The Marsh Palaeoart Award

The Marsh Palaeoart Award

We are delighted to announce the launch of the annual Palaeontographical Society Marsh Palaeoart Award. This award recognises talent in the depiction of fossil faunas, in keeping with the foundational aims of the Society. The new award is supported by the Marsh Charitable Trust.


  • The award will be given annually for artwork depicting fossil fauna (or science based on fossil fauna) from the British Isles (UK and Eire).
  • The artwork must have been created in association with one or more of the following: a publication; press release; figure within a paper; illustration for books; exhibition or other relevant event; the promotion of palaeontology in the British Isles, including museum display, leaflets, websites or other established outreach venue.
  • Artists can submit up to three works in any medium, including traditional paint, ink, digital, sculpture.
  • Submissions should include the submission form (see below), and works should be in the following formats:
    • 2D art = a single image, .tiff, .jpeg or .png.
    • 3D art = up to two images, .tiff, .jpeg or .png.
    • 3D digital models = a single file, .ply
  • The overall winner will receive £500 + 1 years membership of PalSoc, and a certificate. Highly commended entries will receive 1 years membership of PalSoc, and a certificate.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of scientists and artists on their scientific accuracy and artistic merits, including strength of composition, style, uniqueness and other qualities.
  • All submissions must be received by 23:59 on the closing date.
  • Please click here to download the submission form. 


  • Artwork must have been produced in the two years prior to the inaugural award (2024), and in the one year prior subsequently.
  • Entries are welcome from artists based anywhere in the world, but please note that it may not be possible for winners outside of the UK to attend the AGM in person to receive their award.
  • Self-submissions, or nominations with the artist’s knowledge, are welcome.
For any questions about this award, please email the Secretary.


  • 14th October 2023 – Submissions open
  • 25th November 2023 – Submissions close
  • January 2024 – Winning artists will be informed
  • April 2024 – Prizes will be given at the Palaeontographical Society Annual General Meeting (AGM)