Dear participants, due to the specificity of recent events in the world and in our countries, the deadline for submitting competition entries has been extended to 8.11.2020. We wish you perseverance in difficult times as well as much success and good health. Mathematics in Focus – XI edition online 1.09-8.11.2020r.


The University of Szczecin and The Maria Grzegorzewska University are organizing the International Photographic Competition “Mathematics in Focus”. We are writing to cordially invite you to participate in and promote this project.

The competition supports mathematical education with a view on the process of mathematical thinking and promotes mathematical knowledge and culture. It is open to everyone and completely free of charge.

The MATHEMATICS IN FOCUS photographic competition has been organized since 2010. The initiator and project manager is dr hab. Małgorzata Makiewicz, prof. APS. The project includes: a photographic competition, research in the areas of mathematics didactics and comparative media studies, cognitive and didactic publications, conferences, exhibitions, open lectures and workshops for students and teachers.

The MATHEMATICS IN FOCUS competition has been cooperating with the West Pomeranian Voivodeship www.wzp.pl since 2010, and in 2020 started cooperation with the Mazowieckie Voivodeship www.mazovia.pl .

Participants (children, adolescents and adults) register on a website and upload photos to which they assign names and descriptions related to mathematics. A main idea of the competition is the combination of the image and the original information about it. Giving a name or title and a mathemtical description changes the category of the work from photo, which speaks only through the image, to a pair (photo, text) that gives the work a hightened cognitive sense.

The awards for the winners of the competition include: material prizes, original diplomas and nominations for: exhibitions, calendars and books. Since the year 2015 also a special prize is awarded by the President of the Polish Mathematical Society for the photo with the most interesting mathematical description. Detailed information, registration, downloads of leaflets and presentations of the competition, as well as galleries of the winners’ photos from the previous years, are available at: www.mwo.usz.edu.pl

November 30, 2019. The International Project Mathematics in Focus was awarded the 1st prize in the University Research Project category in the University Laurels competition organized by the Forum of Polish Universities. Thank you for voting for our project and I invite you to the next editions of the competition.

Project manager dr hab. Małgorzata Makiewicz, prof. APS

Special prize