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An international association of photographers, videographers and graphic designers who create visual media for medicine and science.

Capturing images from science, medicine, and nature

BioImages 2021 is Open and Accepting Entries

BioImages is an annual online juried exhibition that showcases some of the world's outstanding images featuring the life sciences and medical fields. The 2021 competition is now open and entries will be accepted through 11:59PM (Eastern Time) on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Tunicate in fluorescent light © Oliver Meckes

The juried exhibition includes still, illustrative, graphics, and motion media work and is sponsored by the BioCommunications Association. It is open to individuals, institutions, and organizations. A BCA membership is not required to participate however being a member provides the opportunity to submit for free as a membership benefit. Enter BioImages today!

Virtual BIOCOMM 2021 - Staying Connected

Virtual BIOCOMM 2021

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic BIOCOMM will become a year of virtual events. Monthly Zoom sessions of workshops, plenary presentations, Infoshare and our annual Business Meeting and Town Hall meetings will be spread throughout 2021. Virtual BIOCOMM 2021 gives us an opportunity to stay connected while continuing to learn and network.

September BIOCOMM

Biomedical Animation: Using 3D Animation to Tell the Stories of Biology

Join us on September 28th for a presentation by Dr. Maja Divjak.

Many people are frightened of the biological sciences, both the ideas and the language. As 60% of our brain is devoted to processing visual information and we live in a digital world, what better way to make biology accessible than through captivating Biomedical Animation?

Join multi-award winning animator Dr. Maja Divjak as she takes us on a tour of this fascinating world and learn why it is vital for communicating about biology in the digital age.

DNA Damage Repair © Maja Divjak


Documenting Biofluorescence in Marine Animals

Join us on October 26th for a presentation by Connie Johansen about photographing biofluorescence in marine animals. You may have seen or heard about Bioluminescence in ocean creatures where marine organisms glow in the dark when disturbed. Other marine animals can make and exhibit neon colors when exposed to a light with a specific wavelength. Learn how to document this biofluorescence underwater or in tanks.

Sand Anenome © Constance Johnasen

Please join us each month for Virtual BIOCOMM 2021. All are welcome to attend! Come and participate and meet new colleagues.

If you have something to share please email Connie Johansen, Director Conferences.

Our in-person annual meeting BIOCOMM 2022 will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico October 10‑14, 2022.

BCA News Fall 2021

In the Fall 2021 issue of the BCA news find out about exciting changes that have been made to BioImages. Welcome new members, meet retired member Ken Sinclair, and give a fond farewell to Ron Irvine. Learn how to become a videographer for JoVE and photographing what’s in your garden.

The Journal of Biocommunication

This Special Issue of the Journal of Biocommunication, the professional journal of the Association of Medical Illustrators and the BioCommunications Association, is published in acknowledgement of this dark time in our professional history and in recognition of controversies that emanate from the creation of Eduard Pernkopf's Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy. The collection of resources in this Special Issue is intended to contribute to the current and future examination of medical legacies, to advance scholarship and Holocaust education, in many contexts, including biomedical visualization. This JBC Special Issue 2021 is dedicated to the memory of all victims of the Holocaust, and especially to those victims portrayed in the atlas.

BioImages 2020 Salon

The BioCommunications Association is pleased to announce the BioImages 2020 Salon! The Salon entries are now posted in the BioImages Gallery. Many thanks to the Judges for their hard work and expertise selecting this year's Salon and Award winners.