Get Out the Visualization Vote!

The finalists for the Vizzies are in – and now it’s your turn to pick a winner.

2013 Winner (Photography)
The photography People's Choice awardee in 2013 shows the microstructure of a 2-millimeter-long fragment of self-assembled polymers, which University of South Florida materials scientist Anna Pyayt is using to build miniature "lab-on-a-chip" devices for biomedical diagnostic applications.Anna Pyayt and Howard Kaplan, University of South Florida

We love visualizations here at Popular Science, which is why we joined forces with the National Science Foundation to cohost The Vizzies — a competition to identify the most beautiful visualizations in the worlds of science and engineering. Hundreds of entries poured in for this year's awards, and two rounds of judging have narrowed those down to 10 finalists in each category. Now it's your turn to vote!

There are five categories—photography, illustration, posters and graphics, games and apps, and video—and the overall People’s Choice winner will receive a prize of $1,000._ Popular Science_ will showcase the The Vizzies in a special feature in the March 2015 issue of the magazine and on our website. Plus, winning entrants will receive a subscription to Popular Science (priceless!).

So, savvy readers, which visualizations should you award your vote? Whichever ones inspire you the most. But if it’s helpful, here are the criteria we used:

  • Visual impact: Does it express a new scientific insight? Is it striking? Does it convey the skill of the person who made it?
  • Effective communication: Is both the entry and its explanation clear and understandable?
  • Freshness and originality: Does it use new methods or insights to create a novel presentation or tell a compelling story?

Popular Science editors weighed in on the semifinal round, and we can promise there are some incredible entries this year. Check them out!