NSERC Science Exposed photo contest 2022

Jury Prizes (x3) worth $2,000

Science Exposed is a contest organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and devoted exclusively to images of scientific research, in all fields of study. In 2016, NSERC was proud to collaborate with the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) and open La preuve par l'image to candidates all across Canada. Acfas is responsible for the Francophone segment of the contest, La prevue par l'image, and NSERC is responsible for the Anglophone segment, Science Exposed.

This contest is important because...

Researchers create, capture and use images that are vital to scientific discussion, education, and knowledge dissemination.
Images are a powerful way of teaching and communicating.
Images are now ubiquitous in everyday life. Thanks to digital technology, the use of images has skyrocketed, especially on the Internet, which has become a highly visual learning medium.
Researchers are being more frequently asked to share their work with the public, and images are an effective, relatable way to share scientific knowledge. They can convey emotion, beauty, and even surprise, while also fostering curiosity.

Contest goals

Showcase images of Canadian research
Foster interest in science and scientific curiosity in all audiences
Build a database of scientific images of Canadian research
Contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to new uses of scientific images


Jury Prizes (x3) worth $2,000
People's Choice worth $2,000


Student researchers at the Master's or doctoral level, or postdoctoral researchers. Research professors in a postsecondary institution or any other individual conducting research in a college, polytechnic, or university setting. Researchers in a public or private research centre.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Images must be submitted with a three-part text description: a catchy title, a plain-language explanation of the research presented in the image, and a description of the technique or technology used to create the image. All three parts must be written in the language of the contest to which the image is being submitted—either in French for La preuve par l’image or in English for Science Exposed.