April 4, 2016

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has launched the 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. The competition recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers.

"Over the past five years, this contest has been effective at showing the public and decision-makers what the scientific process looks like," said Dr. Robert Gropp, Interim Co-Executive Director of AIBS. "Whether it is sharing photos of biological research or enabling visits by lawmakers to research facilities, AIBS is committed to disseminating information that will guide informed decisions about matters that require biological knowledge."

The theme of the contest is "Faces of Biology." Photographs entered into the competition must depict a person, such as a scientist, technician, or student, engaging in biological research. The research may occur outside, in a lab, at a natural history collection, at a field station, on a computer, in a classroom, or anywhere else research is done.

The First Place Winner will have his/her winning photo featured on the cover of BioScience, and will receive $250 and a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. The Second and Third Place Winners will have his/her winning photo printed inside the journal, and will receive a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience.

The winning photo from the 2015 contest is featured on the cover of the March 2016 issue of BioScience.

Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.

For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.

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