Fundación Jesús Serra Fotciencia18 Competition

18th edition of the Competition FOTCIENCIA scientific photography

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. 

The entry period for the submission of scientific photographs for the 18th edition of PHOTCIENCIA is open

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) have opened the entry period for submitting scientific photographs to the 18th FOTCIENCIA competition. The initiative, which is supported by the Fundación Jesús Serra of Grupo Catalana Occidente, aims to bring science and technology closer to society through photography. 

As in previous editions, FOTCIENCIA18 will select the best scientific images entered, which will be published in a catalogue and shown in a travelling exhibition that will visit different cities in Spain during 2022/23. This year, the initiative also incorporates a new type of participation to capture the crucial importance of scientific research and technology for addressing COVID-19.  

Entry period and requirements

People interested in entering have until 14 October at 13:00, local time in mainland Spain, to present their photographs in digital format. The images must be accompanied by a self-written text describing their scientific or technological content, and sent via a form available on the website.

Photographs must be original work and must not have been selected in similar processes and be related to science, scientific and technical research or their applications. They can also reflect aspects such as the subject of research study, the people who carry out it, its instrumentation and facilities, or the results of scientific progress. 

The images will be presented in one of the following categories:

  • Micro, when the actual dimension of the object photographed is less than or equal to 1 mm or the image has been obtained by means of a microscope instrument (optical or electronic) or diffraction techniques.
  • General, when the actual size of the object photographed is greater than 1 mm. 
  • Science in the classroom, when the images have been taken by the ESO (secondary education), Baccalaureate or Vocational Training students in their study centre. 

In addition, the images entered in the Micro and General categories may also be assigned to the following specific modalities:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Science versus COVID-19

A panel of judges will assess the technique and aesthetics of photography, as well as the informative nature of the text. The two winning entries in the General category and the two winning entries in the Micro category will be remunerated with an amount of €1,500 each. In the other modalities, one photograph will be selected that will receive a prize of €600. The selection of images belonging to the "Sustainable Agriculture" and "Food and nutrition" modalities will be supported by the Sustainable Agriculture Institute and the Food Agrochemistry and Technology Institute, both of the CSIC.

As in previous years, FOTCIENCIA joins the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so in the participation form each photographer must assign their image to one of the 17 goals.    
The FOTCIENCIA18 rules, the image entry form and the travelling exhibition calendar are available on the website 


Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) (FECYT) is a public foundation under the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Thanks to this collaboration, FECYT works to strengthen the link between science and society through actions that promote open and inclusive science, culture and scientific education, responding to the needs and challenges of the Spanish System of Science, Technology and Innovation.

About the CSIC

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and one of the first in Europe. Attached to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, its fundamental objective is to develop and promote research for the benefit of scientific and technological progress. The motor of research is formed by more than 130 centres and institutes, distributed throughout all the autonomous communities, and more than 12,000 workers, of which nearly 4,000 are researchers in the workforce. 

About Fundación Jesús Serra

Fundación Jesús Serra is a non-profit organisation created in memory of Jesús Serra Santamans, a recognised entrepreneur and patron, and founder of the Catalana Occidente Group. The Foundation promotes and supports initiatives in the fields of research, business and education, social action, sport and the promotion of art and culture, all with a shared commitment to Social Responsibility.

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