Science Photography Competition 2013 – now closed


Description: http://www.ysjournal.comournal/sites/default/files/imagecache/Featured2/images/Button%20image.pngThe Young Scientists Journal (a free online journal for scientists aged 12-20 run by a team of 12-20 year-olds) is launching a science photography competition. Click here to submit a photo or click the link below!

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 13) 


Prize (in Amazon vouchers) 

Winner           Runner-up


General theme (open to anyone 18 and under):

Medicine in Culture

£150           £50


Under 12s:

Speedy Science

£75             £25


Ages 12-15:


£75             £25


Ages 16-18:

Science in Detail

£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 and after logging in as a user, click here to submit your photo. 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 2nd February 2013 and they must select the themes open to that age group.

 Closing Date

All entries must be received by Young Scientists Journal by 15th  May 2013.


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: 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 (head of the editorial team, YSJ).

If any problems are experience in entering the competition please join the forum entitled Photography Competition 2013 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 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.

For more information, read the FAQs.

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