FNR Science Image Competition 2019: Explore. Inspire. Fascinate!

On the occasion of the FNR’s 20th anniversary, the FNR is excited to announce the 2019 FNR Science Image Competition. Spanning five categories, the award-winning works will receive a 1000 EUR prize and will be widely displayed. Luxembourg-based researchers, collaborators of non-profit organisations, as well as foundations engaged in scientific activities in Luxembourg are encouraged to pick up their camera and document the – often unusual – environment in which they work and to share their passion with as many people as possible! Deadline to submit is Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

Photographs, images and videos will be judged on their aesthetic quality and their aptitude to inspire and fascinate, to convey or to illustrate knowledge, to narrate a story, to engage the public to explore a new universe.

About the competition

The competition is organised for the first time in 2019 on the occasion of the FNR’s 20th anniversary. In case of success, the project will be reiterated every year. An (international) jury will meet in October and award a EUR 1,000 prize in each category for the winning entry, as well as EUR 250 for each distinction. The award-winning works will be announced in November, displayed in an exhibition and made available to the public, as well as to institutions.

This project has multiple aims: to show the growing role of images in scientific research, to reveal how scientific work is conducted, to give a face to the researchers conducting it and to present various ways to engage the public with science. The competition also aims to bridge the gap between science & research and the general public, to show the dedication and fascination that fuel the scientists and, last but not least, to inspire the audience and bring it to discover a widely unknown environment.

We encourage researchers and scientists to pick up their camera and document the – often unusual – environment in which they work and to share their passion with as many people as possible.

Jury

The FNR will appoint an independant jury.

Award ceremony, exhibition and online galleries

Further information regarding the prize-awarding ceremony will be published at a later stage.

The winning images and other submissions will possibly be presented at other exhibitions as well as online:

  • fnr.lu, science.lu and their respective social media channels

Participation requirements

All researchers working at a public research institution in Luxembourg are eligible to participate. So are collaborators of non-profit organisations and foundations engaged in scientific activities in Luxembourg[1]. The works must have been produced less than 24 months before the deadline for submitting entries.

FNR Science Image Competition – Terms and conditions

Submission

Eligible people who wish to take part in the competition must fill in the participation form.

Participation form

Please send an email to didier.goossens@fnr.lu with a) this completed participation form and b) the unique URL for each participation form. DO NOT send any photography, image or video as an attached file to your email! The subject line of the email should be ‘FNR Science Image Competition 2019’.

Categories of the competition

Each participant may submit from 1 to 5 entries, in one or more of the following categories:

1) Object of study (image)

From the microcosm to the macrocosm, images of the research object captured by scientists using a camera or generated by a computer.


2) Women and men of science (photographs)

Photographs of research in practice, presented by and featuring those conducting it.


3) Places and tools

Photographs of the surroundings in which scientists take measurements, generate data, share their passion, make discoveries and of the instruments they use while doing so.


4) Video loop

Chronophotography, video or animated gif, documenting some aspects of categories 1 to 3.


5) Science engagement activities

Photographs of an activity where researcher dialogue with the school children, students or the wider public or of interactive projects for school children, students and the wider public, giving them an overview of science and research and/or scientists’ research methods.

Technical details

Photography

Digital image file obtained from a camera. Format: JPEG, PNG or TIFF. Maximum size: 100 MB. Minimum resolution: 2000 x 3000 pixels (16.9 x 25.4 cm to 300 dpi). Digital touching up permitted but has to be unmistakenly mentioned in the submission.

Image

Digital image file taken from a camera or computer-generated from data obtained through observation or computer simulation (excluding explanatory infographics). Others: see “Photographs”, above.

Video

Digital video file taken from a camera or computer-generated from data obtained through observation or computer simulation (excluding explanatory infographics). Formats: GIF, AVI, MP4 (edited in a loop). Maximum size: 300 MB. Duration: from 3 to 15 seconds. Minimum resolution: 480 x 720 pixels (DVD resolution). Digital touching up permitted but has to be unmistakenly mentioned in the submission.

Terms of use

The participants retain their copyright. They authorise the publication of the submitted images under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence: unaltered images can be used freely for non-commercial purposes as long as they are credited as the creator of the image.


[1] The FNR Science Image Competition is open to researchers of all nationalities who work at a Luxembourgish public research institution that has research as a main or as one of its legal purpose(s) in its mission statement, or non-profit organisations and foundations engaged in scientific activities, headquartered in Luxembourg.

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