Brain Art Competition 2017

Link to submission form

In order to recognize the beauty and creativity of artistic renderings emerging from the neuroimaging community, we are launching the seventh annual Brain-Art Competition.

Countless hours are devoted to the creation of informative visualizations for communicating neuroscientific findings. The Brain-Art Competition aims to recognize this often unappreciated aspect of the publication process, and highlight the artistic creativity of our community.

We are inviting researchers to submit their favorite unpublished works for entry. Both team and single-person entries are welcomed. The competition will have six award categories:

  1. Best Representation of the Human Connectome
  2. Best Abstract Brain Illustration
  3. Best Humorous Brain Illustration
  4. Best Video Illustration of the Brain
  5. Best Brain Icon
  6. Special Topic: Best Stationary Representation of Brain Dynamics

The last two categories are new additions for the 2017 competition:

  • Best Brain Icon aims for submissions of icons, illustrations, logos — essentially, any line art images that could arguably represent a brain-related topic. Let’s help generate a repository for the world’s ever-growing brain initiatives!
  • Special Topic: Best Stationary Representation of Brain Dynamics aims for submissions of static images that convey changes in any aspect of the brain over time. The submission could represent moment-to-moment functional dynamics or alterations that occur across a lifespan — anything that introduces the fourth dimension onto the page.

Submission Deadline: 11:59PM CDT, Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Award Notification: Monday, June 26th, 2017


There are no limits to the number of submissions per participant or category; however, each image can only be submitted to a single category.

For images, we recommend a minimum of at least 300 dots per inch, and require the following file formats for image submissions: .jpg, .png, .gif. Ideally, images should be sized for an A4 (or 8.5” x 11”) sheet of paper. Maximum file size of 10 MB is appreciated.

For videos, we request that you post your video online to, and copy the link into the respective submission field. We ask that your video be a maximum of 5 minutes. If you do not want to make your video public at the time of submission, you can set the ‘privacy’ for your video to ‘unlisted’ in youtube, so that the video will only be available to those with the link.

Important: All submissions to the Brain Art Competition 2016 should be the artists’ own work, and not subject to any copyright violations. Licensing: Submissions will be protected under the following Creative Commons license:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

We are here to encourage and accommodate submission of your artwork.  If there are any concerns, questions, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us using the form below: 


Submission Form

Continue to the submission form to enter your work into the 2016 competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it the case that all submissions should be for communicating real research/results? Can I just make a pretty picture of a brain??

Submissions will be evaluated based on their aesthetic merit, and not on the underlying data used in the process of their creation. You are free to work with whatever data (or lack thereof) that you choose…

Can work that has not been published in an article, but rather as cover art be submitted? Why can’t published work be submitted to the competition?

Images that have been published are under copyright. Thus, if you created the original image, it can only be submitted if it has been modified from its original published version. We will accept submissions that have undergone even minor modification by the original creator from the published version.

Can I participate in the competition if I will not be attending the conference for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping?

Absolutely! We will contact all winners regardless of their attendance at the conference, and participating in the conference has not effect on the competition.

Why are we asking for the Creative Commons license?

We have previously been contacted by several news agencies and interested individuals, who requested to use the images for both personal use and publications. In order to facilitate distribution, we request your consent for similar sharing in advance.