Breast Cancer Research Image Competition Announcement 2016

We are happy to announce the launch of our new scientific breast cancer image competition, in partnership with the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now and the leading breast cancer journal, Breast Cancer Research! Read on to find out how to enter…

Submission criteria

Any scientific image of breast cancer research can be submitted. We ask that submitters are affiliated with a research institution or hospital. Entries can be submitted to one of the four categories listed, and each entrant is permitted to submit one image per category

Opening date: Monday 8th February

Closing date: Friday 6th May

Winner announced: 27th of May


  • Immunofluorescence
  • Histopathology
  • Computer modelling and crystallography
  • Other research images


The images will be judged by Breast Cancer Now’s Scientific Advisory Board at their meeting in May where an overall winner and winner per category will be selected. The board consists of researchers and clinicians from diverse fields ranging from genetics to psychology.


The overall winner will receive some BioMed Central and Breast Cancer Now goodies, including a bag and T-shirt.

The BioMed Central Blog Network will post a Q&A with the winners of the competition, where they get a chance to expand on their research.

The winning images from each category will be featured prominently on the Breast Cancer Research journal website and may be used in its printed and online marketing material.

Breast Cancer Research will feature the overall winner during the award of their Best Selected Speaker prize at the UK Breast Cancer Research Symposium 2016.

Breast Cancer Now will also feature winning images on their website and display them in the Breast Cancer Now Toby Robins Research Centre in London.

Instructions for entry

Please email your images to with the subject line “Breast Cancer Image Competition 2016”.

The following information must be included:

Image Description (Max. 300 words):
File type:
Data attribution (if applicable):
Job title/position:
Twitter handle (optional):

By entering the competition you agree to release this image under a Creative Commons License.

Please attach your image entry to your email. 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.

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 Twitter @BCRJournal and @BreastCancerNow and looking out for #BCRimages2016

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