#CreepyCultures Agar Art Contest – 2020 Edition

Creepy Cultures

It’s 2020 and what a year it has been! It also marks the five-year anniversary of our annual Halloween-themed agar art contest known as #CreepyCultures. We’re looking forward to this year’s competition even more than previous years, in hopes that it might offer a much-needed distraction and an outlet for some light-hearted artistic expression for our friends and fellow microbiologists who have been quietly and diligently acting as heroes in creating a safer, healthier world.

We can’t wait to see what your clever, quirky and creative minds will conjure this year! Submit your #CreepyCulture creations by Wednesday, October 28, 2020 for ultimate bragging rights amongst your lab crew as well as a chance to win prizes including some highly coveted Microbiologics swag.

How the contest works:
Create Halloween-themed agar art using your favorite microorganisms and agar. Share an image of your art with us by Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Winning plates will be chosen by Microbiologics employees.

Tip: For extra creepy cultures, use our UV-BioTAG™ strains (GFP tagged microorganisms) and make your design glow like the plate shown above, designed by our Research and Development Scientist, Dr. Karla Fjeld.

How to submit your agar art:
It’s simple! Use the form below to upload an image of your #CreepyCulture agar art.

We’d also love to see your creations on social media! Share your agar art images on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter, tag Microbiologics and use #CreepyCultures.

We will announce the winners and share all submissions Friday, October 30, 2020 on the Microbiologics Blog.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our past winners:
Good luck and happy Halloween!

#CreepyCultures Upload Form:

Submit your agar art as a photo (.jpg or .png file) by clicking Select File below. Be sure to include your name and email address so we can contact you in the event that your agar art is chosen as a winner. Click Upload File to submit your photo and contact information.

Sorry! Submission for our 2020 #CreepyCultures contest is now closed. Come back next year!


  1. Liz

    The upload form keeps sending an error.

    1. mmMicrobiologics (Post author)

      Hi Liz! I just tested the upload myself and it worked well for me, so I’m not sure what might be causing the error for you. Feel free to email your Creepy Cultures submission to marketing@microbiologics.com. Be sure to include your first name, last name, company and email address, so we can get a hold of you if your agar art is chosen as a winner.

      1. Liz


  2. LLuvia

    What time will you guys be announcing the winners? I feel like I’m gonna break the page by checking so much!

    1. mmMicrobiologics (Post author)

      Hello LLuvia! The winners announcement blog post is now live! Check it out here: https://blog.microbiologics.com/2020-creepycultures-winners/


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