Published on July 31st, 2017 | by David Marshall


Palaeocast Art Competition 2017

The Palaeocast art competition is back and we’ve got another great selection of prizes up for grabs this year. We have five models from Paleozoo, five prints from palaeoartist Bob Nicholls and some VNHM posters!

We’ll be running the competition on Facebook and Twitter for the whole month of August using #palaeocastart.

To enter, simply:

  • Email your original artwork to us, along with a name and title (please state if you are <16).
  • Palaeocast then uploads it to Facebook and twitter.
  • The public then vote for their favourites by ‘liking’ or ‘favouriting’.
  • Sharing or retweeting artwork is permitted.

Full terms and conditions are listed below.

If you need any inspiration, check out the entries from last year’s competition.

Terms and Conditions


This competition is a celebration of palaeontology through art and, as such, is intended for the widest possible participation. We want everyone to enjoy this competition and not be put off by the high standards of some of the super-talented palaeoartists out there. It is for that reason that professional entries are not permitted*.

To encourage participation from younger palaeontologists, we also have a category for those <16 years old. Please state on submission if the palaeoartist is <16.

*We consider professionals to be anyone who sells their palaeoart or has a dedicated website for their artwork (i.e. owning wouldn’t be allowed, but pages on Facebook or Deviant Art are permitted). Professionals are encouraged to share their work with us in this celebration of palaeoart, but would be required to state their ineligibility.


We’re looking for an original pieces of palaeoart, so nothing that has been submitted to other competitions before. We don’t want you to submit a picture you drew 4 years ago. But what constitutes as art? It can be anything! We’ve had images made with charcoal, digitally produced and even physical models.


Submission is via email. Simply send your work to the email address in the poster and we’ll upload it to our social media pages for public voting.

Multiple submissions are permitted, but only one prize will be awarded to any one contestant.

Please be wary that your account privacy settings may not allow us to see your images. If this is the case, or if you don’t have Facebook or Twitter accounts, please get in touch via the contact form at the foot of the page. Additionally, if you want to submit a file type, e.g. a video that isn’t supported by Facebook or Twitter please email us.


The competition is once again judged by public vote. Once your original artwork is uploaded to the Palaeocast Facebook and Twitter pages, the public then vote by ‘liking’ or ‘favouriting’ their favourites. The voting begins on 00:00 (UTC+1) 1st August and votes will be counted until 00:00 (UTC+1) 31st August.

Prizes will be awarded to the most-voted-for images in the categories: <16 years old, ≥16 years old, Invertebrate and Overall Winner. Palaeoartist Bob Nicholls will also select a piece of art to win prizes.

Voters are allowed to vote for as many images as they like. Sharing/retweeting of images is permitted, but keep in mind any privacy settings you have on your account.


  • Overall Winner – The single image with the most votes.
  • <16 years old
  • ≥16 years old
  • Invertebrate – Any image that doesn’t depict a vertebrate.
  • Bob’s choice – Bob’s pick for best image.


Five lots of prizes will be awarded. The Overall Winner is the artwork with the most votes. Only one prize per person. The artwork of the Overall Winner is not eligible to also win the prize for any other category, in this case, the prize will go to the next highest palaeoartist. If multiple pieces submitted by the same palaeoartist finish in prize winning positions the prize will be awarded to their highest-voted piece, their other pieces will be ineligible to win and the next highest palaeoartist will win the prize.

We will announce the winners of the competition shortly after the voting deadline. We will then privately contact the winners for their contact details. Please allow up to a month for shipping of physical items. Download codes for the Saurian computer game will be made available upon the release of the game and will likely be for Steam/PC users only.

Small print:

By entering this competition you acknowledge that Palaeocast is permitted non-commercial usage of your imagery (e.g. for promotional use or illustrative purposes). Palaeocast reserves the right to change the competition rules at any point. No cash alternatives are offered for prizes. Prizes will be sent with tracked shipping. If, for any reason, the prizes do not arrive, Palaeocast will not be responsible for sourcing replacements.

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