Get your cameras! Giving Swiss research a face

The SNSF Scientific Image Competition encourages researchers working in Switzerland to present their works to the public and the media. Photographs, images and videos will be rated in terms of their aesthetic quality and their ability to inspire and amaze, to convey or illustrate knowledge, to tell a human story or to let us discover a new universe.All the entries to the competition (more than 1500 to date) are available in an online gallery on Flickr or the Social Media channels.

>Flickr galleries
>#SwissScienceImage on Twitter
>#SwissScienceImage on Instagram

This year, members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite images of all five competitions (2017-2021). Voting will be possible in March 2021.

>Link to the SNSF photo competition website

About the Competition

The competition is held annually. An international jury will meet at the beginning of the year and award a CHF 1,000 prize in each category for the winning entry, as well as CHF 250 for each distinction. The award-winning works are announced in April or May, displayed in an exhibition at the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography and made available to the public and the media, as well as to scientific institutions.

The competition has multiple aims: to highlight the growing role of images in scientific research, to reveal how scientific work is conducted and to give a face to the researchers conducting it. The competition also aims to encourage the media to use more images in their science coverage and make them accessible to the public through exhibitions.

We encourage researchers to pick up their camera and document the – often unusual – environment in which they work, and to give their colleagues a face.


David Spichiger, SCS