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Arctic Science to Art Contest


We are now accepting submissions for the 2024 contest!

Early-career researchers, students and northern research assistants are encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge about an issue that affects northern communities and explain their work in plain language. Each year, the contest winner will collaborate with a graphic artist to create a comic strip about their research.

For this third (2024) edition of the Arctic Science to Art (AS2A) contest, APECS Canada is partnering with ArcticNet and the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF). In addition to collaborating with an artist to create a comic strip about their research, the contest winner will also have a chance to have their research and comic strip featured on ArcticNet's blog or podcast Arctic Mindedas well as in the ARF's blog Arctic Focus.


The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. Please stay tuned on our social media platforms for more details as they arise!

Submission details are below. In addition, check out our winning comic strips from the past two years at the bottom of the page!

Submission Criteria

To enter the contest, please submit:

(1) a 100-word plain language summary of your northern research
(2) a photo of your research

(3) answers to all questions in the application form

One submission will be selected for an opportunity to work a professional artist 
who will transform your research into an illustrative story panel.


(1) Applicant must be associated with a Canadian university, college, or other institution

(2) Any discipline (natural science, social science, applied science, humanities)

(3) The research must be conducted within the defined geographic boundary

(above the discontinuous permafrost line)

Please note that APECS Canada Board Members are ineligible to apply.

Submissions are due July 24, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. 

If you have any questions, please contact Nathaniel Holloway ( or Gina Nickoloff ( 

The 2023 winner was Myrah Graham, an MSc candidate at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Myrah worked with graphic artist Misha Donohoe to illustrate their research on bentho
s communities in Nunavut and Nunatsiavut .

Check out the comic to the right! Scroll to see versions in English, French, Inuktitut, and Inuttitut.

Also, check out more great work by Misha Donohoe!



In 2022, Spencer Weinstein (University of Waterloo), worked with graphic artist MartinPM to illustrate their research.

Check out full versions of this comic in English, French, and Inuktitut.


Also, check out some other great work from MartinPM!

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