​The 2015 winner of Materials Science Photo contest: scanning electron microscopy image of an osteocyte
​Composite image from the finalist images in the 2018 competition

Photo contest 2019

​How would you illustrate materials science research? We invite everyone at Chalmers and the Department of Biomaterials at University of Gothenburg  to the third edition of our photo contest. 

The photos that enter the competition are used to profile and promote materials science research at Chalmers and the Department of Biomaterials at University of Gothenburg. (We have had much use for the photos from the previous competitons!).

Be creative! If the research topic you have in mind is cellulose-based materials, your photo could be anything from a micrograph from an experiment to a close-up photo of a beautiful tree.

A jury will select finalists, and these photos will be exhibitied during the joint symposia Materials for Tomorrow/Light at the Naonscale 4-6 Dec 2019, where visitors may vote for their favourite photo. Fine prizes will be awarded to the thee photos with the highest number of votes.

Participation is free of charge.



Selection criteria: 
  • Originality
  • Overall impression
  • Composition (technical and aesthetic)
  • Narrative portrayal of our research

The procecude is simple:

  1. Take a picture that you think represents something that is going on in materials science research at Chalmers (or the Department of Biomaterials at University of Gothenburg)
  2. Come up with a great title and description
  3. Register by filling in THIS FORM​
  4. Send the high resolution picture by email to materials@chalmers.se or use Wetransfer.com​.


  • Contestant must be employee or student at Chalmers at the time of submission
  • Photos must be submitted in a common digital format (.jpg, .png, .tif)
  • Photos taken using a DSLR camera, a smartphone or a scientific instrument all compete on level terms
  • Some image editing is allowed; however we do not accept montage (fusing of several images, HDR, stitching), multiple exposures and double exposure. Removing or adding elements, for example, animals, plants, clouds, snowy weather etc. is not allowed.
  • Every contestant can compete with a maximum of 3 photos
  • The photos need to be in high resolution and be taken by the contestant
  • You must be the copyright owner of any works submitted (i.e. you cannot submit pictures that have been used in a scientific article where you have given away your copyright) and you also confirm you have the necessary permission from people who may appear in the photo.
  • Name the file firstnamelastname, and include a number if you submit more than on entry to the contest
  • Contestant retains ownership of the copyright in any submitted photographs. However, by entering photograph(s) in this Contest, contestant grants Chalmers the irrevocable, perpetual right to edit, adapt, use and publish in any media now known or hereafter discovered any or all of the photographs without compensation to the contestant, his or her successors or assigns, or any other entity. Photograph(s) shall be given attribution credit based on the name supplied with submission.

    Five finalist images will be selected from the entries by a jury consisting of professional photographer Dan Isaac Wallin, Mats Hulander, PhD and Per Thorén, PhD. The winner, 2nd and 3rd prize of the photo contest will be selected from the five finalist photos by attendees of the joint symposia Materials for tomorrow and Light at the nanoscale, where the five finalists’ entries will be displayed. The winner of the photo contest will be rewarded a research visit to an international university/research facility of choice, where travel and accommodation is covered up to a maximum amount of 25,000 SEK. The destination of the research visit must be approved by the president of Area of Advance Materials Science.
    The price cannot be shared or in any way be handed over to a second party but is to be used solely by the winner of the photo competition and is paid to the PI of the winner and will expire if not used before the end of 2020. The jury’s decision cannot be appealed.

Published: Tue 05 Feb 2019. Modified: Tue 10 Sep 2019