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Scientists rewarded for creative flair in national science photo competition

19 February 2010

The winners of the inaugural Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) science photo competition are announced today (19 February 2010).

BBSRC-funded researchers were asked to submit images that capture the excitement of new knowledge; the intricacies of research; or the sheer beauty of the natural world.

Winning images

Click on the thumbnail below to view the image. Click on the preview image to view the full-size image.

Paul Gemmill, BBSRC Director of Communications and Information Management said: "The entrants gave the competition judges a difficult job because the standard of images entered for the competition was remarkably high. The creative flair shown by scientists in our community is impressive and their skill in using photographs to communicate ideas in bioscience is highly commendable. We would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered for their efforts in creating these really wonderful images."

Images were entered into 1 of 3 categories:

  • Concepts - Illustrations of concepts in any area of contemporary bioscience research, including standard, generated or computer-manipulated images
  • Agriculture, Food, Diet and Health - Scientific images illustrating the science underpinning agriculture, food, and diet and health
  • People - Images of people that convey either the role of researchers or the impact of research on everyday life

The winner of each category receives £500 worth of vouchers to purchase photographic equipment. A runner up prize of £100 of vouchers is also awarded in each category. There is one overall winner of the competition who receives £700 of vouchers.

The researchers' success in the competition is down to their ability to achieve an image that not only has aesthetic merit, but also succeeds in conveying complex scientific subjects in research, issues in science and society, life in research, as well as contemporary topics in bioscience (such as, but not limited to, food security, bioenergy, and health).


BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.


Matt Goode, Head of External Relations

tel: 01793 413299