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 will be determined by public vote through social media, so keep your audience in mind!

This challenge is open to the entire EarthScope research community, including faculty, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students who use EarthScope data in their research.

Submissions include the visual;  short, clear title and caption using plain language; and a brief description of how the visualization relates to EarthScope.

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.