April 14, 2015

Winning Photo Will Be Featured on the Cover of Bioscience

For immediate release: April 14, 2015

Contact: Julie Palakovich Carr, 202-628-1500 x 225, jpalakovichcarr@aibs.org

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has launched the 5th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. The competition recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers.

"There is growing awareness within the research community of the importance of illustrating for the public the many forms that research takes. Our journal, BioScience, just published an article about the broader impacts component of National Science Foundation grants," said Dr. Robert Gropp, Co-Interim Executive Director of AIBS. "This competition is one way that AIBS is encouraging scientists to explore creative ways to communicate science to policymakers and the public."

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 May issue of BioScience.

Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2015.

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

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