The Art of Science

Faculty, staff, students and postdocs are invited to participate in our first Art of Science competition, organized by the Office of Research Advancement. Advances in imaging technology and tools mean that scientists have an increased ability to generate exciting data as well as to create compelling works of art. This contest is an opportunity to share the beauty of science through photographs and images that describe some aspect of research captured visually.

The Art of Science, a juried scientific image competition, will be divided into three categories:

  • The World Around Us: images in which the subject is visible to the naked eye
  • Visualizing the Unseen: images captured with the use of optics that extend beyond what the eye can see, such as microscopes and telescopes
  • Imagining Science: images that depict objects too small to be visualized directly, models of scientific phenomena or processes or interpretations of scientific information

Images must be submitted in digital form to artofscience@binghamton.edu. Each submission must include your name, title, phone number, category and caption. An individual may make more than one submission.

Images may be obtained using any imaging technique or obtained by combining multiple images into one artistic image. All images must have a connection to Binghamton University research.

Maximum file size is 15 Mb. We recommend the file size be no smaller than 3 Mb, although smaller file sizes will not be disqualified. Files must be .JPEG, .TIFF or .PSD. Submit the highest quality image possible with regard to file size, bit depth and resolution.

Entries are due March 24, and prizes will include Instax Mini cameras as well as a Go Pro camera for Best in Show.

Images will be evaluated based on scientific significance, originality and artistic and visual impact. Winners will be announced at a reception during Binghamton Research Days on April 19. Selected entries will be exhibited on campus, online and in print.


The contest is sponsored by S3IP and the Office of Research Advancement.

The panel of judges for 2017 is:
Jonathan Cohen, University Photographer
Steve Czarnecki, Associate Director of S3IP
Jessica Fridrich, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
JR Beckford, Project Assistant, Science and Technology Entry Program