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National Science Foundation

About the Visualization Challenge

Some of science's most powerful statements are not made in words. From DaVinci's Vitruvian Man to Rosalind Franklin's X-rays, science visualization has a long and literally illustrious history. To illustrate is to enlighten! Illustrations provide the most immediate and influential connection between scientists and other citizens, and the best hope for nurturing popular interest. They are a necessity for public understanding of research developments.

The National Science Foundation and Popular Science are cosponsors of the long-running Visualization Challenge, now called The Vizzies. The competition, which runs through Sept. 15, 2015, aims to recognize some of the most illustrative and impactful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering.

Vizzies participants can submit their entries in one or more of five categories: Photography, Video, Illustration, Posters & Graphics and Interactive. The Experts' Choice winner in each category will be awarded $2,500, and the People's Choice winner in each category will be awarded $500.

Expert judges appointed by NSF and Popular Science will select a winner (Experts' Choice) in each of the five categories. People's Choice winners will be determined by public votes.

Contest winners will be announced in February 2016, and will be featured in the March issue of Popular Science, on popsci.com and nsf.gov/news/Vizzies.

If you have questions, please contact us at vizzies@nsf.gov.

NOTE: NSF previously cosponsored the competition with AAAS journal Science. The competition was formerly named the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis).

The video below highlights past winners of the Visualization Challenge.