Visualization Challenge

New Round!

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. Contest Rules & Tips available below. 

Upload a Flyer here.

Two Categories:

FUN Prizes:

First places will receive a “Slate 2+” (Static) or IPad Mini 2 (Motion)

Second places will receive an EarthScope soft-shell jacket and a special VESS mug

Third places will receive an EarthScope T-shirt and special VESS mug

Be surprised by the Expert Choice Awards!


  • Upload your submission online between June 25 and October 15, 11:59pm AKST (click on your category for upload)

  • Vote between October 22 and November 16, 11:59pm AKST

  • Contest winners will be announced at the EarthScope Town Hall at AGU 2018 in Washington, D.C (need not be present to win).


Public vote will determine the top three entries in both categories.

Up to three Expert Choice Awards will also be given for entries that demonstrate effective public communication, as judged by a panel from the EarthScope National Office, UNAVCO, and IRIS.


Free publicity for your research:

All entries will be highlighted on EarthScope, UNAVCO, and IRIS social media channels, and will be displayed during a final EarthScope public event in D.C.

The EarthScope National Office and its partners reserve the rights to use any submitted material in publications and future outreach and education events, with attribution.

We look forward to seeing how you share your science!

Visualization Tips

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.