Annual Microscopy Image Contest

Sponsored By:

  • Puget Sound Science Core Facility

  • Nikon Instruments Inc.

  • Leica Microsystems

Submission Guidelines


  • 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. 


  • 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.


All entries must be submitted with the Entry Form on the Science Core Facility website by Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 5pm. 


  • Will take place at the Fall Poster Symposium September 10, 2015.
  • 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.

2015 Prizes will be announced in August!

2014 Prizes:

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