YSJournal Photography Competition 2012

To Submit your entry, Click the link at the bottom of this page.

Before entering, it is advisable to read the competition rules (below). Also it is necessary to create an account before submitting. After creating the account, to make a password, just click edit for your account and the password entry lines will appear.

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The Young Scientists Journal (a free online journal for scientists aged 12-20 run by a team of 12-20 year-olds) is launching ascience photography competition

 We invite students aged 18 and under to take photos using any camera, phone or other device to compete for prizes according to their age group, related to a scientific theme.

The images will be judged on both an artistic and scientific basis, including image aesthetic, quality, originality and scientific relevance. We are open to any abstract interpretations of the themes. Heavily-edited photos may be disregarded by the judges.

 The Themes

For inspiration as to the subject matter of the photograph, a theme has been chosen for each age group and an additional overall theme (which is open to anyone 18 and under). It is essential that the submitted photograph is related to the chosen/relevant theme:

Age requirements

(age on 1st Feb 12) 


Prize (in Amazon vouchers) 

Winner           Runner-up


General theme (open to anyone 18 and under):


£150           £50

Under 12s:


£75             £25

Ages 12-15:

Science behind the Olympics

£75             £25

Ages 16-18:

The result of science

£75             £25

Entries are welcomed from students of any school, anywhere in the world. Participants in this competition may only enter a maximum of one photograph for each theme that is open to them.

 How to Enter

Go to our website www.ysjournal.com and after logging in as a user, click on the button of the YSJ photography competition. You will then find a form in which you must submit the following details: Name and e-mail address, age, theme selected, teacher, school you attend, date of picture taken and what camera/phone it was taken with and finally 150 -250 words on what inspired you to take this photo and the science behind it.  You then attach the photograph separately under file attachments. Please note that the maximum file size is 8MB.

It is stressed that entrants must be of the correct age for their group on 1st February 2012 and they must select the themes open to that age group. 



 Closing Date

All entries must be received by Young Scientists Journal by 01 May 2012.


There will be one prize (see above) awarded per winner and runner-up of each category in the form of Amazon vouchers.  The winning photographs, along with the runners up and other highly commended, will be published in a forthcoming issue of Young Scientist Journal.

The Judges

The panel of judges includes: Mr. Ian Wallace (head of photography at the King’s school Canterbury), Miss Christina Astin (chair IAB Young Scientist and Head of Science at the King’s School Canterbury), Ajay Sharman (regional director of STEMNET) and Fiona Jenkinson (head of the editorial team, YSJ).

If any problems are experience in entering the competition please join the forum entitled Photography Competition 2012 and we hope to get back to you within a few days.

Please note that all pictures must be verified as your own. You cannot use copyrighted material. Anyone found doing so will immediately be disqualified from the competition. The same consequences apply for anyone who does not meet the age criteria. If information from other sources must be used in the text description, the source must be referenced. Participants in this competition may only enter a maximum of one photograph for each theme that is open to them, if many are entered under a theme by the same candidate, only the first photograph to be entered by them will be accepted. Find out more at www.ysjournal.com under FAQ or join the forum on the website if you have any queries.

 Our thanks to STEMNET for providing the funding for the prizes.

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