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The EMBO Journal Cover Contest 2014 is now finished. We have two first prize winners and many gorgeous images which made it into the final round. The jury and the editors thank all participants for making the contest so much fun for everybody involved. Please have a look at our small (and necessarily selective) gallery of “Favourites of the Jury”.

We invite you to take part in the next round of the contest, which will be announced in autumn 2014. To receive an early notification of when the contest opens, send a quick email to us at covers@embojournal.org.

The contest, first organised by the editors of the journal for the year 2004, highlights the creative potential of the authors and readers of The EMBO Journal, and showcases the beauty they find in the scientific and non-scientific world around them. We are flattered that the contest has created so much interest and appreciation among our readers, although it remains an amateur contest that is run on very limited resources in house, by EMBO rather than by our publishers.

“Amateur” means that the major motivation for anyone to take part in the contest should be to “make it on the cover” of The EMBO Journal. Indeed, many of the cover images printed during the course of the year were originally submitted to the cover contest and selected by the jury for their aesthetic appeal and variety.

As a result, we are proud of our tradition to publish a journal that looks different from most other scientific journals, and different from issue to issue. Help us to keep that tradition alive by entering our contest and sharing your best pictures with us and our readers.

We look forward to seeing your submissions. Good luck.

The Editorial Team