The contest supports the atmosphere of discovery and wonder that nanoscience and nanotechnology research represents. The first objective of this competition is for participants to have fun. The second objective is to promote the public interest and acceptance of nanos: people new to the subject really begin to understand it when they see compelling pictures. 
Many of the illustrations, models and nanoscopic images produced in researching nanoscale science are very artistic in nature, transcending basic illustration.
For nRai® and the Nanosciences Foundation, this contest is important to reward the hard work of non-Faculty researchers.
 
Contest Guidelines and Rules
This contest is open to all students and post-doctoral fellows working in France or in the European Union. Images may be submitted by individuals or groups - but they should be 
the work primarily of students, rather than that of faculty. The typical significant length of the picture of the object under consideration shall be between 1nm - a few 100nm scale.
All work should be recent (completed within six months prior to submission) and original. The same image may be re-submitted up to three separate months, as long as the work is still fresh 
and has not previously won a prize. Images shall be submitted via our online submission form, by the last Friday of each month. If the file is too large, contestant should bring it on a flash drive, CD or DVD at the Foundation offices.
 
The winner will be announced by the fifteenth of the following month. The winning image will be displayed on the dedicated page of the Nanosciences Foundation website, with a link to our 
sponsor, nRai®, website. 
 
Winners will be awarded a prize of US$200 by nRai®. In the event of a team entry, equal portions of the prize will be distributed to members within the team.
At the end of each year the monthly winning entries will be entered in a final competition for the award of annual scholarships. Cash prizes for the top three of the 12 monthly competition 
winners in each calendar year – will amount to US$5 000 (1st prize), US$3 000 (2nd prize) and US$2 000 (3rd prize).
 
Judgment Criteria and Jury
Images will be ranked by a jury consisting of representatives from nRai®, the Nanosciences Foundation in Grenoble, the Collaborative Centre for Applied Nanotechnology in Dublin 
(Ireland), the London Center for Nanotechnology (England), the Interface Physics Group and the Gesellschaft fur Bioanalytik - both in Munster (Germany) for their striking beauty.