Ted Kinsman

The 2016 Vizzies

Once again, Popular Science has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to issue a challenge: Can you visualize a scientific idea, concept, or story in an arresting way? If so, submit your work to the 2016 Vizzies! You can enter over on the NSF site. The competition has five categories: photography, illustration, posters and graphics, interactive, and video, which should cover just about every way to communicate science visually.

We’re accepting submissions through September 15, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. After that, our panel of scientific and visualization experts choose the winners. Finalists appear online for a global people’s choice vote. Winners—both the people’s choices and the experts’ choices—will be featured in Popular Science and get cash prizes.

Need a little inspiration? Here are last year’s winners. They include a revealing X-ray of a tortoise and chemistry way more winsome than the typical science-class experiments. Plus, a number of last year’s winners and finalists were chosen for an exhibit last month at the Chicago Science Fest, displayed on big digital screens at the National Museum of Heath and Medicine in Chicago:

People milling about in a darkened room, looking at images from the 2015 Vizzies competition on screens
Finalists from the 2015 Vizzies competition, on display at the Chicago Science Festival in late May Michael Doyle

Enter today!