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Announcing the "I Spy a Periodic Table" photo contest results

In celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table, we picked our top entries. Vote for your favorite and view all the submissions

by Dorea I. Reeser and Lauren K. Wolf

I spy with my little eye, 427 periodic tables! That’s right, we had 427 entries in our #ISpyAPeriodicTable contest. They flooded in from Twitter, Instagram, and our online form. The competition ran from Jan. 4 to Feb. 4 in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT).

It was a tough task, but the staff at C&EN picked their favorites in the following categories: cupcakes, fashion, historical, housewares, kids and pets, school and office, tiny tables, and other. Scroll down to check them out. You can view the entire pool of submissions we received in the interactive table at the bottom.

Now it’s your turn to vote. Select your favorite among the category winners by participating in our poll. The winner—the readers’ choice—will be announced March 4 and will receive a grand prize: a periodic table wall clock from our collaborator, ChemScrapes cartoonist Brendan Burkett. All other winners will receive a special periodic table travel mug.

Vote for your favorite

Here are the winners in each category, selected by C&EN. Voting for your favorite has closed. Stay tuned for the Readers' Choice announcement.

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Celebrating the periodic table

Dmitri Mendeleev published his periodic system for classifying all the known elements 150 years ago. That system gave birth to the periodic table we've come to know and love. To celebrate this anniversary, the United Nations General Assembly and UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. C&EN is joining the celebration by releasing original content—features, videos, photos, and more—throughout 2019.

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The International Year of the Periodic Table trivia quiz

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From our archives

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, C&EN is re-releasing its favorite essays from our 2003 collectors’ issue honoring the elements. Read the essay we release each month at the C&EN Archives site.

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