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Manchester Science Festival returns from Friday 12 – Sunday 21 February 2021 with a packed programme that explores our changing climate and ideas for a better world.

From immersive arts and theatre to family activities, talks and debates and more, Manchester Science Festival offers inspiring, entertaining and playful experiences for all ages.

Get up close to some of science's most cutting-edge developments in the fight against climate change. Enjoy fashion, food and sustainable living experiences, and talk to leading scientists and climate campaigners during a series of special events.

Taking place over February half term, with most events happening across the Science and Industry Museum’s city-centre site, Manchester Science Festival is not to be missed. 

The Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year Competition

Manchester Science Festival, produced by the Science and Industry Museum, will be collaborating with The Royal Photographic Society on their prestigious Science Photographer of the Year competition as part of the 2021 programme.

The competition is open to everyone and encourages photographers of all ages and abilities to capture images that show science in action, depict its impact on our everyday lives and illustrate how photography helps to record scientific events.

For the first time, there will be a ‘climate change’ subcategory, which will welcome submissions that tell the global story of climate change, showcase how science, technology and engineering are addressing this urgent issue and reveal its effects on our natural world.

The shortlisted photographs will be used to create an exhibition for Manchester Science Festival, bringing together science, climate and art in a stunning showcase of images. After its first showing at the Science and Industry Museum, it will tour the UK and internationally.

How to enter

The competition is now open for entries until 4 December 2020. Anyone aged 18 and over may enter Science Photographer of the Year, and those aged 17 and under can enter under Young Science Photographer of the Year.

For more information, including details of how to submit your photographs for the competition, visit the Royal Photographic Society website.

We will be announcing more highlights of Manchester Science Festival 2021 over the next few months.

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