BMC “Research in Progress” photo competition now open for submissions


Have you heard? BioMed Central is becoming BMC.

At BMC, we believe our research communities share our enthusiasm for innovation, science and progress, and we would like to see it from your perspective – so we are launching our first ever “Research in Progress” photography competition!

We are looking for inspiring photographs that reflect innovation, curiosity and integrity in the following categories relating to research:

People at work

– showing researchers in the lab or with patients at a clinic, and authors and editors at work too. We want to capture all aspects of the research process.

Close-ups of equipment – Detailed, interesting close-ups and crops of equipment used in research and clinical settings.

Plants and animals – Interesting crops and details that add intrigue and focus to different aspects of research.

Microscopy – close-ups of cells or bacteria capturing the detail and unusual forms that they take.

Think bright, modern, interesting and forward thinking. Anyone interested in research and photography can enter from anywhere in the world.

Winners will be decided by a panel of BMC editors and designers, who will be looking for originality, photo quality, creativity, composition and visual appeal.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £250 (~ €300/$325), while the runner-up will receive £100 (~€125/$150). Winning images will be featured on the BMC blog, BMC website and our promotional materials.

How to submit

You can enter this competition by emailing your photo to Your entry must include the following details:



Description (Max. 300 words)

File type

Data attribution (if applicable)

Affiliation (if applicable)

I agree to release this image under a Creative Commons License (CC-BY):  Y/N

Twitter handle (optional)

How did you hear about this competition?

All images must conform to the following criteria:

  • A minimum 300dpi (1831 x 1831 pixels for a raster image).
  • In one of the allowable formats – EPS, PDF (for line drawings), PNG, TIFF,  JPEG, BMP, DOC, PPT [Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere.]


In line with our policies on open access, entry to the competition implies release of the images under a creative commons license, to allow file sharing with proper attribution. By entering this competition you agree to make your entry available under such a licence.

We’ll be posting regular updates on the competition throughout the coming months, so don’t forget to keep up to date by reading our blog or by following us on our Twitter and Facebook page. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email us at

Closing date for entries is midnight, 17th September 2017*, with winners being announced in September.

Good luck!

* It has come to our attention that some submissions to the competition may not have reached us. We are investigating this issue, but if you have previously submitted your photographs, we encourage you to resubmit to In light of this, we are extending our competition deadline to the 17th September.

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Davy Falkner

Dear Deepika,
Apologies that we did not reply before the closing date, but to answer your question there was no limit on the number of entries one organisation could submit.
We hope you were able to enter.

Many thanks
Davy Falkner

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