International science photography competition open for entries
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International science photography competition open for entries

Ant Holding a Micromechanical Gear : 2006 Manfred P Kage Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) holding a gear from a micromechanical device. The image was created in monochrome then later digitally colourised. KAGE Mikrofotografie, Institute of Scientific Photography, Lauterstein, Germany

Organizers of a worldwide competition for scientific photography are calling for entries for the International Images for Science competition. Photographers are encouraged to submit visually exciting and revealing pictures of objects and concepts relating to all areas of science. The competition, which is run by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), is free to enter, and this year will be accepting work from members and non-members alike for the first time.

In previous years the competition has been by invitation only, but with sponsorship from Siemens this year, as part of its Curiosity Project, everyone is encouraged to take part to compete for one of five awards. Categories have been set for age groups of under 17 years, 18-25 years and 26 years and over, and the top prize includes £1000 and a Royal Photographic Society gold medal.

The competition will culminate in a touring exhibition of 100 of the best images, which will begin at the British Science Festival in Bradford in 2015. Although the RPS has been central to science photography in the UK since it was founded in 1853, the society’s science competition has only been running since 2011. Claire Reese, the Science Exhibitions Coordinator of the RPS tells DPReview that 'For International Images for Science we are interested in images that illustrate the variety of ways photography is applied to modern science, from the microscopic to the astronomic. Images that put the scientific associations of the image to the fore but that are also stunning in their own right.'

For more information visit the International Images for Science website. To see winners from previous years visit the International Images for Science exhibition for 2013. You can also see images entered already.
The competition closes at midnight (GMT) on Monday 23rd March 2015.