NSERC Science Exposed Photo Contest


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


Science Exposed


Science Exposed is a contest organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and devoted exclusively to images of scientific research, in all fields of study. In 2016, NSERC was proud to collaborate with the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) and open La preuve par l'image to candidates all across Canada. Acfas is responsible for the Francophone segment of the contest, La prevue par l'image, and NSERC is responsible for the Anglophone segment, Science Exposed.

This contest is important because:

  • Researchers create, capture and use images that are vital to scientific discussion, education, and knowledge dissemination
  • Images are a powerful way of teaching and communicating
  • Images are now ubiquitous in everyday life; thanks to digital technology, the use of images has skyrocketed, especially on the Internet, which has become a highly visual learning medium
  • Researchers are being more frequently asked to share their work with the public, and images are an effective, relatable way to share scientific knowledge; they can convey emotion, beauty, and even surprise, while also fostering curiosity

Contest goals:

  • Showcase images of Canadian research
  • Foster interest in science and scientific curiosity in all audiences
  • Build a database of scientific images of Canadian research
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to new uses of scientific images


Contestants can apply either individually or as a group. Contestants must be involved in research in either the public or private sector.

Eligible contestants must fit into any of the following categories:

  • College or university undergraduate student researchers (in this case, students must apply as a group with their research professor)
  • Graduate (master’s or doctoral) student researchers or postdoctoral fellows
  • Research professors working at a postsecondary institution, or any other individual conducting research in a college, polytechnic or university setting
  • Researchers working in a public or private research centre

Contestants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or holders of a valid temporary resident permit. Foreign students must be living in Canada and studying at a Canadian institution to be eligible. For group submissions, the group leader and the majority of the team members must meet these criteria.

Please refer to the Eligibility guidelines for additional requirements.


Jury Prizes (x3) worth $2,000
People's Choice worth $1,000


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Read full contest details for submission instructions.

How to Apply

Please refer to the full contest details on how to submit your photo.

For Questions, please contact

For more information, please contact Comm@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

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Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
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