BMC “Research in Progress” photo competition – 10 days to go

There are only 10 days left to submit your entries to the BMC “Research in Progress” photography competition. The deadline for submissions is Sunday the 17th September.

We’ve received some fantastic entries so far but it’s not too late if you’re yet to enter your photos.

Anyone interested in research and photography can enter from anywhere in the world.

The overall winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of £250 (~ €300/$325), while the runner-up will receive £100 (~€125/$150).

Winning images will also be promoted on the BMC website and our promotional materials.

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

  •         People at work
  •         Close-ups of equipment
  •         Plants and animals
  •         Microscopy


In need of a little inspiration before you get snapping? Then look no further than the recently announced winners of our BMC Ecology image competition. We’ve also spoken to the overall winner on how they captured the winning image of a group of young giant South American turtles.

Overall winner – Giant South American turtles (Podocnemis expansa) taken by Ana Carolina Lima of the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

If the lab is more your scene, take a look at the winners of our Breast cancer research image competition. Again, you can find out how the overall winner captured the winning image, titled: ‘Rainbow Kaleidoscope’ in this Q&A blog.

Overall winner – Rainbow Kaleidoscope by Ansel Lim

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.

Good luck!

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