Fotciencia 2019-2020

Scientific photography competition FOTCIENCIA

Photography has turned out to be a frontline tool for science, not only in registering what the eye perceives, but also, in many cases, in registering what is impossible to see. And this is what we discovered in the over 700 hundred photographs that participated in the 17th edition of the FOTCIENCIA Photography Competition, which the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT, Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología) holds every year together with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas).

The aim of this competition, which the Fundación Jesús Serra has been sponsoring for several editions, is to bring science closer to the people through an artistic and aesthetic perspective by using scientific images and a written comment about the fact they illustrate. A jury formed by professionals related to photography, microscopy and science selects the winners in the general and micro categories from the participating images. All photographs can be voted online via the website

This selection includes seven images that the jury has chosen as the winners by mainly taking into account three basic aspects: originality, artistic quality and scientific and informative content.

Out of the photographs submitted, the organisation will select 49 that will become part of a travelling exhibition that will arrive at different places in Spain throughout the year.

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