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Deadline: October 02, 2012
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry


2012 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

bioscapeslogo Olympus America Inc. is in the ninth year of sponsoring a dynamic international photo competition that honors the world’s most extraordinary microscope images of life science subjects.

The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition® recognizes outstanding images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification, any illumination technique and any brand of equipment. Each person entering can submit up to five movies, images, or image sequences (such as time lapse series). Entries must include information on the importance or “story” behind the images. Winners are notified in late October and are announced publicly in November. Selected winning images also become part of a traveling exhibit tour of museums and academic institution

COMPETITION JUDGING: All eligible images will be judged by an independent panel of experts selected by Sponsor based on the following criteria:

Science – Uniqueness of the specimen or processes shown, importance of work, new information revealed, “story” told.
Aesthetics – Beauty or impact of the image, balance, composition.
Technical merit – Challenge of specimen itself – difficulty of capturing structures or data shown, photographic excellence.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: 1st Prize: One first prize winner will earn Winner's choice of Olympus products valued at $5,000 (US list at time of awards) and an expense paid trip for two to the awards reception in December, including transportation, accommodations at a local hotel and admission to the awards celebration event. (1st Prize Trip must be taken on the date specified. An affidavit must be signed by the first prize winner and his/her travel companion, in order for the trip to take place; that affidavit includes miscellaneous other conditions for the trip.)

2nd Prize: Winner's choice of Olympus products valued at $2,500 (US list at time of awards).

3rd Prize: Winner's choice of Olympus products valued at $1,500 (US list at time of awards).

4th to 10th Prizes: Winner's choice of any one (1) of the following options:
Olympus Stylus® TG-310 Digital Camera or equivalent;
Olympus WS-710M® Digital Voice Recorder or equivalent;
Olympus Magellan® 10x25 WP I Binocular or equivalent

Honorable Mentions: The number of honorable mentions, if any, will be determined by the judges. Honorable mentions will receive a photographic print or plaque of their winning entry, valued at $1-$30. If making such a print or plaque is not possible for any reason, the winner will receive an Honor Certificate. ELIGIBILITY: International / 18+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Honorees retain full copyright to their images USAGE RIGHTS: As a condition for receiving any prize, winners will be required to execute an affidavit permitting Sponsor to use the awarding image(s) for purposes of announcing, promoting or publicizing the Olympus BioScapes Competition itself in any way the Sponsor deems appropriate

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