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Geoscientist magazine cover competition!

We’re excited to launch the first ever cover competition for our popular monthly membership magazine, Geoscientist! The competition is open to everyone – children, adults, geologists and non geologists – and free to enter!

Over the years, Geoscientist has sported a huge variety of cover images, from ancient Egyptian art to the Earth’s interior. In May this year, the Society will mark the 100th anniversary of female Fellowship, and we’d love the cover of Geoscientist to reflect this important milestone.

The first female Fellows

Dame Maria Ogilvie (1864-1939)

The first eight women to become Fellows of the Geological Society were elected on 21 May 1919. They included pioneering graptolite research Gertrude Elles, eminent palaeontologist and politician Dame Maria Ogilvie and stratigrapher and palaeontologist Ethel Skeat. Their admission followed decades of campaigning, and was finally achieved following a curiously mundane amendment to the Society’s bye-laws:

‘Article XXIII. Interpretation – In the interpretation of these Bye-Laws words in the masculine gender only, shall include the feminine gender also.’

It was a major victory in a long campaign by female geologists to be recognised by their peers – read more here. 

Staff of Newnham College (1907). Gertrude Elles sitting on grass second from left;

The competition

In the May issue of Geoscientist, we’re marking the centenary of female members with a special issue. We’d love the cover to feature an image celebrating women in geology, whether past or present, designed by you.

It’s up to you how you interpret the theme. You could send us a drawing of your favourite female geologist, a photograph of yourself or your colleagues in the lab or in the field, an artwork which you feel represents the importance of diversity in the geosciences – anything you like!

As well as their image featuring on the cover, the winner will receive £100 and a year’s subscription (for those not already members) to Geoscientist magazine.

Your entry can take any format – a photograph, painting, drawing or other artwork – and you can send us a digital scan or post us the physical copy. Entries must be in portrait dimensions, and if sent digitally, of print quality.

Entry is free and open to all. You can submit as many entries as you like, individually or jointly – all entries must reach us by midnight on Sunday 17th March.

How to enter

Email your submissions to

Or you can post entries to:

Geoscientist Cover Competition
Burlington House

Full terms and conditions

Good luck!

3 thoughts on “Geoscientist magazine cover competition!

  1. I do not have the technical skills to make it something worthy but I thought I’d throw it out there as an idea. I came across this competition when watching Star Trek: TNG and thought of a tableau of a female science officer on an alien planet investigating a rock formation. Make it so! (Or not, entirely up to those with more artistic capabilities than me.)

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