This year one of our Bush Regenerators, Anna Voytsekhovich participated in the international competition of Scientific Botanical illustration “Margaret Flockton Awards 2021” with her ink drawing of Acacia terminalis subsp. terminalis. The competition was really tough as 103 artworks by 79 artists from 25 countries participated. But her work was among the 5 winners with a Highly Commended award.
Anna’s idea of participating in this competition was not about winning but about getting more attention for this wonderful yet threatened plant. Her hope is that eventually her drawing will resonate (somewhere, somehow), as it will be exhibited in 3 Botanic Gardens ( first in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then in Mount Annan Botanic Garden and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden) + online exhibition. So eventually we might get more attention for Acacia terminalis subsp. terminalis from the public.
The drawing depicts the specimen from Chifley and was drawn from both live specimen and photos (no plant was harmed during the process). And I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Alex Bamforth, for consulting me on a few very important morphological aspects of that subspecies and helping my artwork get the required scientific accuracy.
So, here is the link on the results of competition, where you can see the artwork of all winners and other participants:
Anna really hopes we all like it and celebrate with her this little success as it partially belongs to everyone who has worked hard giving Acacia terminalis subsp terminalis a chance to survive!