Visualization Challenge

Visuals are an effective and creative way to communicate ideas and discoveries and to inspire a science-savvy, but not specialized, audience. With this competition, EarthScope aims to highlight and celebrate the most effective, stunning, and stimulating visuals conveying the work of EarthScope Scientists to a broader audience. Winners were determined by public vote through social media.

See 2017 entries

Visualizing Science Tips guide (pdf)


  • Entries must convey EarthScope-related science.

  • Entrant must be the main author of the submission (even when produced by a team)

  • Maximum of one entry per category.

  • Inappropriate or invalid entries will be dismissed.

  • Staff from Earthscope National Office, UNAVCO and IRIS are not allowed to participate.

Title and Caption:

Titles and captions are required and should be short and clear, in plain language. Aim writing for a middle schooler. Try this online tool to check your jargon:

Consider annotating your visual with important information where possible; details should not be buried in captions.

Motion Category rules:

  • One Motion submission per participant.

  • High-resolution video preferred.

  • Must have permission to use all media incorporated into the video and/or audio.

  • Video submissions require uploading a link to your content on Vimeo, Vine, Instagram or YouTube. To host your video on the Earthscope YouTube channel, contact us at

Static Category rules:

  • One Static submission per participant.

  • High-resolution images: 300dp minimum. 

  • Images must be submitted in either .png or .jpg formats. No size limit.

  • Must have permission to use all media incorporated into the visual.

  • Must have permission to use the likeness of anyone recognizable in photography.