FNR Science Image Competition


Deadline to submit is Monday, 15 February 2021.

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has announced the second edition of the FNR Science Image Competition! Spanning four categories, the award-winning works will receive a 1000 EUR prize and will be widely displayed. Luxembourg-based researchers, collaborators of non-profit organisations, as well as foundations engaged in scientific activities in Luxembourg are encouraged to pick up their camera and document the – often unusual – environment in which they work, or their objects of study and to share their passion with the public. Deadline to submit is Monday, 15 February 2021.

Photographs and images will be judged on their aesthetic quality and their aptitude to inspire and fascinate, to convey or to illustrate knowledge, to narrate a story, to engage the public to explore a new universe.

About the competition

The competition was organised for the first time in 2019 on the occasion of the FNR’s 20th anniversary. The awarded images were exhibited in Luxembourg City from September 2020 to January 2021, and printed in a limited-edition souvenir box.

For this second edition, an (international) jury will meet in April 2021 and award a EUR 1,000 prize in each category for the winning entry, as well as EUR 250 for each distinction. The award-winning works will be announced in June, displayed in an exhibition and made available to the public, as well as to institutions.

This project has multiple aims: to show the growing role of images in scientific research, to reveal how scientific work is conducted, to give a face to the researchers conducting it and to present various ways to engage the public with science. The competition also aims to bridge the gap between science & research and the general public, to show the dedication and fascination that fuel the scientists and, last but not least, to inspire the audience and bring it to discover a widely unknown environment.



  1. Object of study (image)
    From the microcosm to the macrocosm, images of the research object captured by scientists using a camera or generated by a computer.
  2. Scientists in action (photographs)
    Photographs of research in practice, presented by and featuring those conducting it.
  3. Places and tools
    Photographs of the surroundings in which scientists take measurements, generate data, share their passion, make discoveries and of the instruments they use while doing so.
  4. Science outreach activities
    Photographs of an activity where researcher and science communicators dialogue with the school children, students or the wider public or of interactive projects for school children, students and the wider public, giving them an overview of science and research and/or scientists’ research methods.

Who can participate?

All researchers and science communicators working at a public research institution in Luxembourg are eligible to participate. So are collaborators of non-profit organisations and foundations engaged in scientific activities in Luxembourg. The works must have been produced less than 24 months before the deadline for submitting entries.

Here are the terms and conditions.


Eligible people who wish to take part in the competition must fill in this form from the website of the FNR.

The winning images and other submissions will possibly be presented at other exhibitions as well as online: fnr.lu, science.lu and their respective social media channels. The winning images and other submissions may also be considered for inclusion in an edition of the FNR Augmented Reality “LetzSCIENCE” campaign.

Author: Emily Iversen (FNR)
Editors: Michèle Weber, Melanie Reuter (FNR)

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