Poster competition

Get more information now on our 2021 competition!

Yes, it’s true – our poster competition is BACK!

As the closing date approaches, encourage your children or students to get creative and enter our annual poster competition now! They can make their poster about whatever version of this year’s theme ‘Innovating for the future’ they’d like. Posters can be made by hand or using a computer. We aren’t able to accept digitally animated posters but static graphics are welcome!

To get inspired, have a look at our activity packs which contain lots of activities on the theme to help get those creative minds in gear. Inspiration can come from anywhere – innovation in technology or health care, or maybe even innovation that is used in STEM careers!

Still stuck for ideas? Have a look at last year’s competition winners here.

There’s still time; you’ve got until 30 April 2021 to submit your entries digitally via our online entry form along with the name of the artist, email address and postcode location.

We’ve got all the extra information you’ll need below including how to enter, the rules and most importantly, the prizes. We can’t wait to see your entries! With thanks to 3M for the support.

Our 2020 poster competition Early Years winner from Boxted St Peters CEVC Primary School

Why take part?

The British Science Association are Artsmark supporters and believe children should have a well-connected and well-rounded school experience by learning science in context. The poster competition can be a great way to do this!

Last year, we had entries from almost 350 schools, organisations and individuals.


How to enter?

It’s super simple…

  1. Once the masterpiece has been completed, upload it via the online entry form. Remember to include the key information we have asked for above, including first name, age, category, an email address and postcode location.
  2. Complete the short online entry form by 6 pm on Friday 30 April 2021 – unfortunately, we can’t accept entries after the closing time.


How will the posters be judged?

We wish that everyone could be a winner, but we only have a limited number of prizes. So, here’s the lowdown on what the judges will be looking for:

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

Members of the British Science Association will shortlist entries, 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.


What are the prizes?!

We have an assortment of fantastic prizes to be won this year! Depending on the age category, prizes include:

  • Books about inspirational figures
  • Primary science lab set
  • Circuit explorer rocket
  • GeoSafari vega 360 telescope
  • GeoSafari motorised solar system
  • Super magnet lab kit
  • GeoSafari Jr talking telescope
  • Nancy B’s science club microscope and activity journal
  • GeoSafari Jr talking wildlife camera
  • Adventure books
  • Plantlet culture kits
  • 6-month Okido magazine subscriptions
  • Giant colouring posters
  • Special interest books
  • Student creativity packs

Prizes may vary by age category and by availability and 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.

But wait, there’s more! We will also be giving prize bundles to the winners’ schools which include:

  • Creativity and Culture: Art Projects for Primary Schools
  • AD Magazine for Secondary schools
  • Working Scientifically booklet
  • Assessment booklet
  • Class set of career cards
  • Science resource packs

Thank you to our sponsors for these awesome prizes!


Centre for Industry Education Collaboration

Laurence King Publishing Ltd


Learning Resources Ltd


Little People, Big Dreams


NFU Education


National Society for Education in Art and Design


Quarto Kids


Specialist Crafts


Moving on to something less fun… (but important!), 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 everyone; schools, youth groups, parents entering their children or any other organisations!


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 one page of A4 or A3 paper only and you will need to take a photo or scan of it to send electronically.
  • Work must be original and created by the student(s) – please do not use any templates.
  • Posters must be uploaded with entrant details:
    – entrant first name (all names if a team) and entrant age (all ages if a team)
    – category (of the oldest team member)
    – 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 in your submission, and we will only share school name.


Full poster competition terms & conditions:

  • Only up to 5 entries per school/organisation are 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 digitally – scan or photos of the original poster are accepted. 3D models are not eligible for the competition. (Flaps are allowed as long as the poster still makes sense without the flaps being lifted.)
  • Entries that do not include details of the entrants (see above) in the entry form 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 form (link above) to be eligible to receive a prize.
  • Winners will be notified via the email submitted through the online form.
  • Prizes will be posted to the address submitted via the online form.
  • 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 entry form.
  • Entries may be displayed and used for marketing, with only first names used.
  • All entries must be made online, as listed above.
  • The closing date for entries is 6:00 pm on Friday 30 April 2021.
  • Prizes are non-transferable.
  • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.