Judging Process.

Images will be shortlisted by our judging panel. The shortlisted images will be displayed online as part of a public vote to decide the winners and runners-up in each entrant category: Public, Researchers and Students.

The overall winner will be decided by public vote from attendees at the Great British Bioscience Festival in London. Only the category winners will be put forward for the overall winner prize.

James Cutmore

James Cutmore, Picture Editor of BBC Focus James is currently the Picture Editor of BBC Focus, the BBC’s monthly science and technology magazine, researching a wide variety of science imagery. He is also the Picture Editor for Immediate Media’s special editions team. His day-to-day role involves the sourcing of high-quality images and image-led feature ideas, as well as generating ways to illustrate a wide variety of scientific and historical subjects. James graduated from the University of the West of England with a BA in Fine Arts in 2004, and joined the magazine industry the same year. Since then he has also been a picture researcher for Sky at Night Magazine and BBC Knowledge Magazine.

Dr Smita Kurup

Dr Smita Kurup, Head of Bioimaging at Rothamsted Research Smita is Head of Bioimaging at Rothamsted Research. She is a cell biologist who specialises in live-cell imaging using confocal microscopy. The bioimaging facility is a world-leading centre for microscopy in biological sciences and includes a diverse array of equipment for light and electron microscopy. Properly composed micrographs of the type produced in the facility are not only rich in information but also demonstrate the beauty of very small things in the natural world. Smita firmly believes visualization can revolutionise our understanding of how things work within cells and tissues.

David McMahon

David McMahon, Director of Photography University of Nottingham David is the Director of Photography for both the MSc Biological Photography & Imaging and The undergraduate program of photography at University of Nottingham. A position he has held for thirteen years. During this time he has seen over 250 master students pass into the world of natural history photography. Before joining the University of Nottingham, David was a successful freelance photographer working in the commercial industry and covering many major events, working in different genres of photography from social documentary, Pr and even sports photography.

Melanie Welham

Melanie Welham, Executive Director of Science BBSRC Melanie graduated from Imperial College with a degree in Biochemistry and studied for a PhD in cancer biology. After several years of post-doctoral research in Vancouver, Canada, investigating cytokine biology and signalling, Melanie was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Bath. Between 2003 and 2006 she was the recipient of a BBSRC Research Development Fellowship and was appointed as her Department’s first female Professor in 2004. Melanie was co-director of the University’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine from 2007-2011, building on her research interests in understanding the biology of embryonic stem cells. Melanie has been active in the Biochemical Society, as a member, then chair, of the Signal Transduction theme panel and member of the Biochemical Society Council. Melanie brings experience of chairing two BBSRC grant awarding committees to her role as Executive Director of Science, a position she took up in October 2012. As Executive Director of Science she oversees the development and delivery of BBSRC’s scientific strategy.

Matt Goode

Matt Goode, Associate Director, Communications and External Relation BBSRC As Associate Director, Communications and External Relations, Matt leads BBSRC’s strategy and programme of activities to build and maintain public and stakeholder trust in the organisation and in UK bioscience. Matt leads BBSRC’s External Relations Unit which is tasked with promoting public and stakeholder engagement with BBSRC activities, impact and research investments and ensuring that BBSRC is transparent, accountable and responsive to a diverse range of perspectives. Matt has been at BBSRC for over 10 years, during which time he has worked with research groups across all areas of bioscience and on some of the biggest bioscience stories of the last decade.