Rich Spontak’s “The Fingerprint of Molecules” won first place for faculty in the microscopy category.

NC State Research Image Contest

NC State is calling on graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff to take part in Envisioning Research, the university’s annual research image contest. Help us highlight the beauty and importance of the work being done at the bench and in the field, both on campus and around the world.

Submissions are due no later than June 8, 2018.

Contest Details

Contestants can submit images in four categories:

  • Photography (including photos of field work): submissions should be in a JPEG format and must be high-resolution.
  • Microscopy: submissions should be in a JPEG format and must be high-resolution.
  • Graphics and illustration: submissions can be in JPEG, TIF, GIF or PDF formats and must be high-resolution.
  • Video and interactive: submissions can be no longer than two minutes. Shorter is better, and there should be an emphasis on visual presentation rather than narration. Submissions can be in MP4 or WMV formats. If the submission is already available online, contestants can submit a URL to the relevant page. Sound is optional.

Resolution: It is important to capture and retain the highest-resolution original with the tools used in image creation (e.g. a 12MP camera captures a 4368 x 2912 px image). If needed, submissions may be compressed as a copy of the original to meet 16MB maximum upload size.

All images should be original, well-executed, and effective at communicating information to the audience. Winning entries from last year’s contest can be viewed: graduate students / faculty, though we’re hoping to see more photos of fieldwork – and an even higher quality of submissions – in 2018.

There will be separate prizes, based on each contestant’s status at the university. There is a $250 prize for first-place graduate student or postdoctoral contestants in each category, and a $100 prize for second-place graduate student or postdoctoral contestants, thanks to sponsorship from the NC State Graduate School. There is also a $250 prize for first-place faculty or staff contestants in each category, and a $100 prize for second-place faculty or staff contestants, thanks to sponsorship from NC State’s Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED). Winning images and honorable mentions will be featured in simultaneous exhibits at D. H. Hill and Hunt libraries in fall 2018 sponsored by NCSU Libraries.

Submissions should be submitted using the online submission form. The contest is a joint project, organized by the Graduate School, ORIED, NC State’s College of Sciences, NC Libraries and NC State University Communications.

Each submission should include a title, and a caption of no more than 150 words that describes the research. Each submission should also include one or two sentences explaining the impact of the work for North Carolina, the United States or the world. The written components should be entered into the online submission form, not submitted as separate files.

If a submission comes from a laboratory or team of researchers, please designate a single point of contact. Industry Partners submitting images must indicate the nature of the university-industry collaboration team.

Individuals may submit multiple entries, but each entry must be submitted separately.

“Some of science’s most powerful statements are not made in words. Visualizations express a human dimension and help create a universal language that enable people around the world to exchange knowledge and to more fully understand complex scientific ideas.”— NSF Vizzies

Stuff the Lawyers Made Us Say

By submitting a photograph, image, graphic, or video (collectively the “work”) contestants hereby agree to the following:

  • You certify and warrant that the work is your own original creative work and does not violate or infringe the copyright or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of others.
  • You retain all copyright and equivalent rights but grant permission for North Carolina State University to use, reproduce, distribute, and/or release the work to the public in any manner and in any medium without payment of any fee, and in perpetuity.
  • North Carolina State University reserves the right to use contestants’ names and works for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes, including website or exhibition of winning entries. You understand that the works will be shared with reporters covering these awards and for promotion of the competition itself.  You hereby give North Carolina State University nonexclusive rights to use your name, likenesses, quotes and submissions for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes. This includes but is not limited to website display, print materials and exhibits.
  • You hereby agree to indemnify North Carolina State University, its trustees, officers, agents, and employees, from any and all claims, demands, and liabilities (including attorneys’ fees) incurred as a result of a final judgment or settlement or any claim or legal proceeding arising out of or resulting from a breach or claimed breach of the foregoing representations and warranties.

Winners will be announced August 1, 2018. Anyone with questions about the contest can contact Tony Kershaw at alkersha@ncsu.edu.

Online Submission Form

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