Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo & Video Contest

Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo & Video Contest

Neuroscience has come a long way since the hand drawings of Ramón y Cajal. Innovative technology continues to capture the wonder and beauty of the brain. We want to showcase the amazing images and videos from your research. Each year, regardless of discipline, career stage, or funding source, we invite all those engaged in the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative to enter your coolest, most artistic, and eye-catching images or short videos in the BRAIN Initiative Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo & Video Contest.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Photo Winners

  • 1st Place Photo: Thinking About a Greener Future by Allen Yen, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 2nd Place Photo: Model of Mouse V1 With a Neuropixels Probe by Barry Isralewitz, John Stone, Mariano Spivak, Kael Dai, Josh Siegle, Emad Tajkhorshid, and Anton Arkhipov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Allen Institute
  • 3rd Place Photo: Neuron on Fire by Olesia Bilash, New York University

Video Winners

  • 1st Place Video: DBS Lead Placement for OCD by Nicole Provenza, Raissa Mathura, Noam Peled, Evan Dastin-van Rijn, Kelly Bijanki, Sameer Sheth, David Borton, and Wayne Goodman, Brown University and Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2nd Place Video (tie): Pyramidal Tract Reconstruction In Vivo by Patryk Filipiak, New York University School of Medicine
  • 2nd Place Video (tie): Non-invasive In Vivo Mapping of the Human Amygdala Circuit by Josue Avecillas-Chasin, Ausaf Bari, and Jean-Philippe Langevin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 3rd Place Video: Reconstructed Mouse Cervical Spinal Cord by Jamie Anne Mortel, Salk Institute

If you have questions about the contest, please contact us at BRAINfeedback@nih.gov

Learn more about the contest and past winners by visiting the Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo & Video contest webpage.

Campaign Brief

Description and Background

The BRAIN Initiative® is part of an ambitious, public-private collaborative effort aimed at developing new experimental tools that will revolutionize our understanding of the brain. In addition to fueling discovery, new tools and technologies in neuroscience allow scientists to capture the wonders and beauty of the brain. The BRAIN Initiative Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo & Video Contest aims to celebrate the art of brain science by showcasing the amazing photos and videos made possible (or inspired) by studying the mysteries of the brain.

Eligibility and Rules

Regardless of discipline, career stage, or funding source, we invite all those engaged in the BRAIN Initiative to submit an entry to the contest. Please follow the rules carefully. Submissions that do not follow the rules listed below will not be considered.

  • Any individual or team is eligible to submit one photo and one video entry.
  • At the time of submission, participants must be 18 years or older after March 31, 2021.
  • Participants who won previous years' BRAIN Initiative Show Us Your BRAINs! Contests are not eligible to win this year but are welcome to submit entries.
  • You do not need to participate in the 7th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators meeting to enter or win.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions is May 9, 2021 by 11:59 PM (EST)
  • Photos and videos for final consideration will be chosen by May 14, 2021
  • Finalists' submissions will be posted on IdeaScale and open for public voting May 17 - June 10, 2021
  • Top three winners for each category (photo and video) will be announced during the 7th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators meeting on June 15-17, 2021

Evaluation Criteria

After the contest closes for submissions, the 2021 Program Committee for the 7th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators meeting will review anonymized submissions to narrow down the field to the top 12 photo and top 12 video entries they feel capture the creative spirit of the U.S. BRAIN Initiative.

Entries will be evaluated on:

  • Aesthetics
  • Creativity
  • Relevance to the U.S. BRAIN Initiative and/or field of neuroscience

Following the committee review, photo and video finalists' submissions will be displayed and open for public voting on IdeaScale. All entries will be made anonymous – only the photos or videos will be accessible, and voters will be blind to contest participants' names, affiliations, and all other personal information.

The first, second, and third place winners (confirmed by NIH BRAIN Initiative Director Dr. John Ngai following public vote) will be announced during the 7th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators meeting on June 15 - 17, 2021.

Prizes
Top three photo and video winners will receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishment, recognition during the 2021 BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting, and will have their submission posted on the NIH BRAIN Initiative website. Photo submissions will have a chance to be featured in next year's BRAIN Initiative calendar! Check out the 2021 calendar here.