The 2021 BRAIN Initiative Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo and Video Contest is Now Open

Illustrative camera icon with a photo of a brain.

Feeling creative? Help us celebrate the art of brain science! Our annual photo and video contest is open for submissions through May 9, 2021.

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.

Whole mouse brain with rainbow colored neurons.
2020 1st Place Photo Winner. “Cortical Forest”
Credit: Linus Manubens-Gil and Jim Swoger, Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG) and EMBL Mesoscopic Imaging Facility.

What: 2021 Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo & Video Contest

Who: All those engaged in the BRAIN Initiative regardless of discipline, career stage, or funding source

When: Entries accepted April 1 – May 9, 2021

Please submit your entries through the NINDS IdeaScale contest page. Submission details, including accepted file types and sizes, as well as additional information, is available on IdeaScale. Before you submit, you will need to register for IdeaScale. For instructions on how to register for IdeaScale, please watch this tutorial.

For each year’s contest, the BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting Program Committee reviews anonymized submissions and narrows the field to submissions they feel capture the creative spirit of the BRAIN Initiative. Finalists’ submissions are then posted online and open for public voting. The top three photos and top three videos are announced as part of the annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators MeetingWITH PRIZES!