International Images for Science 2016

  • Diffusion

    by Pavan Nayan

  • Copper Displacement

    by Yan Liang

  • Styrofoam

    by Stefan Diller

The 2016 International Images for Science exhibition opens on 13th September with an awards ceremony at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

At the same time, the first of the touring exhibitions opens at The Crystal, a sustainable cities exhibition by Siemens in London’s Docklands.

An expert selection panel picked 100 images from over 2500 entries to create the exhibition. The images range from the highly technical taken with expensive equipment through to images shot on smartphones. The selectors had just one criterion – the images need to be visually appealing but also have a science story to tell.

This year 450 entries came from the 17 years and Under age group, a significant increase on 2015.

This year’s selection panel included:

Lindsey Goff (Editor, Biomedical Picture of the Day)

John Halton (Engineering UK)

Hugh Turvey HonFRPS (X-ray artist)

Patricia Walker (Siemens UK).


To see the images that were selected, along with the five awarded prizes, you can visit the RPS Science web site from 14th September.

The Prizes:

  • Gold Medal (26 & Over) - £1000
  • Silver Medal (26 & Over) - £750
  • Bronze Medal (26 & Over) - £500
  • Gold Medal (18-25) - £750
  • Gold Medal (17 & Under) - £500 towards photography equipment.


    Touring Schedule*:

    Current plans for the touring exhibition are listed below - other venues will be added to this touring plan as they are confirmed:

    London: The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks (13th September – 17th October 2016)

    Hull: Haymer’s College (26th September – 7th October 2016)

    Manchester Science Festival: Royal Exchange Theatre (22nd October – 1st November 2016)

    Banbury: Banbury Museum (21st January – 25th March 2017)

    Edinburgh International Science Festival:  City Arts Centre (1st – 16th April 2017)

    London: Royal Albert Hall (29th April –14th May 2017)

    Cheltenham Science Festival: Cheltenham Town Hall (6th – 11th June 2017)


    *As these dates may change, please remember to check with the RPS web site or with the venue before your visit.


    Entries for the 2017 exhibition will be accepted from 14th September 2016, with a closing date of 30th April 2017.

    To visit the dedicated website click here

    The Society would like to thank the 2016 International Images for Science sponsors; Headline Sponsor Siemens plc, Media Sponsor BBC FOCUS magazine and Print Sponsor Metro Imaging.

    Sponsor links:

    Siemens PLC

    BBC FOCUS Magazine

    Metro Imaging


    For further details, and enquires about showing the exhibition email

    To find out more about the exhibition visit:
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