Poster competition

UPDATE: Entrants encouraged to apply digitally, judging to be delayed

The British Science Association is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and how it will affect our work. The 2020 British Science Week poster competition will continue to go ahead as planned, with students able to submit their entries until April 3. 

However, due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and for the convenience of participants, we are encouraging people to submit their entries digitally.  See below for more detail on this.

Posters can be made by hand or using a computer. We aren’t able to accept digitally animated posters, and all other competition rules remain the same. 

Teachers are encouraged to submit their entries to ahead of the April deadline along with their name, email address and postcode location. Please read the rules properly before sending your entries so your entries are complete and will be eligible for judging.

The judging of the digital and physical entries that have already been submitted will take place at a later date.

Key digital entry rules:

  1. One entry per email
  2. Subject line should state which age category the entry is for
  3. The body of the email should include: student(s) first name, organisation name (or if no organisation, parent name so we can identify full information from the entry form) and address, student age
  4. Only one photo per email
  5. You still need to fill in the online form with full details

This year’s theme is Our diverse planet! 

Our activity packs contain lots of activities on this theme, with anything from biological diversity and social diversity, to the diversity of knowledge and STEM careers. We are sure these activities will inspire lots of amazing and creative posters, and we look forward to seeing your entries! 

The British Science Association would like to thank Guinness World Records for sponsoring the poster competition again this year. Why not see if your students can make a poster about a world record that celebrates ‘Our diverse planet’?

Take a look at the 2019 winners here.

What are the rules?

All entrants must be within the age categories below:

Category             England & Wales                 Northern Ireland                    Scotland

Early years           Nursery/Reception                Nursery/P1                              Nursery/P1

Infant                    Year 1 – Year 3                       P2 – P4                                    P2 – P4

Junior                   Year 4 – Year 6                       P5 – P7                                    P5 – P7

Senior                   Year 7 – Year 9                      Year 8 – Year 10                     S1 – S3

We welcome entries from youth groups and other organisations in addition to schools. If you are a parent, you are also welcome to enter your child directly. Please ensure you include the full name of the person entering the student if you are not from an organisation. This way we can find your full contact details from the form you fill out below.

Key rules:

  • Entrants can be teams or individuals
    • teams will be judged in the age category of its oldest member
    • any prize awarded will be split across the team.
  • Each school/youth group can enter a maximum of five entries. We encourage you to run the competition with larger groups, but to select the top five to enter from your school. If you send more than five entries we will only be able to include the first five in the competition. You can award further prizes within your school level competition if you wish.
  • Entries must be 2D and submitted on one page of A4 or A3 paper only. (Flaps are allowed as long as the poster still makes sense without the flaps being lifted.) If submitting digitally please only send ONE image of a poster. Additional images will not be judged.
  • Work must be original and created by the student(s) – please do not use any templates.
  • Posters must include the following information (entrant details can be on the back of the poster or if submitting digitally please include this in the email, and include any further information in the online form below):
    • entrant first name (all names if a team) and entrant age (all ages if a team)
    • age category (of the oldest team member)
    • school/youth group name and address
    • Please note, the data submitted will be used for the administration of the competition. First names, ages and schools of students may also be shared on our website and social media pages – if you do not want this data to be shared online you should make this explicitly clear on the back of the entry/in your email submission, and we will only share school name.

How to enter?

  1. Once your students have completed their posters, please select the top five and send these in the post to us at: Poster Competition, British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5HD. Remember to include the key information we have asked for above, including student first name, age category and school name OR submit to (See above for further rules regarding submitting digitally)
  2. Complete this short online form.  This needs to be complete by the deadline for your entries to be eligible for judging! Even if you are submitting via email you need to fill in this form.
  3. Closing date for 2020 entries: Friday 3 April 2020 at 6pm. We cannot accept entries received after the closing date so please ensure they are posted in good time direct to us at the address above.

Please note that we cannot return any posters due to the number of entries we receive. If you want to keep your poster then we advise posting/emailing a photo and keeping the hard copy.

What are the prizes?

Prizes may include the following:

  • Merch packs from Guinness World Records
  • Copies of Okido Magazine‘s British Science Week Biodiversity special
  • Copies of Guinness World Records Gamer’s edition OR Guinness World Records Wild Things Edition
  • Copies of Drawing for Science, Invention & Discovery by Paul Carney

Prizes may vary by age category and by availability. We reserve the right to make changes to the prizes.

Any prize awarded will be split across the team should a poster be submitted by a team.

How will entries be judged?

Posters are judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity in approach – Innovative angle on the content or creative interpretation of the theme
  • Content – Clear, accurate and informative about STEM topic
  • Effective communication – presented and communicated in an engaging way

Entries will be shortlisted by members of the British Science Association and a panel of judges will select a winner in each category. The two runners up in each category will be uploaded to our Facebook page and the public will decide on a fifth ‘popular vote’ winner

Judging will not take place until we can judge all physical and online entries.

Why take part?

Last year approximately 69,000 students, from around 705 schools, organisations or individuals took part.

The BSA are Artsmark supporters and we believe children should have a well-connected and well-rounded school experience, learning science in context. Schools can include work towards the competition and other work in British Science Week in Artsmark applications and plans.


Full poster competition and prize T&Cs

  • Only up to 5 entries per school/organisation allowed
  • Only schools within the UK, including BFPO addresses, are eligible to enter the competition.
  • We reserve the right to make changes to prizes.
  • There will be 1 overall winner and runner up per age category. There will also be 1 popular vote winner.
  • Posters will be judged on creativity, how well they fit the theme and how well the poster has been made or drawn. The popular vote winner will be chosen based on likes via the British Science Week Facebook page.
    • The winner of the popular vote will be decided based on the post with the most likes.
    • The dates and times of the popular vote will be updated closer to the time. No likes after this date shall be counted.
  • Entries must be submitted via hard copy on A4 or A3 paper (photos of the original poster are accepted) via post. 3D models are not eligible for the competition. (Flaps are allowed as long as the poster still makes sense without the flaps being lifted.)
  • Posters will not be returned to their creators. If you wish to retain your poster you may take a picture of the original and submit the printed image via post.
  • Entries that do not include details of the entrants (see above) on the back of the poster/in the email will not be eligible to win a prize, although student names are not required and we encourage you NOT to send students’ full name.
  • All entries must be registered through the online survey (link above) to be eligible to receive a prize.
  • Winners will be notified via the email submitted through the online survey.
  • Prizes will be posted to the address submitted via the online survey.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition
  • If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within five days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner
  • The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. This includes any judging that occurs.
  • Entrant’s first name, age and school name will be announced on social media and on our website. If you do not wish for this data to be shared you should make this explicit on the back of the poster.
  • Entries may be displayed and used for marketing, with only first names used.
  • All entries must be made by post or to the correct email address, as listed above.
  • The closing date for entries is 6:00pm on Friday 3 April 2020. We can’t be held responsible for postal delays.
  • Prizes are non-transferable
  • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions