BMC ‘Research in progress’ photo competition – 4 weeks to go!

Be sure to get your entries in while there’s still time!

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of €550 (~£490/$645), while the runner-up will receive €350 (~£310/$410). The prize-winning images will be featured on the BMC blog, BMC website and in our promotional materials.

Your image should be related to research and can be focused on any area of your work, and from any discipline including physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. Anyone with an interest in research can enter, from anywhere in the world. We’re looking for bright, modern and inspiring photographs that reflect innovation, curiosity and integrity.

The winning entries will be chosen by a panel of Springer Nature employees, who will be looking for images that reflect originality, photo quality, creativity, composition and visual appeal.

If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a look at the winners and selected images from last year’s competition.

Overall Winner – “I Heart Research”
Sarah Boyle, Centre for Cancer Biology, Adelaide, South Australia.
Runner up – “The Power of Life”
Yuan Xiao Wei
Highly commended – Night Sky on Planet Acetaminophen
Karl Gaff
Highly commended – Double Butterflies
Jianing (贾宁)

How do you enter?

It’s easy. First ensure that your image conforms to the image criteria below*. Then submit your entry by emailing your photo to

Your entry must include the following details:

  • Name
  • Image
  • 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?

*Your image 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 license.

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, 16th November 2018, with winners being announced in December.

Terms and conditions apply.


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