BrainArt Competition

For the current year & past galleries

2021 BrainArt Competition

The OHBM Brain-Art Special-Interest-Group (SIG) is happy to launch the 2021 Brain-Art Competition! As for all initiatives of our SIG, this competition aims at fostering the dialog between artists and scientists.

We believe that the exchange of ideas and tools between these two disciplines encourages the development of novel approaches to scientific data visualization, and promotes the exploration of different perspectives on human brain structures and functions.

You can vote for your favourite original artwork by researchers, scientists, and everyone in between!

The 2021 BrainArt Competition is currently no longer accepting submissions. You can see the full exhibit and meet with the artists at the OHBM 2021 Annual Meeting!

Vote for your favourite artwork here:

!! New in 2021!! We collaborate with Open Science SIG and open the “output-of-hacking” visualization competition for the OHBM Hackathon 2021. Submit your visualization here. (Deadline: Jun 19, 2021).

2021 Theme and categories

This year there are six awards categories:

1) Big Data & Me
- We would like to celebrate the achievements of Big Data neuroimaging projects, while acknowledging the suffering of individuals affected with brain disorders.
2) Beautiful Mistake
- anything resulting from a artifact, bug, or failed attempt
3) Pictures to Prose
- brainart poem or brainart short story
4) Still Images
- brainart-related images
5) Videos and Animations
- brainart-related audio-visual and animation contributions
6) Logo for OHBM SEA SIG

Award notification will take place during the Annual Meeting so stay tuned!

Past Brain Art Competitions

Links to the 2020 and ealier Brain Art Competitions and winners may be found below.


The 2020 Brain-Art competition opened for submissions April 30, 2019. We accepted pieces for the following categories: 2D art (i.e., digital images such as drawings, photos, paintings); 3D art (i.e., sculptures & installations); Failed attempt/bug/artifact; and Special category on Neurodiversity. The full gallery for the 2020 competition can be found at the 2020 Brain Art Competition site

2019 and earlier

Brain Art Competitions from 2019 and earlier can be found at the Neurobureau Brain Art Competition site