Show Me Your Science Without Telling Me Your Science – AGU21 Photo & Video Contest

 Contest Scope:

Show us your science without telling us your science!

Send us a video clip under 30 seconds or up to four photos that best describe your work as an Earth and space scientist – but without telling us what you do. Maybe it’s a video of your most recent field site, a photo of the instruments you use in your lab or a selfie with your state legislator.

Send us your entry by midnight ET on 15 November.

AGU will select five finalists from the submissions to display at AGU Central during #AGU21 and on our social media channels. Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Engaging content
  • Unique perspectives
  • Displays your science in a fun way

The five finalists will be put in a random drawing for the grand prize of a free in-person registration to #AGU22. The other four finalists will receive $25 to use at the AGU Central store at #AGU21 or #AGU22, or at the in-person stores at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022, AbSciCon 2022 or Frontiers in Hydrology 2022.

During AGU’s Fall Meeting, attendees can “guess the science” depicted in each of the five entries. Those who guess the scientific section of all five entries correctly will be entered into a separate random drawing for the chance to win a free in-person or hybrid registration to #AGU22! We will provide more details at the end of November.


  • 18 October – 15 November: Submissions open for videos & photos
  • 15 November: Last day to submit a video or photo for the contest
  • 16 November – 30 November: AGU ranks entries based on quality and creativity.
  • 1 December: The top 5 finalists are notified of their status via email and provided with a prize to be used at the AGU Central store.
  • 12 December: The top 5 videos/photos are posted on AGU’s YouTube channel and on social media, and the “guess the science” contest entry form goes live.

Contest Rules:


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must agree to the contest terms and conditions on the submission form
  • Employees and interns of American Geophysical Union and their immediate family members (children, spouse/domestic partner, parents and siblings) and others living in their household are not eligible or are excluded from the contest.

Video Requirements:

  • Video must be less than 30 seconds in length
  • We recommend that videos be filmed horizontally
  • The video must be your own original, unpublished work and must not include any third-party logos or copyrighted material. By entering the competition, you agree that your submission is your own work.
  • Submitted in one of the following formats:















HEVC (h265)

  • Failure to comply with any of the above requirements will result in automatic disqualification.
  • View our tips for filming a successful video and examples of what types of content you can submit.

Photo Requirements:

  • Images should be submitted in PDF, PNG or JPEG format at high-resolution. No RAW images or TIFF images will be accepted. File size should not exceed 10-megapixels.
  • Photos must be your own work and not include any third-party logos or copyrighted material.
  • View some examples of what types of content you can submit.

Contest Entry:

  • Fill out and submit the contest entry form.
  • Entrants must select from the dropdown list only one section that represents their science as featured in the photo/video. Sections are
    Atmospheric and Space Electricity

    Atmospheric Sciences


    Cryosphere Sciences

    Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

    Earth and Space Science Informatics




    Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism

    Global Environmental Change


    Mineral and Rock Physics

    Natural Hazards

    Near-Surface Geophysics

    Nonlinear Geophysics

    Ocean Sciences

    Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

    Planetary Sciences


    Science and Society

    Science Policy and Science Communication

    Space Physics and Aeronomy

    Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior


    Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology

  • All entrants must electronically sign and agree to the copyright transfer included on the entry form. AGU may use your design in future pamphlets, brochures, and informational booklets; at meetings, lectures and workshops; in public presentations during meetings and other events; in promotional and educational videos and on websites maintained by AGU.

Selection of Winners & Prize Criteria:

  • After the closing date for submissions (15 November), up to 5 entrants will be selected by AGU based on the following criteria:
    • Creativity
    • Engaging content
    • Unique perspectives
    • Displays your science in a fun way
  • The top 5 entrants will be notified via email by 1 December and will receive $25 toward merchandise at the AGU Central store at #AGU21.
  • Prizes may not be exchanged for cash and are valid toward AGU merchandise only. If purchasing items via the online store, shipping costs are the responsibility of the winner. Prize value is valid until 29 December 2023, and can be used at the in-person stores at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022, AbSciCon 2022, Frontiers in Hydrology 2022, AGU Fall Meeting 2022 or AGU Fall Meeting 2023.
  • Prizes may be used for AGU merchandise only and may not be used toward purchase of membership or meeting registration.
  • By submitting a form to enter the contest, you are agreeing that AGU may use your image/name in promotional materials.
  • Top 5 entrant’s photo/video content will be displayed at Fall Meeting. Fall Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to select the science featured in the photo or video. Those who select the correct science for each entry will be entered into a drawing to win one of two Fall Meeting registrations for #AGU22. Stay tuned for additional details!