2012 Northwestern Scientific Images Contest - Call for Entries
Scientific research often produces beautiful images. Sharing these images, and the advances they represent, with the public provides a special opportunity to illustrate the importance of scientific research and its impact on society.
This contest is sponsored by Science in Society, Northwestern University's office for science outreach and public engagement. Questions? Send us an email!
1. The contest is open to all faculty, students and staff members of Northwestern University. Only one entry per person will be allowed (in case of multiple submissions, only the first one will be evaluated).
2. A research-based digital image from any scientific or engineering discipline is welcome. Images may be taken using traditional photography or an image acquisition system. Computer-generated images are allowed, provided the image is derived from research data (i.e. protein crystal structure or 3D reconstruction from confocal microscope images). All images must originate from a Northwestern research project.
Images must not have been fundamentally altered from their original form, or combined with other images for artistic effect. For example, the image on the left, though colorized, is acceptable. The image on the right, however, representing many copied versions of the image on the left in a manner designed to simulate snowfall, is not acceptable.
Videos, animations, or other schematic/artistic illustrations are not being considered at this time.
3. The submitter must have been involved in the generation of the image and must obtain permission for its use in this contest from any colleagues who participated in its generation. Acknowledgment of collaborators can be credited in the written description, but only the submitter will be recognized by the judges.
4. Each entry must include a short description, of 150 words or less, written in layman's terms. This should describe the image, discuss how it was generated and explain its significance to the research project in which it was produced.
5. Images must be submitted electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, according to the Image Formatting and Entry Instructions, below.
6. Images will be judged on aesthetics, originality, and composition.
7. Northwestern University reserves the right to use any submitted image for educational and promotional purposes (with credit to the author).
8. Entries must be received by June 30, 2012. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
9. Cash prizes will be awarded to submitters of the top five images.
1st place - $250
2nd place - $200
3rd place - $150
4th place - $100
5th place - $50
The decisions of the judges are final.
Images may be submitted any time between April 16 and June 30, 2012. Judging will take place in July and August, and results will be announced in September 2012.
Images must be submitted in JPEG format and can be no larger than 7 MB in size. Entrants are encouraged to save a high-resolution version of their images in case their work is selected for recognition. Submitters of award-winning images will be contacted subsequently for these high-resolution versions for publishing purposes.
Contest entry involves two steps.
1. Complete the form below. Note that a required element of the form is a description of the image and the broader impact of the research from which the image originated (150 words or less).
2. Email your image to email@example.com as an attachment. The image must be less than 7MB in size. You MUST INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND NETID in the subject line of the email message, as this will provide the only way for the judges to identify the submitter. If you do not have a net ID, please contact us prior to submission. You will receive a confirmation email from our office within 48 hours of your entry submission. If you DO NOT receive a confirmation email, please contact Bethany Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org.