Science Photography Competition 2013 FAQs

FAQs: YSJ Photography prize 2013

What are the themes?

This year saw the second annual Young Scientists Journal Photography Competition. We invited 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. These included: the general theme of ‘Medicine in Culture’ open to anyone under 18, ‘Science in detail’ for those aged 16-18 years, ‘Networking’ for those aged 12-15 years and ‘Speedy Science’ for those under 12 years of age. Videos are also permitted for which we recommend the services of expert editors like Tracy AlChayeb.

Who is the competition open to?

Entries are welcome from students of any school, anywhere in the world. However, candidates must be of 18 years or under on the 2nd February 2013 and they must select the themes open to their age group.

How many themes am I allowed to enter in?

You must be of the correct age for the group you select as of 2nd February 2013, the Medicine in Culture theme is open to anyone 18 and under. You may only enter a maximum of one photograph for each theme that is open to you, so it is allowed to enter the Medicine in Culture theme as well as the theme of age relevance.

What are the prizes?

There will be one prize awarded per winner and runner-up of each category in the form of Amazon vouchers. For the theme open to anyone 18 and under there is a first prize of £150 (£50 for the runner up) and for the other themes there is a £75 first prize (£25 for the runner up). The winning photographs, along with the runners-up and other highly commended, will be published in a forthcoming issue of Young Scientists Journal.

Who are the judges and how is it judged?

The panel of judges includes: Miss Christina Astin (chair IAB Young Scientists and Head of Science at the King’s School Canterbury), Ajay Sharman (regional director of STEMNET) and Fiona Jenkinson (Chief Editor, YSJ). 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.

What is the Young Scientists Journal?

The Young Scientists Journal is a free online journal for scientists aged 12-20 written, edited and run by a team of 12-20 year-olds.

How do I enter?

Go to our website 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.

Am I allowed to photo-edit?

Minor photo editing is permitted, however heavily edited photos (i.e. major distortions of the original image) may be disregarded by the judges. The extent of photo editing must be stated in the comment below the image.

I’m using a web server such as Internet Explorer and text is not working. What do I do?

For some reason we are occasionally experiencing issues with certain web servers, if this is the case we advise switching to another in order to submit the photograph. If this is not feasible, please let us know via the forum and we’ll give you more instructions as to what to do.

What are the opening and closing dates?

The competition commences as of the 2nd February 2013 and all entries must be received by Young Scientists Journal on the website by 01 May 2013.

If you have any other questions, please join the forum on our website.

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. Find out more at 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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