ENTRIES for 2019 are now closed.



The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) are teaming up to celebrate all sciences in the 20 year anniversary of the National Research Foundation and the 50 year anniversary of the HSRC. As we reflect on the past, we also look to the future. Under the overarching theme of innovation, the focus of this year’s competition looks forward to and imagines our world in 2030. What scientific developments will take us to 2030 and how will our world look? 

Share your photos of scientific research that will shape our world in 2030 or capture images that explain something about our natural and social worlds. We’re inviting all and anyone with an enthusiasm for science, professional and amateur photographers and scientists, and science communicators to participate.

Categories 2019

  • Capture images that illustrate the beauty of science or show science in abstract ways. Images are able to stand alone as a work of art.
  • Send us photos that reveal aspects of science we cannot see with the naked eye. Photos can be taken using macro lenses or by using techniques such as microscopy, x-ray, satellite or astronomical photography, or magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Photograph natural or social science in action. Photos could depict scientific phenomena, or science and research in action in the workplace of scientists and researchers. Nature photography that does not depict a specific event of scientific importance are not eligible.
  • Everyone has the right to have their inherent dignity valued and respected. Show how science or society contributes to upholding this right.

How To Enter

Entries will be judged by a panel of judges of scientists, photographers and science communication specialists.

You Could Win

Science as Art, Science Close-up, and Science in Action categories:

First place = R5000 plus Canon EOS 2000D DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS II & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Second place = R5000

2 X Third places = R2500 each.

The Dignity of All South Africans category:

First place = R5000 plus Canon EOS 77D DSLR with 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

Second place = R5000

2X Third places = R2500.

Best Overall Social Science photo relating to theme of innovation

Canon EOS 77D DSLR  Camera Vlogging Kit

Closing date for entries: 8 December 2019.

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