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STEaM Photography Show

Notification of juror’s selected photographs for exhibition will be sent out by October 7, 2016.

Photographs Accepted for Exhibition

  • Each photograph must be mounted in a window mat (There are no restrictions on mat color)
  • The minimum overall mat size is 11” x 14”
  • The maximum overall mat size is 20” x 24”
  • Mats must have a minimum of a 2 inch board on all 4 sides
  • Each matted photograph must be backed with a 3/16” foam board the same size as the mat
  • Each mat, photograph and foam backing must be securely adhered to each other to create a stable unit
  • Attach this PHOTOGRAPH LABEL FORM to the back, lower right-hand corner of the photograph’s backing board
  • Framed photographs will not be accepted
  • Photographs with attached hanging devices will not be accepted

Delivery or Shipment of Photographs to Museum

  • Hand-delivered photographs may be delivered to the Museum between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday only, between October 10 and October 21, 2016
  • Shipped entries must be packed in sturdy, crush-proof, reusable containers (Note: At the close of the exhibit, these containers will be used to ship your photographs back to you. Please enclose a pre-paid return label from FedEx, UPS or USPS)
  • Please do NOT use foam peanuts or shrink wrap to pack your photographs, as they make repacking exceptionally difficult
  • At the close of the exhibition, return shipping of photographs will begin on January 6, 2017
  • Hand-delivered photographs may be picked up at the Museum between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, after January 6, 2017. Any photograph not picked up by January 20, 2017, will be disposed of at the discretion of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Arrangements to pick up photographs at the Museum must be made in advance by contacing the Museum Registrar at 505-245-2137, extension 119

If your photograph has been accepted into the 2016 Atomic STEaM Photography Show, and you are shipping it or hand-delivering it to the Museum, please fill out this PHOTOGRAPH LABEL FORM and attach a copy to the bottom, right-hand corner of each photograph’s backing board.

Mailing Address

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, c/o Atomic STEaM Photography Show, 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123

Terms and Conditions 

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Competition Description

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host a photo art exhibit that invites members of the community to share their photographic talent and eye for everything that is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEaM). The “Atomic STEaM Photography Show” exhibition will open on November 5, 2016, and will display photography ranging from the literal engineering feats of the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza, to the abstract interpretation of science as seen through a plant experiencing photosynthesis. Though all photographs must relate in some way to the overall theme of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, they are open to interpretation by the photographer.

Any individual, from a professional photographer to a student with a camera phone, may submit a photograph to this competition/exhibition with the hope to not only win a cash prize but to also have their work on display in a nationally accredited, Smithsonian affiliated museum. All photographers will fall within one of two categories; "Youth" Category for anyone 17 years of age or younger and "Open" Category for all individuals, whether professional or amateur, who are 18 years of age or older. All selected entries will debut at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History from November 5, 2016, through December 31, 2016.


  • Youth Category (Individuals 17 years or younger)
  • Open Category (Individuals, professional or amateur, 18 years or older)

Competition Theme

  • Science 
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Mathematics

Panel of Jurors 

Daniel Kosharek, Curator of Photographery

LeRoy Perea, Photographer

Click here to learn more about our panel of jurors.

Awards for Open Category

  • 1st Place Award Open Category - $500 Cash Prize
  • 2nd Place Award Open Category - $250 Cash Prize
  • 3rd Place Award Open Category - $150 Cash Prize
  • Three Honorable Mention Awards Open Category - $50 Cash Prizes

Awards for Youth Category

  • 1st Place Award - $150 Cash Prize
  • 2nd Place Award - $100 Cash Prize
  • 3rd Place Award - $50 Cash Prize


  • Entry Deadline: September 16
  • Notification of Acceptance: October 7
  • Photos Delivered to Museum: October 21
  • Exhibit Opening: November 5
  • Exhibit Closes: December 31, 2016

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