Science Photographer of the Year

Science Photographer of the Year

Deadline: December 4, 2020
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: valuable prizes, participation in the exhibition

Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 Science Photographer of the Year competition.

The competition celebrates the many realms of science and the powerful role of photography in its development. We’re looking for outstanding images that show science in action, telling stories behind scientific exploration and application, and illustrating the many fascinating and crucial ways that science impacts our lives, and our natural world, every day.

Our new category ‘Climate Change’ is for images that address global environmental and ecological issues.


  • Young Science Photographer of the Year (entrants aged 17 and under)
  • Science Photographer of the Year (entrants aged 18 and over).

Submissions are free and open to all, irrespective of scientific or photographic experience, or the equipment used.

Each entrant may enter no more than five images through the online submission system.

What do we mean by…?

We take a quite broad interpretation of terms like ‘science’ and ‘climate change’

What kind of pictures do you want?

We are looking for images that are visually captivating, yet have a good science story behind them. The pictures should appeal to the widest possible audience, and make them want to find out more about what they are seeing

How do you define science?

We’re interested in showing science in broadest sense, whether that’s using specialist imaging techniques, how science is used in industry or in the home, or scientists themselves and the buildings and equipment they use. If you’re in school or college then even some of the science experiments you do in the lab would count.

How might I show climate change?

Climate change can manifest itself in many different ways through its impact on the natural and built environment. Although it’s not always possible to relate these directly to climate change, you might want to think about extreme weather such as drought or floods, wind damage, or the loss of glaciers in mountains or ice cover in Antarctica. Some of these may also have secondary impacts on wildlife and mankind.

Are there any science or climate change images that you wouldn’t want to see?

There are other competitions for wildlife and natural history, and medical images, so we would normally only select these when they show something more directly related to science than simply animals or plants, or medical procedures.

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