2017 Art of Physics Competition

The challenge is to capture photographically a beautiful or unusual physics phenomenon and explain it in less than 200 words in terms that everyone can understand.

CAP is currently accepting entries in three categories of competition:

  1. students up to high school/CEGEP graduation;
  2. High School/CEGEP Class projects - Teachers may submit only the top entry for each project/topic, and
  3. open (industrial and government establishments and commercially-funded research, universities, community colleges, charity-funded research programmes, teachers, laypersons, others).

Entries must be original artwork created by the participant. The deadline for the current competition is April 15, 2017.

The entry fee is $5 for category 1, $10 for category 2 and $10 for category 3.

Because of the required support material for entries, online nominations are not a viable option. The 2016 Entry Form is available at the bottom of this page.


The winning entries and honourable mentions from all categories will be added to the CAP's Art of Physics exhibition. A certificate acknowledging their achievement will be sent to winning participants. Some entries may be selected to be featured as a future cover for Physics in Canada. The teacher of the winning team (Category 2) will receive an engraved plaque for the school as well as a one-year complimentary high school teacher membership in the Canadian Association of Physicists. Prizes will be awarded in May 2016. Prizes awarded may not be exactly as described herein. 

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