Call for Photos

Show your research and join the ICYMARE Photo Competition

ICYMARE Photo Competition

Our Ocean – Unusual to Sea: Young Marine Researchers show their amazing work

My research – wet and dirty

Here we call for photos of your marine field research. Beautiful sunsets at sandy beaches? Sometimes – but most often not.

Back to the future

Got an extraordinary experimental set-up? Show us your fancy equipment.

Ugly? So what!

Show us your research pet species. You have a special relationship, meet every day and know it inside out? But to others it looks “ugly”? Normal situation for marine researchers, here you can show it off!

Those are examples: You are welcome to give us a special insight into your research.

ICYMARE calls for the submission of iconic photos of young marine researchers and early career professionals to the ICYMARE Photo Competition. Show us your research and win an ICYMARE Photo Grant of 1000, 750, 500, 400 or 300 Euros!

The best photos will be featured on the ICYMARE homepage and the homepage of our media partner, the ECO Magazine. About 30 will be included in the ICYMARE Photo Exhibition, which will be shown at ICYMARE conferences and, from winter 2021/2022 on, will be available for display on demand.

All we need are your photos, a title, and a background story submitted not later than 15 July 2021 (NEW deadline!). The best photos will be featured during the closing ceremony of the virtual ICYMARE 2021 BERLIN conference on 24 September 2021.

Below, you can find a link to the submission platform and some guidelines for the upload. The photos will be evaluated by four independent jurors which are well known actors in science photography and communication. Submit your photos, show them to the world and enrich the ICYMARE Photo Exhibition.

We look forward to receiving your photos and to creating together an amazing exhibition of what (y)our research looks like!


The ICYMARE Photo Competition Jury


  • You took the photo yourself during your research activities.
  • Photos were taken after 1 January 2016.
  • The situation shown in your photo was not manipulated, e.g., wildlife animals were not baited with prey. It is allowed to submit photos taken in the context of an ethically acceptable scientific experiment.
  • Your photo must have a resolution of min 300 dpi and min 3000 * 1500 pixel. However, do not scale and do not change the resolution, only send images with the original pixel size.
  • Photos must be uploaded in JPEG format with high-quality compression (We will use winning images for high-quality production for the exhibition).
  • Please provide us with a title and a background story of about 300 words, which answers the following questions: who?, how?, what?, where?, when?.
  • If people are shown in the photo, you guarantee that they consented to be photographed. In case of a single person or of well visible groups of up to 4 people, please provide their full names in the photo abstract.
  • You hold the rights which you can transfer to ICYMARE to print your photo and include it in the exhibition. Of course, you will be mentioned as photographer.
  • The printed photo will include your name and the ICYMARE logo.
  • Each individual can submit at maximum of four photos.
  • Every young marine researcher can submit photos. While there is no age restriction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, as long as you define yourself as “young marine researcher” or at the “early career stage” ocean professional, you are welcome to submit. We do not have an age restriction.

Yes, you are still early career then. We do not have an age restriction.

The description should answer the following questions: who is in the photo?, how was the situation?, what is shown?, where was the photo taken?, when was the photo shot? The description should not be longer than 300 words.

The focus lays on early career research activities. Photos should not be taken before 1 January 2016.

If your photos show up to four well visible people, we ask you to provide the names of the people shown in order to assure us that they consented to be photographed. If people cannot be recognized individually or the group is larger than 4 people, individual names are not necessary.

No. Wildlife animals should not be fed or manipulated in order to take photos. Great white sharks attacking the photographers iron cage under water are a prime “no-go example”. However, it is okay, if animals have been fed under certain circumstances, e.g., in the course of aquaculture rearing or an experimental set-up.

No. The submitted photos should show your research and/or the context of it. Sunsets, etc., can also be photographed during a vacation anywhere on the world. Here, we want to showcase your research activities.

During the competition, the winners will be determined. The winners and their photos will be featured during the ICYMARE reception on 11 October 2021 in the dinosaur hall of the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Germany. The best photos will also be featured on the ICYMARE homepage and the homepage of our media partner, the ECO Magazine. The photos, but also other submissions will find their way into an ICYMARE Photo Exhibition, which will be developed in autumn and winter 2021. This exhibition is curated by the Bremen Society for Natural Sciences from 1864 (in German: Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein zu Bremen von 1864, short NWV). The society and the ICYMARE Organization Team will organize exhibition locations. Additionally, the exhibition will be available for exhibition on request, in part or completely, given that costs for transportation and set-up/take down are covered. For requests, please refer to: moc.e1632775437ramyc1632775437i@oll1632775437eh1632775437.

Depending on the submissions, we might consider preparing an illustrated book, which features the research activities of your early career researchers and ocean professionals.

For both cases, we might ask you if more photos similar to your submitted ones are available.

No. Please do not send us photos via mail or without us requesting them. We will approach you, if we feel that some other perspectives or additional material will help in the photo exhibition of the illustrated book.