Picturing Science competition

This competition is to select outstanding images of science provided by Research Fellows. The winners will be featured at the Summer Science Exhibition 2013.

Curran Mixing lightning with water to improve the surface of aluminium. This image was provided by Dr James Curran, an Industry Fellow and Principal Materials Engineer at Keronite International Ltd.


The Royal Society funds research across a wide range of science. We are looking for interesting or unusual images, provided by Research Fellows, of their research, scientific breakthroughs, laboratories, field trips or teams at work.

The winning images will be on display at the Summer Science Exhibition.

Please send your images to grants-reply@royalsociety.org with ‘Picturing Science – Image submission’ in the subject line.

Include up to 150 words of explanatory text and a credit line which would be displayed next to the image if exhibited. Please also let us know of any copyright information as we would like to be able to use your images in the future. Images should be submitted at the highest resolution available. Images can be entered into more than one category and you can submit more than one image.

The call for entries is now closed and the winners will be announced in July.

This competition is for Royal Society research fellows only. To have a look at the entries so far visit our Flickr page.


  • Infographics: This includes interesting and eye-catching demonstrations of new knowledge developed by the data generated by your research. (Standard graphs and pie charts will not qualify)
  • People: Images of you and your teams at work pursuing your research. In particular we would be keen to hear any accompanying stories about why you have chosen the image. An example might be your teams at work communicating your research to the public.
  • Places: Photos of where you carry out your research, whether it is in the lab or the field, the UK or abroad, we would like your images showing the diversity of locations where science happens.
  • Discovery: The vast range of images produced as a result of your research which have helped your understanding of new processes and phenomena. This category also includes any images that were an unexpected but visually interesting by-product of your research.
  • Innovation: Any images that relate to a commercial breakthrough or of research that has inspired creativity or innovation.
  • Equipment: This includes pictures of the unusual apparatus that you use to scutinise and understand the world around us.

Judging criteria

Judges will use the following criteria to select winners and runners up in each category:

  • Visual impact of the image
  • Public appeal of the image
  • Scientific story behind the image

The panel will be encouraged to consider the representation of diversity in and of science across the images submitted.

Our mission

To recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Our priorities

 ■ Promoting science and its benefits
 ■ Recognising excellence in science
 ■ Supporting outstanding science
 ■ Providing scientific advice for policy
 ■ Fostering international and global cooperation
 ■ Education and public engagement