

Thank you to all who participated!

Let us know if there's anything we can do to improve the contest process! For six-month contests, we seem to get very few eligible entries.
Do you think we should have shorter contests? Longer contests? One winner? Better prizes? Voting on contest topics? Leave a comment if you have ideas! :D
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ThatnThis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for accepting me :D
GreenDragon3 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
LorenBes Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :----)
NathanLParker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting my paintings!
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you guys still planning to do more contests?  I've been out of the bioillustration game for a while, working on other stuff.  But I'd love the opportunity to do some more scientifically-oriented illustrations.  And those contests helped motivate me.  
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I am a horrible, horrible person and haven't even gotten to journal-featuring the last contest winners. :noes: We have a huge list of possible contests to get through, but between me being generally busy and Hedwig-the-Strange getting married, we are running this ship on a skeleton crew.

I am also not sure how to change the deadline/guidelines in order to increase the number of eligible entries. The last contest was kind of a flop.
HedwigtheStrange Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm back! Successfully married! Yes, we will start plotting on the contest front... *steeples fingers, looks devious*
Vidimus78 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you guys think you'd take figures that are phylogenetics related? Not sure which folder that might fall under. Perhaps Cell, Developmental, and Micro?
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I suppose we would as long as there is an illustrative aspect to it, and the illustrations must meet the requirements for the quality of our main galleries. If it is a fictitious bracketing it would go into our Fictitious and Humorous folder. If has many lineages and could fit into any folder I suppose Cell and Developmental would be fine.
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