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Please review all terms and conditions prior to submission.


Submission Guidelines

Entries must be one of the following:

    • High resolution photography or illustration in JPG or TIF format, 300 dpi, and less than 90 MB
    • Video in MPEG-4 format, 60 seconds or less in length, and less than 90 MB

Entries must comply with the following conditions:

    • Entries may be submitted by an individual or a group and all submitters must be a current or former federally-funded (NIH, NSF, DOE, USDA, VA, etc.) investigator, contractor, or trainee, or a member of FASEB constituent societies.
    • One photo and/or video entry allowed per submitter or group.
    • Entries must be original creations by the submitter(s) and not published elsewhere
    • The submitter(s) must hold the copyright of the submitted image. FASEB and partnering organizations are not responsible for legal claims related to the improper submission of works belonging to other individuals or organizations.
    • Entries must relate to life science research.
    • Images or videos must not be of a patient or human research subject, but may be of human cells.
    • Images, illustrations, or videos advertising or marketing specific companies or commercial products are ineligible.
    • All entrants grant FASEB and partnering organizations nonexclusive web and print publication rights, while retaining copyright.
    • Selection of contest winners is at the sole discretion of FASEB. All decisions by FASEB are final.
    • Submission of an image or video indicates that an entrant agrees to all BioArt terms and conditions listed above.

Judging Guidelines

Contest entries will be evaluated on both scientific content and aesthetic impact. FASEB is seeking quality images that would be included in a peer-reviewed scientific publication or presentation and that effectively communicate an important aspect of 21st Century biological research. When viewed in conjunction with the supporting nontechnical statement, submissions should be visually arresting and clearly communicate a cutting edge biomedical science concept. Above all, the entry should inspire!


Entries will be evaluated in two stages:

    • Stage 1: FASEB and partnering organizations will evaluate each image submission to ensure adherence to the contest guidelines and overall impact and select the top 25 entries for each image category (“Fluorescence and Electron Microscopy” and “All Other Life Science Images”). The same procedure will be used to select the top 15 videos.
    • Stage 2: A panel of distinguished scientists and engineers will each rank their top five entries out of the 25 finalists for each image category. Each panelist’s top-five list will be tallied (weighted ranking). The five image entries in each category receiving the highest frequency of votes overall will be selected the contest winners. The two winning video submissions will be determined in the same manner.

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