Enter your best science images in the 2021 Cool Science Image Contest
Some of the most striking scientific data — produced by experienced researchers and curious amateurs alike — is visual.
Students, staff and faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison employ microscopes, telescopes, cameras and scanners to make even parts of the world our eyes can’t perceive visible, understandable and often beautiful.
To celebrate the exploratory and artistic value of those images and videos, the 11th annual Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting the best visuals from members of the UW–Madison community.
Hundreds of images and videos — depicting animals, insects, plants, cells, stars, weather, nanoscale compounds and more — have been entered in the contest’s first decade. Any visual media produced during the course of research, scholarship or self-guided discovery are welcome. Previous winners include distinguished scientists who have gone on to win major international image contests, but every year’s crop of honorees includes dabblers and relative novices who captured something amazing.
Submissions are featured on university websites and other communications, and in exhibits on and off campus. Ten winning images and two winning videos are showcased in a fall exhibit at the Mandelbaum and Albert Family Vision Gallery of the McPherson Eye Research Institute, and for a year at Promega’s Fitchburg headquarters. If public health guidelines and campus policies allow, this year’s fall exhibit will be a double feature of winners from the 2020 and 2021 contests.
To enter your cool science images or videos, visit the contest webpage for guidelines, submission requirements and a link to the entry form. The submission deadline is May 7.
Winners, chosen by a panel of judges with experience in scientific imagery and visual art and storytelling, will be announced in May. Each winning entry receives $100 in gift certificates for Downtown Madison businesses and a large-format print of the winning submission. All qualified entries will be displayed around campus during science events throughout the year.