1. The promoter of the competition is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) which is running the competition as part of its remit to generate public awareness of science and communicate research outcomes.
  2. The competition commences in May 2014 and the closing date is 6 October 2014. BBSRC reserves the right to extend the duration of the competition if necessary.
  3. Individuals must only enter one of three categories:
    • Public: this category is open to all UK general public over the age of 18. No BBSRC-funded researchers may enter this category.
    • BBSRC-researchers: this category is open to BBSRC-funded scientists. BBSRC Swindon office employees and their families are not eligible.
    • Student: this category is open to all individuals above the age of 18 in UK education from A-level to PhD level.
  4. Entrants may submit up to three images their category. The same image may not be entered in more than one category.
  5. There are seven prizes in total. The winner of each category will be awarded a voucher for £400 worth of photography equipment. Each runner-up will receive a £200 voucher. Category winners will go head to head at the Great British Bioscience Festival where the overall winner will be decided and will receive a £600 voucher.
  6. The category winners, runners up and judge’s favourite images will be shown at the festival.
  7. Entries will be judged on aesthetic merit and the ability to convey, with creative flair, complex scientific subjects in research, issues in science and society, life in research, as well as contemporary topics in bioscience. Judges appointed by BBSRC will decide the images that go to public vote and may find favour with images related to BBSRC’s core strategic priorities of food security & agriculture, healthy ageing, and industrial biotechnology.
  8. The image with the greatest number of votes online will win the category winner prize. The image with the second number of votes online will win the runner up prize. These images will then go to the festival in November and will go to public vote again to decide the overall winner.
  9. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
  10. Copyright of the entire image (before and after any manipulation) must be held by the entrant. BBSRC reserves the right to request confirmation of copyright.
  11. Entrants must declare if images have been manipulated (modified in Photoshop, for example, beyond light ‘touching up’).
  12. Entries must be in digital format (e.g. .jpg or .tif) at 300 dpi and have a minimum file size of 2MB and a maximum file size of 20MB. Images that have won a prize in any other major photo competition are not eligible, and negatives will not be accepted or returned. Images must not be stills taken from video.
  13. All images should have been taken on, or after, 1 January 2009. BBSRC does not accept any liability for lost, damaged, delayed or incomplete entries.
  14. BBSRC reserves the right to hold a non-exclusive license to reproduce entries in any media in perpetuity for promotional purposes without or providing payment for use, or claiming or affecting the copyright of the image which remains with the entrant.
  15. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
  16. By entering this competition you are deemed to accept these competition rules and the terms and conditions.
  17. Entries must not contain anything obscene or libellous.
  18. BBSRC reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of the competition.
  19. The judges’ and publics’ decision is final and binding. As such no correspondence will be entered into in this regard.
  20. The BBSRC shall not be liable for any loss or damage what so ever which is suffered in connection with the competition except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
  21. The laws of England shall govern this competition.