The NHMRC Science to Art Award biennially recognises outstanding examples of art that has arisen from research funded by NHMRC.

Imaging is now a central component for medical research. These images are not only scientifically important but they can also be aesthetically powerful. 

2017 Science to Art Award

Winner, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2017

Biological hardwiring

Joshua SS Li | The University Of Queensland, School of Biomedical Sciences

Image Source: Leica DMi8 Laser Scanning inverted confocal microscope (63x glycerol NA1.3 objectives)

Description: In the developing brain, neurons find their prospective partners with high precision. How this complex form of biological hardwiring is achieved remains elusive. This image is of the developing visual system of a fruit fly dissected, fixed, immunostained and whole-mounted. Photoreceptor neurons (top) project down towards the lamina neuropil (green) to establish synapses with specific partners. Experiments conducted in this system hope to unravel mechanisms of neurodevelopment.

2019 Science to Art Award

Entries for NHMRC’s 2019 Science to Art Award for outstanding images from medical research close 5pm (AEDST) Friday 11 January 2019.

How to enter

Submissions should be sent electronically in either jpg, tif, or ai. format at a minimum resolution of 300dpi to nhmrc.awards@nhmrc.gov.auA maximum of one original entry per person is allowed. Digitally enhanced or altered images are eligible. 

A covering email sent with the image must include the following details:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Institution
  • Title of work
  • The copyright status of the image
  • Image source (the equipment used)
  • A short (max 100 words) description of the artwork detailing its scientific relevance (this will be displayed with the artwork).

Important dates

Entries close: 5pm (AEDST) Friday 11 January 2019

Judging of images: February 2019

Winner announcement: The winner will be notified in February 2019, and invited to attend the NHMRC Research Excellence Awards dinner on 13 March 2019 in Canberra.

Terms and Conditions*

Conditions of Entry

  • The exhibition is limited to electronic images in the prescribed format.
  • Images must be generated from research funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
  • Where images are digitally enhanced, an explanation of the methodology used must be included.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The artwork must not have been exhibited prior to this competition.
  • Entry is limited to one (1) image per entrant.

Judging Criteria

  • Judges will consider the aesthetic value of images produced.

Judging process

  • The CEO, Council and Senior Executive of the Office of NHMRC will judge the applications.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding these conditions or judging of artwork. NHMRC’s decision is final.

Publicity and Promotion

  • NHMRC reserves the right to document, reproduce or otherwise use any image entered in the competition without charge.
  • Authorship of the artwork will be publicly acknowledged.
  • The rights of reproduction given to NHMRC are non-exclusive. The artist's moral rights will be observed.
  • Entrants will be responsible for satisfying copyright requirements.
  • This is a non-cash award.

*NHMRC reserves the right to amend any of the conditions of entry or details associated with the Science to Art Award.