24 May 2018

The beauty in science: share your research in a big photo contest for attractive data


For the fourth year in a row, scientists from around the world are contributing their best research imagery to the ARTiS photo contest, some of which will be displayed at a large University of Copenhagen exhibition. The panel of judges will present awards for everything ranging from microscopic imagery to classic fieldwork photos – all disciplines welcome.

Photo through a microscope of seawater bacteria. "Beauty in seawater", Jannicke Wiik-Nielsen, ARTiS, UCPH

10 - Beauty in seawater, Jannicke Wiik-Nielsen, ARTiS, UCPH

Science has many beautiful faces, as evidenced by past year's ARTiS photo contest. ARTiS meaning "ART in Science".

The University of Copenhagen ARTiS photo contest invites researchers from around the world to submit imagery of objects from their research project data.

The pictures will initially be judged by a panel of researchers, scientific journalists and artists, and some prizes will be given by the public using ARTiS' Facebook page and during an exhibition at the Copenhagen Culture Night 2018 - an exhibit that drew 4000 visitors last year.

Prizes will be awarded according to image category: nano, micro, mini, macro and mega and there is also a category for young scientists.

See the various ARTiS prize categories

Important to communicate with the public

Karen Martinez, an associate professor at the Department of Chemistry’s Nano Science Center, is the founder of ARTiS’and sits on the panel of judges. She sees the initiative as a great way to communicate with our surroundings.

“It’s more and more important to communicate to the public, both for discoveries and innovation. With the photos in ARTiS, we can trigger the curiosity of people. First, they appreciate the beauty and then they start to understand what is behind the beauty,” she says.

She emphasizes that all scientific fields are welcome to submit their fascinating and beautiful data, and that content can be related to anything, from biological material, archaeological finds to landscapes.

See photos from last year’s ARTiS