Science Museum to host ‘Science Photographer of the Year’ exhibition

North American Nebula © Dave Watson

A series of striking photographs of science in action will soon go on display at the Science Museum as part of the Royal Photographic Society’s inaugural ‘Science Photographer of the Year‘ competition.

Running from 7 October 2019 to 5 January 2020, this free (but ticketed) exhibition will bring together science and art in a stunning showcase of images celebrating the wonders of the scientific world, with everything from space to the human body.


Mapping1_OxygenIb_PEM. © Yasmin Crawford


Visitors will be able to view the world around them through a scientific lens in a playful yet illuminating study of everyday materials, from the structure of soap bubbles to the crystallisation of Aperol (of ‘spritz’ fame) and even the unexpected formations of face cream.

The exhibition will also shed light on some of the more serious questions for which we look to science for answers, through thought-provoking images exploring human health, environmental conservation and the protection of endangered wildlife.


No.17 Colour Clouds © Kym Cox


The images on display have been captured using a range of modern technologies. From digital telescopes and the latest medical imaging equipment to the everyday smartphone, the exhibition showcases rare scientific phenomena as well as the science that affects our everyday lives.

The shortlist, decided by an expert panel of judges including the Science Museum’s Science Director, Roger Highfield, TV Presenter Dallas Campbell, Artist Zoe Laughlin and Medical Imaging Expert Catherine Draycott, was announced earlier today by the Royal Photographic Society.

The winning photographs will be unveiled at an event at the Science Museum in October 2019 to coincide with the launch of the exhibition.


Lovell Telescope Series 1C © Marge Bradshaw


Roger Highfield, Science Director at the Science Museum and competition judge, said:

“We’re thrilled to be hosting The Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year competition in an exhibition at the Science Museum. Since its inception, photography has bridged the worlds of art and science with images which spark and sate curiosity in equal measure. Through images of aesthetic beauty, we can tell stories about the universe and reveal places and phenomena that the naked eye will never see.”


Calmness of Eternity © Yevhen Samuchenko

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