BMC “Research in Progress” photo competition – 4 weeks to go!

The BMC "Research in Progress" photo competition is well under way but there’s still time to get your entries in.

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.

Anyone interested in research and photography can enter from anywhere in the world and we’re looking for entries in the following categories:

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

To help provide some inspiration we’re highlighting some of the winning entries from our Breast cancer research image competition

Overall Winner – Rainbow Kaleidoscope by Ansel Lim. Click here to read about the winning entry.

… and some winners from last year’s BMC Ecology image competition.

Winner of the Conservation ecology and biodiversity research category – Flight of the Bumblebee by Elin Videvall – click here read the story behind the image.

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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