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Science Photographer of the Year

Discover the diversity of science at this intriguing exhibition. Now showing at MOTAT.

The remarkable images in this exhibition bring together the worlds of science and photography in a competition organised by the Royal Photographic Society in the United Kingdom. MOTAT is excited to bring you its first showing outside of London.

The exhibition showcases some of the finalists and winners of the inaugural competition. It comprises 47 incredible photographic images showing off the diversity of science in action all over the world. 

Come and discover the beauty of raspberry mould, crystallised face cream and a safety pin as you’ve never seen one before. Meet the Confused Flour Beetle thanks to scanning electron microscopy. Marvel at breathtaking illuminations of the night sky, and see King Richard III’s skull. This exhibition is a must-see for photography aficionados, science enthusiasts and the general public alike. 


Entry is included in your MOTAT General admission ticket | Adult tickets just $9.50 during Alert Level 2 | 10am - 4pm Tuesday - Sunday


About The Royal Photographic Society (RPS)

The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, commonly known as the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), is one of the world's oldest photographic societies. It was founded in London, England, in 1853 as the Photographic Society of London with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography, and in 1853 received Royal patronage from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Duchess of Cambridge became the Society's Patron on 25 June 2019, taking over from Her Majesty the Queen who had been patron since 1952.


  • Under Aurora Bridge by Yevhen Samuchenko

  • Soap Bubbles by Kym Cox

  • Ribblehead Viaduct Star Trails by David Forknall

  • Glowing Safely by Richard Germain

  • Launch time by Morgan Trimble

  • Growl by Jason Chen