Illustraciència 2024 - International Award On Scientific Illustration

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Illustraciència 2024 - International Award On Scientific Illustration

Illustraciència 2024 - International Award On Scientific Illustration now is over!

Illustraciència 2024 - International Award On Scientific Illustration: The Illustraciència 2023 International Illustration Award has been recently opened for entries and like every year invites all teams and individuals aged over 18 years old worldwide to participate.

Short description

The National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid and the Catalan Association of Science Communication in Barcelona organize the 11th “International Award on Scientific and Nature Illustration ILLUSTRACIENCIA”, an initiative that promotes scientific culture and scientific illustration as well as that encourages the development and knowledge of this discipline, long linked to science and scientific dissemination.

Each participant may submit only one illustration.

The work must have been created between January 2023 and 31 March 2024.

The subject of the illustrations must be related to science or nature and the technique is free.

There are three categories:

Scientific: proposals that synthesize and visually represent scientific information with clarity, objectivity and rigor. They should have been made with the goal of helping to understand a text, a phenomenon or a scientific concept, and communicate or disseminate content related to any of the areas of scientific production and knowledge. These proposals can represent taxonomic characteristics, complex processes and relationships between different elements.

Naturalist: proposals that represent nature and its elements in a detailed way, with fidelity to reality. They shall use harmony in the compositions, both from the point of view of the illustrated elements and from the point of view of the colors.

Cajal Year: proposals submitted to the Cajal Year category must be related to the anatomy and physiology of the brain or the nervous system in general and/or with scientific content related to recent research in the area of ​​neurosciences.

On April 24th 2024, the 40 selected works will be announced. The notification of selected works will be sent by email to the authors. These selected artists must send the illustration prepared to be printed in A2 size (420 x 594mm) 300 DPI in CMYK during the next 7 days.

Submission requirements:

The size of the illustration must be uploaded at A4 (210 x 297mm) 72 DPI in RGB and it should not include watermarks or text (except signatures, numbers, figure letters or symbols included in the art work).

The participation form must include an original and rigorous informative text in Spanish, English or any other official Spanish language, from 100 to 150 words. In the case the text is not in Spanish, it must be provided also the corresponding Spanish version.

The text must have the following characteristics:

- It must rigorously describe the species or elements represented and explain the scientific, informative or artistic interest with which it has been created, as well as any scientific curiosity or relevant characteristic shown in the illustration. There requirements, as well as the quality of the texts, will be taken into consideration at the jury’s assessment.

Who may enter?

This award is open to individuals and teams made up of adults 18 years old or older, regardless of their country of residence.


The winner in each category will receive a prize of 1,000 €.

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