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National Science Foundation

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Photography

Film or digital photographs and photomicrographs, as well as images from sensors, microscopes, telescopes and similar instruments. Photographs submitted to the competition may not exceed 10 MB. Visit the Winners page to see last year’s winning photographs.

Illustration

Hand-designed or computer-assisted illustrations and drawings produced to 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, graphics and/or photographs to conceptualize the unseen or recreate an object, process or phenomenon. Text often plays an integral part in communicating a poster’s message. 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.

Games & Apps

Games and apps enable players of all ages to interact, have fun, and learn about science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. Entries must be self-guiding and include rules that explain the purpose, challenge and goal of the game or app. We accept video games and apps that are free of charge and compatible with Microsoft Windows, iOS and Android platforms, and must provide any needed passwords required to gain access. Games and apps will be evaluated based on the first five minutes of playing time. Visit the Winners page to see last year’s winning games.

print screen of the EyeWire game
EyeWire: A Game to Map the Brain
First Place, 2013

Video

Video incorporates hand-designed or computer-assisted illustrations, graphics, photographs, and text into moving images that depict an object, process or phenomenon, or depict the natural world. Videos will be evaluated based on the first five minutes of running time. Visit the Winners page to see last year’s winning videos.

mage of Earth from outer space
Dynamic Earth Visualization Excerpt: Coronal Mass Ejection and Ocean/Wind Circulation
First Place 2013
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