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The DNRF Photo Competition 2021 is open

Again this year, The Danish National Research Foundation invites the Danish scientific community to submit their best photos for the foundation’s Photo Competition 2021. You can submit your photo until February 1, 2021. The foundation encourages individuals across every research field to participate.

By Mikkel Linnemann Johansson, , 11/18/2020

Photos have the ability to unseal the world of science in a surprising and inviting way by its beauty or otherwise fascinating appeal. The DNRF would like to share with a broader audience how scientific discovery each day advances our knowledge of ourselves and the world we live in. We will do this by telling the stories of your scientific advances or discoveries with a photo as a visual entry point.

To this end, the foundation launches the annual DNRF Photo Competition for the fourth time in a row, based on an interest in the photograph’s potential as documentation and communication of scientific research.

People from the Danish scientific communities are thus invited to submit their best photos to the contest and hereby contribute to scientific storytelling to a broad audience.

Winners will be elected by a panel assembled by the DNRF. This panel will also choose an additional ten photos selected for their individual significance.

The photos should not be produced to “look like art”, but rather evoke emotions, curiosity or wonder at the same time as it describes a scientific procedure or object.

Below you can find more information about the competition’s deadline, panel, and their selection criteria:

When and how:

  • Submit your photos now and until February 1, 2021, to      (1 photo per person)
  • Primo February 2021 the panel decides on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd price
  • Photos must be accompanied by a short text (max 100 words)
  • Only photos will be accepted (no power points, graphic figures, etc.)

Selection criteria:

  • Degree to which the photo evokes emotions in the observer
  • Degree to which the photo works as visual entry point to the story behind the specific research result
  • Aesthetic quality of the photo


  • Christine Buhl Andersen, Chair at the Ny Carlsberg Foundation board
  • Louise Wolthers, Research Manager/Curator at the Hasselblad Foundation
  • Minik Rosing, Professor at the Natural History Museum, vice-chair at the DNRF board and board member at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

For more information please contact Communication Consultant Argiro Hay Baltzis ( or at +45 2713 2764.

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Editing was completed: 18.11.2020