Annual Microscopy Image Contest

Sponsored By:

  • Puget Sound Science Core Facility

  • Nikon Instruments Inc.

  • Leica Microsystems

Submission Guidelines

Participants:

  • Must be a currently enrolled student or graduated the year of the contest at the University of Puget Sound; any major is welcome.
  • Individuals are allowed to submit up to three entries, but these must be of different subjects or utilizing different microscopy techniques. 

Subjects:

  • Any image taken on a microscope at Puget Sound is eligible (light, fluorescence, SEM, TEM, or confocal microscopy).
  • Images can be generated from coursework or research conducted at Puget Sound.
  • Images should have been generated any time within the student’s tenure at Puget Sound.
  • Images should contain a scale bar and additional annotations entrants feel are necessary to help the judges understand your image.

Image Quality:

  • Maximum file size is 100 Mb, and it is recommended that the file size be no smaller than 3 Mb, although smaller files sizes will not be disqualified.
  • Files must be in .JPEG or.TIFF format.
  • Please submit the highest quality image with regard to file size, bit depth, and resolution.
  • Digital editing software may be used to adjust image attributes such as brightness, contrast, and color saturation, but the software used must be indicated on the entry form.
  • Digital editing software MAY NOT be used to alter the contents of the image outside of scale bars or other necessary annotations.

Deadline:

All entries must be submitted with the Entry Form on the Science Core Facility website by Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 5pm. 

Judging:

  • Will take place at the Fall Poster Symposium September 11, 2014.
  • Images will be judged by a panel of Puget Sound faculty, staff, and industry representatives from Nikon and Leica.
  • Entries will be judged on scientific impact, visual impact, and technical proficiency. For more detail please see the Judging Criteria and Example Submission sections.
  • To see last years entries and winners see our Photo Gallery.

2014 Prizes:

  • Prize winners will be announced at the Fall Poster Symposium.
  • One grand prize winner will receive a small digital camera provided by Nikon.
  • One People’s Choice winner will receive a wrist watch provided by Leica.
  • All entrants will receive a flash drive and travel clock also provided by Leica.
  • All entries will be featured on the Science Core Facility Webpage.
  • All prize-winning images will be displayed in the Harned Hall Science Center.