The National Science Foundation and Popular Science are cosponsors of the long-running Visualization Challenge, now called The Vizzies. The graphic design 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.
Digital or film photographs, as well as images from sensors, microscopes, telescopes and similar instruments. Photographs submitted to the competition may not exceed 10 MB.
Hand-designed or computer-assisted illustrations and drawings produced to conceptualize the unseen or recreate an object, process or phenomenon without using text. Illustrations submitted to the competition may not exceed 50 MB.
POSTERS AND GRAPHICS
Hand-designed or computer-assisted illustrations, drawings, infographics, data visualizations, or photographs that conceptualize the unseen or recreate an object, process or phenomenon, and include text. Posters and graphics submitted to the competition may not exceed 50 MB.
Games, web applications, interactive visualizations, and smartphone or tablet apps that require user input. Entries must be self-guiding or include rules that explain the purpose, challenge, or goal of the interactive. Interactives should be free of charge and compatible with Microsoft Windows or Mac OS, or, for smartphone and tablet apps, both iOS and Android platforms. Entrants must provide any needed passwords required for access. Interactives will be evaluated based on the first five minutes of use.
Videos constructed from photographs, illustrations, or graphics to depict an object, process, phenomenon, or the natural world. Accepted video formats are MP4, FLV, and MOV. Videos will be evaluated based on the first five minutes of running time.
The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2015. Contest winners will be announced in February 2016, and will be featured in the March issue of Popular Science.
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.
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.