NanObjectives 4.0

Our photo contest continues!

The "Förderverein für Mikro- und Nanotechnologien Ilmenau e.V." and the IMN MacroNano® are again calling for a photo competition under the motto NanObjectives 4.0. We are again looking for images related to micro- and nanostructures and objects that appeal to a broad public. They should give the viewer an impression of research in the micro- and nanoscale: Surface structures, crystals, cell components or macroscopic images of nano-effects and related occurrences that can only be experienced through nanotechnology.

Scenes from everyday life in the laboratory are also welcome.


1st place: 500 €

2nd place: 300 €

3rd place: 100 €


In front of the lens, focus, go!

Browse through the hard drives, go to the microscope or take the camera.

Lutz Müller
Alexander Gross
Jonas Breiling

Conditions of participation

Images can only be sent by e-mail to to be submitted. To submit, please fill out the form and attach it to the email. Each file must be assigned a meaningful title (max. 150 characters). All natural persons are eligible to participate, but the board of MNI e.V., members of the jury and their relatives are excluded.

The closing date for entries is 31.05.2023. Images submitted after the closing date cannot be considered.

All common image formats are supported. Computer-processed photos must not contain any image parts from magazines, books, purchased CDs, etc. In order to enable optimal presentation at the planned exhibition, the images should be printable in large format (A3 with min. 96 dpi).

The participant grants the Förderverein für Mikro- und Nanotechnologien Ilmenau e.V. and the Institute for Micro- and Nanotechnologies IMN MacroNano® as well as the Center for Micro- and Nanotechnologies (organizer) the right to use and publish the submitted photographic material for the purpose of public relations and for presentation at photo exhibitions on the subject of micro- and nanotechnologies. There is no claim to publication. The participant grants the storage of the pictures by the ZMN, also beyond the picture competition. Any further publication of the submitted images will only take place in agreement with the participant.

Each participant grants the organizer the non-exclusive rights of use, unrestricted in terms of space, time and content, to the submitted images for use in the context of the competition and reporting on it (regardless of the media, i.e. including print).

The participant assures that he or she holds all rights to the submitted picture, that he or she has the unrestricted exploitation rights to all parts of the picture, that the picture is free of third-party rights and that no personal rights are violated in the depiction of persons. If one or more persons are recognizably depicted in the photo, the persons concerned must agree to the photo being published.

Michael Köhler
Frank Bucke
Min Zhou