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About Chemistry in Pictures


C&EN’s Chemistry in Pictures launched in early 2014 to showcase the beauty of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the allied sciences. Through visually compelling photos and images, Chemistry in Pictures provides a window into the fascinating world of scientific research and discovery.

We draw our content from several sources: scholarly journals, C&EN editors, and reader submissions. If you have just one cool photo, or if you have 100, we’d love to hear from you at It can be a photo, an SEM, a micrograph, or any other type of image as long as it is visually compelling.

Chemistry in Pictures is curated by C&EN staff members Craig Bettenhausen, Manny Morone, and Alexandra Taylor.

C&EN's Chemistry in Pictures Zoom Backgrounds

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C&EN's Chemistry in Pictures Contest

Contribute your best photos and captions, and our editors will handpick their favorites. We’ll select and publish our favorite photos in C&EN Chemistry in Pictures. Monthly winners will receive a $50 cash prize, with a Grand Prize winner that will get their photograph published in C&EN magazine and receive a photography kit to use with their mobile phone.

Submit photos to the Submit Photo page, by email to or via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #CENChemPics.

Click here to read our rules and regulations.

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Share this contest with friends via Facebook and Twitter and encourage them to contribute for an opportunity to get your chemistry photography published.

You can follow us on twitter @cenmag, or on Facebook at C&EN News. Keep track of the contest at #cenchempics.