Science photo winner
The prize winning photograph

A researcher from the University of Birmingham has been awarded a prize in the inaugural Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) science photo competition.

BBSRC-funded researchers were asked to submit images that capture the excitement of new knowledge; the intricacies of research; or the sheer beauty of the natural world. PhD student Jolyon Troscianko’s success as winner in the Concepts category is down to his ability to achieve an image that not only has aesthetic merit, but also succeeds in conveying complex scientific subjects in research, issues in science and society, life in research, as well as contemporary topics in bioscience (such as, but not limited to, food security, bioenergy, and health).

Paul Gemmill, BBSRC Director of Communications and Information Management said: “The entrants gave the competition judges a difficult job because the standard of images entered for the compeition was remarkably high. The creative flair shown by scientists in our community is impressive and their skill in using photographs to communicate ideas in bioscience is highly commendable. We would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered for their efforts in creating these really wonderful images.”

Images were entered into one of three categories:

  • Concepts - illustrations of concepts in any area of contemporary bioscience research, including standard, generated or computer-manipulated images.
  • Agriculture, Food, Diet and Health - scientific images illustrating the science underpinning agriculture, food, and diet and health.
  • People - images of people that convey either the role of researchers or the impact of research on everyday life

The winner of each category receives £500 worth of vouchers to purchase photographic equipment. A runner up prize of £100 of vouchers is also awarded in each category. There is one overall winner of the competition who receives £700 of vouchers.

Further information:

University of Birmingham Communications Office

Anna Dingley, Tel: 0121 415 8134/07769 952763, email  

Anna Mitchell, Tel: 0121 414 6029/07920 593946, email  

BBSRC External Relations

Nancy Mendoza, Tel: 01793 413355, email:  

Matt Goode, Tel: 01793 413299, email:  

Tracey Jewitt, Tel: 01793 414694, email:  

High resolution images are available from the University of Birmingham Communications Office or BBSRC External Relations

The University of Birmingham has more than 28,000 students from the UK and around the world and around 6,000 staff. With an annual turnover of £441 million, the University is one of the largest employers in the West Midlands and its activities contribute £779 million to the region. For more than 100 years research at the University of Birmingham has contributed to the advancement of knowledge and its application on a national and international scale. Following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Birmingham was placed as the 12th university in the UK based on ‘research power’. For more information please visit  

BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £450 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

The Babraham Institute, Institute for Animal Health, Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Studies (Aberystwyth University), Institute of Food Research, John Innes Centre, The Genome Analysis Centre, The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh) and Rothamsted Research. The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.

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