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The Art of Capturing Beauty at the Nanoscale


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NanoArtography 2023 
306 submissions
  from 36 countries
23 winners 
from 14 countries 
$2,700 cash prizes


Click here to view the

2023 award-winning images.

Image credit:  Sara Buondonno, Babak Anasori, Materials Today Cover 2017




NanoArtography is an international science image competition that combines nanoscience and art. The competition is open to everyone. NanoArtography was created and is organized by Prof. Babak Anasori.

Every year the competition has garnered hundreds of submissions, and researchers from over 20 different countries submitted images of their research to illustrate what they are studying and showcase its beauty.


The annual submission deadline is September 30, and the winners are announced in November of that year. To learn about the rules and dates of the NanoArtography Contest, go to the rules page


Prizes and judging: 

The winners will be awarded cash prizes in U.S. dollars. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place awards and three People’s Choice awards:


1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $100

People’s Choice: $500

Drexel People's Choice: $100

Purdue/IUPUI People's Choice: $100



1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place will be awarded based on the Judge’s choice. NanoArtography submissions are judged by a panel of experts with science, engineering, and art backgrounds. The judging will be done anonymously prior to the People's Choice posts on the NanoArtography Instagram page. Names or affiliations of the authors will not be shared with the judges until the People's Choice Instagram post.


People’s Choice will be selected as the image with the highest number of Likes on the competition's Instagram page. The NanoArtography committee reserves the right to make the final decision for the People’s Choice Award.

NanoArtography was created by Dr. Anasori at the A. J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute in 2016 and expanded to Purdue University in 2019. Nanoartography is organized by Dr. Anasori and the Anasori Lab at Purdue University.

NanoArtography is looking for sponsors for the 2024 competition.

If you are interested in learning about the benefits of becoming a NanoArtography sponsor, please email Prof. Anasori (

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