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2018 Life Science Image Awards

Submissions for the Life Science Image Awards 2018 have now closed. Shortlisted images can be seen here and at our upcoming events.

Register your place at the Prize-giving Cermony and Exhibition here.


The Life Sciences Initiative (LSI) is delighted to launch the second Life Science Image Awards. We are seeking outstanding and engaging images produced by Queen Mary University London (QMUL) staff and students under the themes of Health and wellbeing, Health and technology, and Beauty in medicine. Whether you’re forever seeing life from behind the lens, or simply have pledged to be more creative in 2018, this competition is the perfect opportunity to present your artistic perspective within the world of Life Sciences.

How to enter:

Once you have created your image and ensured it fits into one of our themes (read on for details of these) please complete our entry form.

When inputting the image description it is important to remember to use everyday, accessible language and to keep within the 100 word limit – failure to do so will result in your entry being delayed and/or disallowed.

You will receive an email from us shortly after your submission to confirm we have received it. We will then be in touch to let you know if you have made it onto the shortlist at the beginning of April.


  • Health and wellbeing
    How do you keep healthy? What does ‘wellbeing’ mean to you?
  • Health and technology
    What’s the future of health and technology? How can technology help to improve our health?
  • Beauty in Medicine
    Can medical research be beautiful as well as important? Is there beauty in science and research?


Shortlisted images will be displayed at the Festival of Communities and Ideas Unwrapped where audiences will vote for their favourite, as part of the “People’s Choice Award”. Competition winners will be announced at the prize-giving ceremony and exhibition in June, details to come.


£50 Amazon Vouchers

  • Awarded to the best image from each category, as chosen by our judging panel.
  • Also awarded to the People’s Choice winner – voted by the attendees of Ideas Unwrapped and Festival of Communities.

iPad Pro & Apple Pencil

  • Awarded to the overall prize winner, as chosen by our judging panel.

Our Judges:

While we are still confirming our full line up of judges for this year’s panel, we are delighted to welcome back Councillor Asma Begum (dependent on May elections), and to introduce our new panellist, Sabrina Taner, Wellcome Images. Find out more about the judges below.

Prof. Bill Spence, Interim Director Life Sciences, QMUL

Prof. Peter McOwan, Vice Principal (Public Engagement and Student Enterprise), QMUL

Councillor Asma Begum, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Sabrina Taner, Biomedical Images Co-ordinater, Wellcome Image Awards 

2017 Winners:

Need some inspiration? Last year we were blown away by the level of beauty and creativity presented in the submitted images. See the 2017 winners and shortlisted images here.

Entry Guidance:

  • You must have created the image yourself to enter the competition
  • Entrants must either be employed by QMUL or enrolled as an undergraduate student or postgraduate research student
  • Images can be digital or hard copy and created using any media, including photography, illustrations (hand-drawn or digital), paintings, cartoons, medical imagery such as MRI scans, microscopy, or any other artistic or scientific technique.
  • Images should be submitted as a .jpeg, be at least 300dpi (at A4 equivalent size) and up to 30 MB
  • Hard copy images should be a maximum size of 594 x 841mm
  • Images should be submitted with a title and a short description (max 100 words) using accessible language

To enter please submit your image via the online entry form (digital images can be uploaded in the form)

Hard copy entries should be submitted by post using the details below. Please also ensure you complete an online entry form.

Life Sciences Image Awards

64 Turner Street


London, E1 2AB


Questions? Email


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