Submit Your Masterpiece

Deadline for all submissions is Oct. 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Note – Only 2 submissions total by the same participant are permitted.

Trying to decide whether to submit to this year's Agar Art contest? Listen to what some of our past participants have to say about why they participated, then get started on your own entry!

Key Dates

Oct. 22, 2021: Submission deadline.

Nov. 8-19, 2021: People's Choice voting on Facebook.

Nov. 29, 2021: Winners announced.


Questions? Contact communications@asmusa.org.

What Is 'Agar Art'?

Have you ever seen art created in a petri dish using living, growing microorganisms? That's agar art! Creators use either naturally colorful microbes, like the red bacteria Serratia marcescens, or genetically modified microbes, like the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae transformed with violacein genes, as 'paint' and various types, shapes and sizes of agar as a 'canvas.' In fact, the original agar artist was none other than Alexander Fleming himself!
 
In 2015, ASM launched the ASM Agar Art Contest to share the beautiful and diverse world of microbes with the public. Submissions from past years of the contest have been featured worldwide:

Agar Art at Home

Interested in creating your own traditional Agar Art entry for this year’s contest? Edvotek® has created DIY at-home kits specifically for this year’s contest! Visit their website to check out what they have to offer.

 

ASM Agar Art Contest 2018, 1st Place. "The battle of winter and spring," Ana Tsitsishvili, Undergraduate Student, Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia.
ASM Agar Art Contest 2018, 1st Place. "The battle of winter and spring," Ana Tsitsishvili, Undergraduate Student, Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia.

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