BMC “Research in Progress” photo competition deadline extended

The deadline for the BMC "Research in Progress" photo competition has now been extended to Sunday the 17th September.

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.

About the competition

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

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.

What if I’ve already entered?

If you have submitted an entry before this date (23rd August) we kindly ask that you resubmit your entry to ensure that we have received it. We apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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.


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. You can find out more about the overall winning image and see the other great winners in each category in this blog.

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

Why not also take a look at the winners of our Breast cancer research image competition.

Overall winner – Rainbow Kaleidoscope by Ansel Lim

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!

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