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

Science Photographer of the Year

Winners Announced
0292 Orthophoto Of SS Thistlegorm By Simon Brown
CREDIT: Simon Brown

Science Photographer of the Year

The Science Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the remarkable stories behind scientific exploration and application, depicting its impact on our everyday lives and illustrating how photography helps record and explain global issues and scientific events. The competition is open to anyone, no matter their age, scientific knowledge or photographic experience. 

While entry to the competition is currently closed, explore this year's entries, and our collection of inspiring resources.

Learn more about the 2020 selected photographers below.

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2020 Winners
Sue Flood FRPS
CREDIT: Sue Flood

2020 Exhibition

Premiered at the Manchester Science Festival, we proudly bring you an exhibition of the selected images from the 2020 Science Photographer of the Year competition.

Image: Sue Flood

2020 exhibition
CREDIT: Science and Industry Museum

Science and Industry Museum

The 2020 Science Photographer of the Year exhibition was hosted by the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, as a key event of the Manchester Science Festival.

Part of the world-renowned Science Museum Group, the Science and Industry Museum is devoted to inspiring visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond.

It's a story that the Museum is uniquely placed to tell - on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city, today alive with innovative discoveries in science and technology.

Explore the Museum
Spherical Aberration By Richard Germain
CREDIT: Richard Germain

Interviews with past entrants

Listen to winners and entrants from previous competitions to discover the inspiration behind their images, why they entered and what having their work selected means to them.

Strawberry By Marta Garcia
CREDIT: Marta Garcia

Ideas for Young Photographers

Step by step guide on how young photographers can create beautiful images with everyday materials. Please do try this at home - but with supervision of course! 

Four Candles By Andrew Davidhazy
CREDIT: Prof. Andrew Davidhazy

Teaching resources

These resources were designed in partnership with Photopedagogy for teachers and students at secondary level.  However they can be adapted to other age groups and work as inspiration for anyone wanting to start their own project.

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