Competition winners announced

Each year, the College runs an Art of Pathology competition, where people of all ages can submit paintings, drawings, sculptures, digital art, collages or any other media on a specific theme.

Running between June and October 2018, our theme for this year was "fighting disease", recognising how pathologists work to prevent, treat and diagnose illness across the globe. 

There are three categories for entry:

  • Under 11s
  • 11-18s
  • Over 18s

The judges were RCpath Fellows, Dr Rachael Liebmann and Dr Lorna Williamson, and science-based artist, Dr Lizzie Burns. They were hugely impressed by the quality and diversity of entries received. The judges selected one winner and one runner up in the Over 18s category, two joint winners in the 11 - 18 category and one winner in the under 11s category. All entries were displayed in the Members' Area of the Royal College of Pathologists and members who viewed them were invited to vote for their favourite across all age categories in the 'Peoples' Ballot'. 


A £50 prize is awarded to the most creative work in each category, and the best entries are published on our website and featured in the College magazine, The Bulletin.

The winner of the 'Peoples' Choice' vote will receive a College goody bag. 

Prize winners 2018

Over 18s Category Winner

Winning entry in over 18s category by Nataliya Piletska

Nataliya Piletska 'The Quest'

"You are a small but valiant adventurer at the doorway of a nigh-insurmountable task. If the walls of the caves are lined by cancerous cells, imagine what the monsters look like. You thank your lucky stars you have your determination, wisdom and scientific reasoning to help you on your quest."

Over 18s Category Runner-up

Runner up in the over 18 category in Art of Pathology Competition

Terouz Pasha, Lister's Microscope

My submission for “Fighting disease” depicts Joseph Lister’s microscope from 1826 shooting a beam to the mirror which is angled upwards into a watercolour image of a macrophage extending its pseudopods to embrace several ecoli bacteria. I wanted to convey that although technology and science has evolved enormously in the field of pathology and medicine, the trusty microscope is still central in identifying, researching and thus fighting disease. Just as our immune system fights our internal battle against disease, the microscope acts as our external weapon of choice against fighting disease.

11 - 18s Category Joint Winners

One of the 2 joint winners in the 11 -18 category of the Art of Pathology Competition

Alica Svedova, ‘A hardworking pathologist’

I was inspired to paint a pathologist in a lab, holding a test tube because they are very intelligent scientists and experts in illness and diseases. They are specialised in guiding doctors on the right way to help a patient as well as discovering new medicine to prevent many people from facing life-threatening situations.

Alica's painting is also the winner of the 'People's Choice' prize as voted for by RCPath members across all age categories.
Joint winner in the 11 - 18 category of the Art of Pathology Competition

Rachel Barham, ‘Fighting Disease; A Universal Perspective’ 

"Using digital art software, I decided to portray some of the world’s most deadly diseases and clearly show what pathologists are doing to help combat them. I decided on a solar system design to represent how universal disease is; it affects everyone and we can only combat it by global collaboration."

Under 11s Category Winner

Winner in the Under 11s category of the Art of Pathology Competition

Swara Sooriyakumar, 'Fighting Disease' (Age 9)

"Allergists and immunologists are fighting with allergies and immunological issues every day. In my picture I showed a doctor fighting with different kinds of allergies and infections. Some of them are really severe and others are not as bad. People with immune deficiency are at higher risk of infections but immunologists give immunoglobulins and medicines to protect them from infections."

Further information

The competition is now closed for further entries until 2019. 

Read the Terms and Conditions for more information about the competition.

Please note, any personal data collected in this competition will be kept only for the duration of the competition to notify winners, to send back art entries and to pay winners. All information will be kept in compliance with the College’s privacy policy.

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