The International Images for Science 2016 competition has opened for entries.

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Entrants are required to take a ‘visually appealing picture that tells a science story’, according to the Royal Photographic Society, which organises the free-to-enter contest.

The Gold Award winner will bag £1,000, Silver £750 and Bronze £500.

‘We want as many people as possible to enter this competition – school or college students, scientists, photojournalists, artists – everyone!’ said RPS coordinator Gary Evans.

Last year’s entries included the mould on a strawberry, and a bursting bubble.

‘Entrants can have fancy equipment or use a smartphone, it doesn’t matter,’ Evans added.

‘The important point is to capture your view of science in a way that tells a story to the average person.’

There are separate categories for entrants aged 18-25, and those aged 17 and under.

The closing date for the Siemens-backed competition is 1 May 2016.

Entrants must register online at www.rps-science.org.

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