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STEaM Photography Competition

Notification of acceptance into the STEaM Photography Show will be made by September 26. Accepted photographs will be due to the museum no later than October 15. Good luck!

Competition Description

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host its photo art exhibit that invites members of the community, both near and far, 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 3, 2018, 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 3, 2018, through December 30, 2018. Deadline for entries is Friday, August 31, 2018.


  • 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 - click here to learn more

  • LeRoy Perea
  • Trish Meyer

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: August 31
Notification of Acceptance: September 26
Photos Delivered to Museum: October 15
Exhibit Opening: November 3
Exhibit Closes: December 30, 2018


Each entry fee is $15, and there is no limit to the amount of entries an individual can submit.

How to Enter

All photographs MUST be submitted by August 31, 2018.

Only electronic images will be accepted for entry. No hard copy photos will be accepted.

Photos that have received previous awards from the Atomic STEaM Photo Show are not eligible for entry into show.

Each photo can be submitted electronically on our website or can be mailed to the Museum. If mailed to the Museum, it must be in an electronic format either on a flash drive or cd. Each online entry consists of one entry form, one entry fee of $15 and one image. There is no limit to the number of photographs that can be submitted per entrant, but each entry requires completion of this online form as well as a $15 fee.

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 8 and October 15, 2018.

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 4, 2019.

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 4, 2019. Any photograph not picked up by January 20, 2019, 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 2018 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 

Click here for terms and conditions.


Questions and inquiries about the Atomic STEaM Photography Show can be made to

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