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Explore. Inspire. Fascinate: FNR Science Image Competition 2022 – submit your images! Deadline extended

The FNR is excited to announce the third edition of the FNR Science Image Competition! Spanning four 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 the public. Deadline to submit has been extended to Sunday, 13 March.


Photographs and images 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 was organised for the first time in 2019 on the occasion of the FNR’s 20th anniversary. The awarded images have been exhibited in Luxembourg City, in Belval and in the Cloche d’Or Experience shopping center.

The images have for example been displayed in Cloche d’Or Shopping Center

An (international) jury will meet in Spring/Summer 2022 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 June, displayed in an exhibition and made available to the public, as well as to institutions.

For this third edition, the FNR has entered a media partnership with RTL. In collaboration with RTL, the FNR intends to organise a “Prix du public”. For this public prize, Internet users shall vote for their favourite photo via the RTL website.

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.

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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) Scientists in action (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) Science outreach activities

Photographs of an activity where researcher and science communicators 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.

Who can participate?

All researchers and science communicators 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. Luxembourgish PhDs who are active in a public research institution abroad, and who benefit an FNR AFR grant are also invited to participate. The works must have been produced less than 18 months before the deadline for submitting entries. Previously awarded pictures can not be resubmitted.

FNR Science Image Competition – Terms and conditions


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

Participation form


The FNR will appoint an independent 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:

  •, and their respective social media channels

Exhibition and online galleries

Further information regarding the exhibition will be published at a later stage.

The winning images and other submissions will possibly be presented at other exhibitions, and may be considered for inclusion in an edition of the FNR Augmented Reality “LetzSCIENCE” campaign, as well as online.

Discover the photos from the 1st and 2nd edition of the FNR Science Image Competition