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The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition welcomes entries from scientists in five broad categories. 

2016 overall winner: "Dancing with stars" by Imre PotyĆ³. All rights reserved.

Entries are now closed

The 2017 Photography Competition is now closed to entries.

Winners will be announced in November. 


The competition is open to scientists, and winning entries are chosen according to 2 key criteria: they should be aesthetically pleasing, and convey an interesting scientific phenomenon.

As well as an overall winner, a category winner and runner up are selected for each category. For the 2017 competition, photographs can be submitted to one of 5 categories:

  • Astronomy – for images of astronomical bodies, or that demonstrate astronomical or astrophysical phenomena
  • Behaviour – for images that show the behaviour of living species
  • Earth science & climatology – for images of physical processes or features related to Earth, including its oceans and atmosphere
  • Ecology and Environmental Science – for images that demonstrate the interaction of species within the environment and the environment itself
  • Micro-imaging – for any images taken using microscopes and other high-magnification imaging devices

For more information including technical specifications, see the competition’s terms and conditions.

The overall winner receives a prize of £500 (or currency equivalent) and winners of the categories not chosen as the overall winner receive £250 (or currency equivalent). The final shortlist selected by the judges will be displayed in an online exhibition. 

The 2017 competition is now closed.