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Gerd Guenther Bass Guitar String light micrograph
CREDIT: Gerd-A Günther

Science Photographer of the Year

Closing date for entries 4th December 2020
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CREDIT: Robert Croft

Call for entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 Science Photographer of the Year competition.

The competition celebrates the many realms of science and the powerful role of photography in its development. We’re looking for outstanding images that show science in action, telling stories behind scientific exploration and application, and illustrating the many fascinating and crucial ways that science impacts our lives, and our natural world, every day.

Our new category ‘Climate Change’ is for images that address global environmental and ecological issues.

There are two age groups:

Young Science Photographer of the Year (entrants aged 17 and under)

Science Photographer of the Year (entrants aged 18 and over).

Submissions are free and open to all, irrespective of scientific or photographic experience, or the equipment used.

Any questions? Contact us at

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Prizes for young photographers

Winners of the Under 18 age groups in our two categories will each receive a new camera, thanks to Olympus UK.

The winner of the climate change category will win an Olympus Tough TG-6 waterproof and shockproof go-anywhere camera, perfect for exploring the world around us.

The winner of the Young Science Photographer of the Year will win an Olympus OM-D E-M10ii SLR complete with 14-42mm zoom lens and a specialist 30mm macro lens.

Richard Germain Safety Corona
CREDIT: Richard Germain

Get started

Science takes many forms. Browse our helpful hints and tips to understand what we’re looking for.

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CREDIT: Turi King

Be inspired

Explore winning images and creative submissions from previous competitions. You’ll be surprised what cameras were used for some of them…

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CREDIT: Josh Whitmore

Ideas for Young Entrants

Step by step guide on how to create beautiful images with everyday materials 

SPotY Activities
Solar Power Technology By Aya Okawa
CREDIT: Aya Okawa

Focus on Climate Change

While much of the discussion of climate change has been illustrated with pictures of glaciers and hurricanes, you can take part with the things that surround you in and around your home. Here are some ideas for our young photographers.

Ideas on Climate Change
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FAQs and T&Cs

Read our most frequently asked questions and the competition Terms and Conditions.



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Eleanor Ryder Marine Microplastic Polllution Eyeliner
CREDIT: Eleanor Ryder

Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival will take place from Friday 12 – Sunday 21 February 2021. Produced by the Science and Industry Museum, part of the Science Museum Group, it is a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar and one of the most popular science festivals in the UK.

This year, the festival will be themed around climate and exploring the role of science, technology and communities in finding solutions to one of the world’s most urgent challenges. Visitors will be treated to an unmissable line up for all ages, including immersive arts and theatre, playful family activities and entertaining talks and debates. For more information click below:

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