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Overall winner
2017 Winner 'Icy sugar cubes' by Peter Convey

On 1st June 2023 the competition will open to scientists, and winning entries will be 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 will be selected for each category. For the 2023 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 and 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

The overall winner receives a prize of £1,000 (or currency equivalent) and winners of the categories not chosen as the overall winner receive £500 (or currency equivalent). The final shortlist selected by the judges will be displayed in an online exhibition. 


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