The Art of Science

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 offers an opportunity to share the beauty of science through photographs and images that describe some aspect of research captured visually.

We invite entries from Binghamton students, postdocs, faculty and staff members in the following 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 will be evaluated based on scientific significance, originality and artistic and visual impact.

Contest guidelines

Entries must have been created in 2017 or 2018 in connection with research at Binghamton University.

Individuals may enter a maximum of two images per category.

For each image, please specify the category and submit a title and a caption of no more than 50 words.


Images must be sent to no later than Feb. 22, 2019. Attachments or links to Google Drive or Dropbox are fine.


This year’s judges are: Hiroki Sayama, director of the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems and professor in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering; John Tagg, SUNY distinguished professor of art history; Anju Sharma, senior scientist in the Analytical and Diagnostics Laboratory; undergraduate Rebecca Kiss, photo editor of Pipe Dream; alumnus and professional photographer Wasim Ahmad; and Joshua B. Ludzki, alumnus and co-founder of the LUMA Projection Arts Festival.

Opening reception / prizes

Prizes this year will include a drone camera kit worth several hundred dollars for Best in Show as well as high-quality prints of the winning entries in each category. The winners will be announced during Binghamton Research Days at the exhibit’s opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Center of Excellence on Murray Hill Road.

Curious about past entries? Take a look at our 2018 submissions: