“Science and NSF organized this worldwide competition to reward scientists for thinking outside the box and using visualization techniques to reveal the beauty and wonder of science,” said Monica M. Bradford, executive editor of the journal Science. “The contest winners communicate difficult scientific research in a way that the general public can understand. We appreciate their work.”
Currently in its seventh year, the international competition honors artists who use visual media to promote our understanding of scientific research. The criteria for judging the entries included visual impact, effective communication, freshness and originality.
The 2009 contest drew 130 entries from 14 countries, 23 U.S. states, and the District of Columbia.
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Scientific Computing article regarding the competition [here]