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The Vizzies: Visualization Challenge

The most illustrative and impactful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering

National Science Foundation

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $2,500
Type of Challenge: Creative (design & multimedia)
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Popular Science Magazine
Submission Start: 01/16/2018 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 04/15/2018 11:59 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


Do you love animating data, creating science apps, or taking macrophotographs? In the Vizzies: Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, your handiwork can receive its due glory and win you cash prizes. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Vizzies competition, formerly known as The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, and we want you to help us celebrate! Enter your scientific or engineering visualization today to! Please direct any questions regarding this challenge to  


People's Choice
Cash Prize Amount: $500
Up to three People's Choice awards may be chosen from any category/media type, with each winning entry receiving $500.

Expert's Choice
Cash Prize Amount: $2000
Up to five Experts' Choice awards may be chosen from any category/media type, with each winning entry receiving $2000.


Vizzies participants can submit their entries in one or more of five categories: Photography, Video, Illustration, Posters & Graphics and Interactives. The Experts' Choice winner in each category will be awarded $2,000, and the People's Choice winner in each category will be awarded $250. Judging Criteria will be based on the following: Visual Impact A successful entry provides viewers with new scientific insight, is visually striking, and conveys the artist's skill and expertise in the chosen medium (e.g., photography). It conveys the artist's mastery of the fundamentals and principles of design and is executed with factual accuracy. Effective Communication A successful entry communicates in a clear and understandable manner. It uses plain language, both written and spoken, in the entry itself and its accompanying text. An entry also must convey science, technology, engineering, or mathematics principles. Freshness and Originality A successful entry has an individual voice, vitality, and energy, creates a novel presentation or tells a compelling story, and portrays new scientific insight and methods..   To view the Vizzies Participants' Guide which contains all rules, regulations, and frequently asked questions, visit us here: