2022 Online Pattern Competition


I Made or See A Pattern - A Lesson In Patterns

Starting this National Science Week on the 13 August 2022, we want students to learn how to recognise and make patterns!

Entrants are asked to create their own pattern in an original artwork or take a photo of a pattern they’ve observed in everyday life and submit this into our competition for the chance to win an awesome prize pack and have their artwork featured at an international event (IUCr 2023).

Accompanying this in 50 words or less, entrants need to include a short description about the pattern and what has inspired the image. This will be displayed alongside winning entries; the judges will also refer to this statement when reviewing entries. Judging will be based on visual appeal, quality of description and originality.


What goodies are up for grabs?

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10 lucky winners will receive an exclusive Bragg Your Pattern Prize Pack containing:

Winners will also have their pattern images immortalised, digitally remastered and featured at our International Congress – could you imagine seeing your or your student’s creation plastered across the wall of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre or featured on attendee name badges and lanyards? This is an awesome opportunity so happy creating!

Competition Open & Submissions Welcomed From Saturday 13 August 2022
Submission Close Friday 30 September 2022, 12pm AEST
Winners Announced & Contacted for Prizes October 2022

Important details to set yourself up for success

  1. Submission entry is free
  2. There will be two competition categories (‘Make a Pattern’ and ‘See a Pattern’), and two age categories (10 and under, and 11 and over). Entrants should therefore indicate their age in their entry, and which competition category they are submitting to.
  3. Entries by people under the age of 18 must be submitted by a teacher, parent or guardian with student permission
  4. Entries must be images of either original artwork or patterns observed in the natural or build environment (no copyrighted material) and meet the brief
  5. Only electronic copies will be accepted (jpeg or png)
  6. The representation must be submitted as a high-resolution photograph (jpeg or png) that can be printed as an A3 size. Minimum resolution 2400 x 2400 pixels. Max 2MB
  7. Your submission can be in either portrait or landscape format
  8. Entries will need to be submitted via the official submission form
  9. Your submission will be judged based on the following success criteria

General Success Criteria

  1. Visually appeal
  2. Quality of the description provided - does it tell a story
  3. Originality


Patterns are all around us – from the tiles on the floor, the way seeds pack into flowers – even the way the fruit get stacked in a supermarket. We (i.e. you) just have to notice them (and take a picture).

Broccoli, when looked at with a microscope

Broccoli, when looked at with a microscope

Tile from the floor of a Church in Palermo, Italy

Tile from the floor of a Church in Palermo, Italy

 Image of ‘Epic Love’ installation by Nike Savvas <a href="https://www.uapcompany.com/projects/epic-love" target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.uapcompany.com/projects/epic-love </a>

Image of ‘Epic Love’ installation by Nike Savvas in a Sydney shopping centre www.uapcompany.com/projects/epic-love


We’ve provided some inspiration for ways that you can create a piece of art, such as printing using potatoes, making shapes with light to inspired by the mathematical work of Escher, or creating symmetrical patterns of your own using graph paper. But feel free to come up with your own ideas!

Psychedelic pattern on graph paper

Psychedelic pattern on graph paper

3D buckyball models

3D buckyball models


Two overlaid 2D repeating patterns

By participating in the Bragg Your Pattern Competition, participants grant the Bragg Your Pattern organisers a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to reproduce, display and distribute entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other event and committee purposes. Bragg Your Pattern organisers will use all reasonable efforts to mark any photograph reproduced by Bragg Your Pattern with a photographer credit.

When submitting your image(s) to the Bragg Your Pattern Competition, you confirm that:

  • The photograph/artwork is original work and the contents of the image do not infringe the copyright of any other third party
  • There is no inappropriate content
  • You affirm that you are over the age of 18 years and a teacher, practicing professional educator or parent submitting on behalf of a participating child, or are over 18 years and submitting on your own behalf