Microbe Art Competition for International Microorganism Day 2023


Our much loved Microbe Art Contest is coming back again this year to support International Microorganism Day on 17 September 2023! Help celebrate the wondrous world of microbes by getting creative and sharing your art! #MicrobeArt2023

What is International Microorganism Day?

International Microorganism Day is an initiative which aims to raise awareness about the importance of microorganisms and microbiology research among the general public. It is celebrated every year on the 17th of September commemorating Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s letter, dated on this day, in which he notes his observations under the microscope. Learn more about how IMD started in this #FEMSmicroBlog.


What categories are there in the Microbe Art Contest?

Your entry to the contest can be an image, a photograph, a painting, a video, an animation, a cartoon, a petri dish… Just make sure that the whole piece of art can be viewed well on a single smartphone screen!

There will be the following categories:

  • Best Agar Art
  • Best Cartoon
  • Best Illustration or Painting
  • Best Photography
  • Best Physical Piece
  • Best Writing
  • Grand Prize: Best Art Overall


How to enter?

Simply, post your creation on social media (Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram) with the hashtags #MicrobeArt2023 and #InternationalMicroorganismDay and tag @FEMSmicro


Entry period and winners

The competition is open until 10 September 2023.

Winners will be chosen by the IMD team and announced on the FEMS social media channels and website on the 17th September 2023. Winners will receive a microbiology themed gift (Foldscope, microbiology clothing, microbiology themed art).

Like last year, the winners will be memorialised on the International Microorganism Day website.

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