Visualization Challenge

Announcing a New Round in 2018!

Visuals are a highly effective and often creative way to communicate ideas and discoveries with both the public and the broader scientific community. With this competition, EarthScope National Office aims to highlight and celebrate the most effective, stunning, and stimulating visuals conveying the work of EarthScope scientists. If you have been imagining and drafting your EarthScope results in an aesthetic form, now is the time to think about sharing your best visuals!

Winners will be determined by public vote and disseminated through social media, so keep your audience in mind!

This challenge is open to the entire EarthScope research community, including faculty, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students who use EarthScope data in their research, as well as high-school students who are working on or with EarthScope data

Entries will be accepted in the following three categories:

  • Photography: Digital or film photographs, as well as images from sensors, microscopes, and similar instruments.

  • Motion: Short animations, sonifications, or video clips of <5 min.

  • Illustrations: 2D data visualizations, graphics, cartoons, drawings, etc.

Timeline: TBA

Fun Prizes!

For tips on visualizing your own science, please check out the Visualizing Science guidelines document (pdf).

VESS is open to the entire EarthScope research community, including  faculty, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students who use EarthScope data in their research, as well as high-school students who are working on EarthScope research.

Participants may submit one entry per category.

Submissions include the media, a caption, and a brief description of how the visualization relates to EarthScope.

Inappropriate or invalid entries (not EarthScope related) will be dismissed.

Winners will be determined by public vote and disseminated through social media, so keep your audience in mind!

The EarthScope National Office and its partners reserve the rights to use the material in publications and future outreach and education events, with attribution.

Photography rules:

Must be the author of the photograph. One Photography submission per participant. High-resolution images (300dpi) preferred. Images can be submitted in either .png or .jpg formats. No size limit. Must have permission to use the likeness of anyone recognizable  in the photo.

Motion rules:

Must be the author of the video and/or audio. One Motion submission per participant. High-resolution video preferred. Must have permission to use all media incorporated into the video and/or audio. Video submissions require uploading a link to your content on Vimeo, Vine, Instagram or YouTube. To host your video on the Earthscope YouTube channel, contact us at uaf-earthscope@alaska.edu

Illustration rules:

Must be the main author of the illustration. One Illustration submission per participant. High-resolution images (300dpi) preferred. Images can be submitted in either .png or .jpg formats. No size limit. Must have permission to use all media incorporated into the illustration.


Check out the submissions and winners for 2017!

  • Motion: Short animations, sonifications, or video clips of <5 min.

  • Photography: Digital or film photographs, as well as images from sensors, microscopes, and similar instruments

  • Illustration: 2D data visualizations, graphics, cartoons, drawings, etc.