Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition 2018

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Application Deadline: 23:59:59pm (BST) on Friday 31 August 2018

The 2018 Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition is now open.

The competition is open to scientists, and winning entries are 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 are selected for each category. For the 2018 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 Photography Competition is open to scientists studying or working in science at graduate level or above, except employees of the Royal Society, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw.
  • No more than 20 entries per person are permitted, and each entry may only be submitted to one category.
  • Photographs must not have been taken more than five years prior to the competition opening date of Tuesday 15 May 2018.
  • Entries must not have been selected as a winner in any other competition prior to the opening date of Tuesday 15 May 2018.
  • In entering the Photography Competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Royal Society may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the Photography Competition.
  • The Royal Society reserves all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the Photography Competition.

Technical Requirements


  • Entries should be no larger than 10MB and be at least 300dpi, and should be submitted as either JPEG or TIFF files with no watermarks, signatures or borders included.
  • Permitted digital adjustments include tone and contrast, cropping, burning, sharpening, dodging, noise reduction, minor cleaning work, HDR, stitched panoramas, and/or within-camera focus stacking using multiple exposure taken at the same location at the same time. Any adjustments MUST be reported within the description and should not misrepresent the reality of nature. Focus-stacking after the images are taken is allowed for submissions to the micro-imaging category ONLY and MUST be clearly explained in the description.
  • The addition or removal of any animals or parts of animals, plants, people, objects, etc. is not allowed.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a description of the scientific phenomena shown, with information that could include, but is not limited to: location, species, behaviour and scientific context. A further description should be provided of how the shot was achieved technically, including any post-processing.
  • Submissions to the behaviour, ecology and environmental science, earth science and climatology, and astronomy categories that include computer manipulated and generated images, composite images, scientific illustrations, data visualizations, x-rays and CT scans will NOT be considered. However, submissions to the micro-imaging category ONLY can include micro-CT x-ray scans.
  • Images must not be false-coloured.

How to enter

  • The opening date for entries is 00:00:01am (BST) on Tuesday 15 May 2018. The closing date of the prize draw is 23:59:59pm (BST) on Friday 31 August 2018. Entries received after this time will not be accepted.
  • All entries must be submitted via the Competition submission website:
  • The Photography Competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
  • The Royal Society will not accept:
    (a) responsibility for entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind; or
    (b) proof of transmission as proof of receipt of entry to the Photography Competition.
  • By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.  A copy of these terms and conditions is available on our website: If you have any questions, please contact
  • The Royal Society reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition 2018

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