The National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) (hereinafter MNCN-CSIC) and The Catalan Association of Science Communication (hereinafter ACCC), established in José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2 28006, Madrid (Spain) and in the Rambla de Catalunya, 10 1st – 08007 Barcelona, organize this award known as, “Illustraciencia, International Award on Scientific Illustration” sponsored by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)  Ministry of Science and Innovation and la Caixa.

Participation in this competition implies the automatic acceptance of the following rules. By participating, the author authorizes, not exclusively, the organization to use, reproduce or publicly broadcast their works and his/her name in all activities and publications related to the Award or those in which it is mentioned, without the participant receiving any compensation for their concept. The organization is committed not to commercialize or sell the works independently.

The participants assure and warrant to the organization that they are the soleowners of the copyright in the work submitted to the contest and that they are fully responsible for third party rights in their submitted works and any claims of third parties to image rights.

The MNCN- CSIC and the ACCC are exempt from any obligation or compensation to the Award participants if the award would had been cancelled or suspended due to force major or law. In this case, the organization would conveniently inform  the participants. In the broadest interpretation of law, the participants exonerate the ACCC of any liability, penalty, claim, demand or civil commercial, criminal or administrative cause, including compensation of any nature, expenses and costs for any complaint it may receive as a result of a breach by the participants of any of their obligations which arise from these terms (expressly including attorney and court fees).


All work teams or individuals over 18 years of age may participate in this award regardless of their country of residence. The winner of the previous edition, the organizing committee and the members of the jury are excluded from this call.


Each participant is only able to submit a  single work. In the case of entering as a team, all members should indicate their names. The work must have been created between January 2018 and October 30th, 2019. The subject of the illustrations must be related to science or nature and the technique is free. The participant must fill in the registration form on the website

The measure of the illustration must be A3 (420 x 297mm) 72 DPI in RGB and it should not include watermarks or text (except signatures, numbers or figure letters and symbols). The participation form should include text in Spanish, Catalan or English of (100-150 words) that explains, in addition to the species or element, some curiosity or characteristic shown in the illustration.

Optionally, the participants can send a text explaining the process of their illustration creation using photographs or videos to in order to be published in the Work in Progress blog section.

On November 19th de 2019, the 40 selected will be published. The notification will be made by email. The 40 selected have to send the illustration adapted to be printed size A3 (420 x 297mm) 300 DPI in CMYK.


Scientist Scientific and naturalist


From among all received proposals, the jury will select a maximum of 40 illustrations to be ingapart t of  Illustraciencia´s fifth edition exhibition taking into account their scientific accuracy, innovation and information capacity. Among these ones, the jury will select (unanimously or by a majority of votes) the winning proposal, and up to five special mentions to the most outstanding works. The Audience Award will be made through popular vote on  Facebook.


The 7th edition of Illustraciencia will award one illustration from each category. The author of the winning illustration of the 6th edition of Illustraciencia will receive 600 euros, while the author of the work selected by the audience will receive a diploma. The given Award will be subject to the tax provisions that are applicable.


The jury will be formed by representatives of the MNCN-CSIC and the ACCC, and professional experts belonging to the Illustraciencia advisory committee. From that date, the selected illustrators will receive the diploma via email.


Received proposals: 
1.10 – 31.10.2019 (23:59h Spain time)

Selected announcement: 

Public Vote: 19.11.2019 – 26.11.2019

Jury’s decision: 

The organization is allowed to exclude the participants that do not meet the requirements of these rules. Plagiarized works will be disqualified and archived on the web section of disqualified proposals.

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