In 2016, NSERC was proud to collaborate with the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) and open La preuve par l'image to candidates all across Canada. Acfas is responsible for the Francophone segment of the contest, La preuve par l'image, and NSERC is responsible for the Anglophone segment, Science Exposed

This contest is important because…

  • Researchers create, capture and use images that are vital to scientific discussion, education, and knowledge dissemination
  • Images are a powerful way of teaching and communicating
  • Images are now ubiquitous in everyday life; thanks to digital technology, the use of images has skyrocketed, especially on the Internet, which has become a highly visual learning medium
  • Researchers are being more frequently asked to share their work with the public, and images are an effective, relatable way to share scientific knowledge; they can convey emotion, beauty, and even surprise, while also fostering curiosity


Contest goals

  • Showcase images of Canadian research
  • Foster interest in science and scientific curiosity in all audiences
  • Build a database of scientific images of Canadian research
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to new uses of scientific images


All images for the 2021 contest must be submitted no later than Monday, January 18, 2021.