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National Science Foundation

Categories

Submissions for each category will include a visual entry as well as a written description of their visualization.

Photography

Digital or film photographs, including but not limited to as well as images from sensors, microscopes, telescopes, and similar instruments. Photographs submitted to the competition may not exceed 50 MB, and should not contain text. Visit the Winners page to see last year's winning photographs.

Illustration

Hand-designed or computer-assisted illustrations and drawings/paintings that conceptualize the unseen or recreate an object, process, or phenomenon without using text. Illustrations submitted to the competition may not exceed 50 MB. Visit the Winners page to see last year's winning illustrations.

Posters & Graphics

Hand-designed or computer-assisted illustrations, drawings, infographics, data visualizations, or photographs that conceptualize the unseen or recreate an object, process, or phenomenon, and include text. Posters and graphics submitted to the competition may not exceed 50 MB. Visit the Winners page to see last year's winning posters and graphics.

Interactive

Games, web applications, interactive visualizations, and smartphone or tablet apps that require user input. Entries must be self-guiding or include rules that explain the purpose, challenge, or goal of the interactive. Interactives should be free of charge and compatible with Microsoft Windows or Mac OS, or, for smartphone and tablet apps, both iOS and Android platforms. Entrants must provide any needed passwords required for access. Interactives will be evaluated based on the first five minutes of use. Visit the winners page to see last year's winning interactives (previously, the "games and apps" category).

image showing Earth and how carbon dioxide flows
A year in the life of Earth's CO2
The Vizzies - Experts' Choice

Video

Videos constructed from photographs, illustrations, or graphics, film, or digital visualizations to depict an object, process, phenomenon, or the natural world. Accepted video formats are MP4 and MOV. Videos will be evaluated based on the first five minutes of running time. Visit the Winners page to see other winning videos.

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