Humanimal Trust Creative Awards 2023

Create a piece of visual art or written word on the theme of 'Time to Connect'   

The theme of Time to Connect fits beautifully with what we are striving for at Humanimal Trust.  Humans and animals’ lives are so closely interlinked daily.   We share our homes, our lives, our struggles, world resources and we care for each other.   Sadly, we also share diseases.  What better Time to Connect than now, in Humanimal Trust’s 10th anniversary year to share the power of that connection?

In celebration of this Time to Connect, we are launching our second Creative Awards.  In this competition you can share, using your creativity, your thoughts, images and examples of that wonderful bond between us and our animals and time to connect human and animal medics so they are able to learn from each other.  

At Humanimal Trust we are striving to build a bridge to create this connectivity between doctors, vets, allied professionals and researchers to work together for the benefit of all species, One Medicine.  The amazing connections between humans and other animal species (because humans are animals too!) not only show how our lives are so closely intertwined, but also the physical and emotional similarities between us should be recognised and celebrated.  


Who are Humanimal Trust?

We are a charity based in the UK working towards One Medicine.  What is One Medicine, you might ask?

We want to create a world where both humans and animals have better opportunities to benefit equally from medical progress. So, information learnt in the human field is passed onto the veterinary sciences and vice versa.   We can achieve this when vets, doctors, allied professionals and researchers routinely collaborate and connect with each other to share information, resources and studies. This is medical progress for all, but not at the expense of an animal’s life. – this is One Medicine.

Can you imagine how great that would be, for us, the rest of animal kind and the world?  Medical progress would be faster for humans and animals, we could save time, lives and money.


How will entries be judged?

Entries will be split into age four groups, 7-9 years, 10-11 years, 12-15 years and 16 upwards, at the time of closing date - 31st March 2024, at 11:59 pm GMT.

Your entry will be judged on how original your creation is, the relevance to the theme of Time to Connect and/or One Medicine, and the use of story writing, poetic, artistic, photographic or videographic techniques for each entry. This will decide a first and runner up place for each age group.  

We do have a resources page full of ideas and more information on the theme of 'Time to Connect'.  Please have a look, at for some inspiration.  We also have prepared some age appropriate 'Information' sheets which will explain the theme of the competition further. Click the links below to find out more!







How many entries can be submitted?

An individual can submit one entry per artistic medium. E.g. a short story, a poem, a piece of art or a photograph. Each entry should be accompanied by its own entry form.


Entry Options

Your entry can be written word, visual art, photographic or video recording

Written word – (Short story, poetry entry, short essay)

Create a written piece reflecting the theme of connectivity between species.

A short story/essay should be maximum of 500 words.

Poetry should be no more than one side of A4 paper.

If hand written, the entry must be legible. If typed use font size 12pt.

Any entries that do not meet these specifications will not be accepted.

If an entry is submitted in a language that is not English, please provide a translation.



The art category is for creativity, design and self-expression of a visual nature.

Entry can be a painting, drawing, pencil sketch, pastels or you might want to create a poster.   You don’t have to limit yourself to 2D artwork, how about venturing into 3D?  You can use sculpture, collage, textiles, recycled items to create your artwork based on One Medicine and the connectivity between humans and other species. 

Entries in this category should be submitted as a photograph.  Take the photo using natural light if you can. Dark or unnatural light can result in a distorted image, colour or appearance.  Please see the tips section on how best to take your photograph.

There is the option to include a brief synopsis of what you have created and its relevance, with a maximum of 200 words.



Entries to be submitted digitally.

For online entries, the maximum file size is 10MB.  

Any entries that do not meet these specifications may not be accepted.

There is the option to include a brief synopsis of what you have photographed and its relevance, with a maximum of 200 words.


Video entry

We ask for a video with a maximum length of 10 minutes, in MP4 format. Aim for file size <1GB




All winning entries will be published on Humanimal Trust website, shared on our social media and with our supporters. 


7-9 age group: Judged by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

First place:    A basket of books from What on Earth Publishing, a copy of Humanimal book, a first place certificate and a Super Hero Humanimal Badge .

Runner up:  A copy of Humanimal, a runner up certificate and a Super Hero Humanimal Badge


10-11 age group:  Judged by Christopher Lloyd

First place:   A basket of books from What on Earth Publishing, a copy of Humanimal, a first place certificate and a Super Hero Humanimal Badge

Runner up:  A copy of Humanimal, a runner up certificate and a Super Hero Humanimal Badge.


12-15 age group: Judged by Nancy Fenesten

First place:  A basket of books from What on Earth Publishing, a copy of Humanimal, a first place certificate and a Super Hero Humanimal Badge.  

Runner up: An Engineers Making a Difference book, a runner up certificate, a Super Hero Humanimal Badge


16 upwards age group:  Judged by  Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

First place: Copies of signed Noel Fitzpatrick books, A Humanimal Trust messenger bag, your choice of design/colour, a first place certificate and a Super Hero Humanimal Badge.

Runner up:  Book voucher, a runner up certificate and a Super Hero Humanimal Badge.


A little bit of information about our judges

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick is an advanced orthopaedic and neurological specialist veterinary surgeon in the UK. Noel founded Fitzpatrick Referrals, a leading veterinary referral practice in the UK, and is known to many as the Supervet from the popular Channel 4 TV show. 

In May 2014 Humanimal Trust was established by Professor Fitzpatrick. As a vet he personally experienced the deep divide between human and animal medicine and saw how unfair this was. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities to share what he was learning from day to day veterinary practice, or to benefit from relevant learning from human medicine, he decided to create the platform himself.   Since those beginnings, the Trust has started to establish a powerful evidence base and to build understanding of both the principle and the potential of One Medicine. 

Christopher Lloyd is a journalist, presenter, publisher, and best-selling author. He co-founded What on Earth Publishing, along with illustrator Andy Forshaw, as he wanted to try and help young people (and adults) learn in a more interconnected way and appreciate that the real world is way more amazing than anything you can make up. Chris divides his time between running the company, writing, speaking (at schools and literary festivals) and giving lectures all over the world.

Nancy Feresten is the Managing Director at What on Earth Publishing. She has spent more than 30 years developing children's nonfiction content across publishing, media, and events and is devoted to engaging young people’s natural enthusiasm for fun, surprising information and emotionally compelling true stories, which she hopes will inspire them to find out more.  Nancy lives near Washington, DC, in the USA.


How to enter

Only parents or legal guardians may submit entries on behalf of their children. You must be at least 18 years old to send in an entry.

Entry information should include the adult’s full name, valid email address, confirmation that you are the parent or legal guardian and confirmation that you are 18 years of age or older. You need to be contactable via the email address provided. By completing the entry form you are accepting and agreeing to the contest rules and information.




To help you promote the competition within your school, library or other local amenity, feel free to download the following poster. 



Contest Rules & Information

There is no fee to enter the competition.

  1. All entries must be received by31st March2024, at 11:59 pm GMT. All submissions must be received by this date and time or they will be disqualified. No extensions will be granted.  Winners to be notified the first week of May 2024.
  2. Submissions must be made via the online entry form.
  3. All young people or adults within the age ranges of this competition, anywhere in the world, may enter Humanimal Trust Creative Awards. Proof of age, identity, and/or eligibility may be required.
  4. All entries must be an original work by the contestant and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
  5. Video entry must be under 1GB.
  6. All participants will receive a PDF certificate via email.
  7. All entry data will be stored securely and will not be shared elsewhere. Winner’s details will be shared with the distributors of the prizes.  
  8. Read the guidelines for submitting artwork carefully.
  9.  Humanimal Trust reserves the right to disqualify artwork deemed as offensive, abusive or plagiarised. 
  10. Entries that do not comply with all the contest rules will be disqualified.
  11. Judging will take place by the end of April 2024.
  12. Winner’s parent/guardian/teacher will be contacted before Humanimal Trust announces the winning entries.
  13. Prizes are subject to availability. If, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to provide the stated prize, we will try to arrange an alternative prize of a similar value. 
  14. Humanimal Trust reserves the right to cancel the competition at any time, if deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside of the Trust’s control.
  15. The applicant agrees that Humanimal Trust will retain the submitted artwork/writing, which it may use to promote One Medicine, and the work of Humanimal Trust in media worldwide in perpetuity. 
  16. Artwork, art descriptions, and select student information (such as first and last name, country, and age category) may be used in publications and distributed to the media.  Consent will be requested prior to publishing full name, country and age category with prize winner’s parent/guardian to give the opportunity to object to the publication.  Winning entry can be published as anonymous.
  17. Humanimal Trust promises to run this contest fairly, ethically, and with integrity.


Guidelines for submitting artwork

We will use your digital artwork to judge the competition, so it is important that you create a good digital copy of your artwork.   If you have access to a printer/scanner, full-colour scans often produce better results, but with care, phones and digital cameras will be able to create a quality image for you.

How to Photograph your Artwork

  1. Place your artwork on the floor or against the wall in a naturally lit room. Do not use the flash.
  2. Use your phone or digital camera to take a picture of your artwork straight-on and as close to your artwork as possible. Centre the lens of your camera or phone with the centre of the artwork.
  3. Make sure there are no shadows or glare on your artwork when you take the picture. If the image is blurry, retake the photo.
  4. Open the file on your computer to check that it is a good picture. It is straight and not at an angle, and between 3-10 MB in size. Save the image as a .jpg or .png file.
  5. If necessary, rotate the image so that it is the right way up. We recommend cropping the image to show just your artwork. Do not make any changes to the image, such as applying a filter.  Your goal is to have a photograph that resembles your original artwork as much as possible.
  6. Save the file to your computer.
  7. Rename the file “last name, first name.” Example: Jackson, Rachel.jpg. 
  8. Your file is now ready to submit to the Creative Awards.