Contest seeks more amazing science images

February 4, 2016
This cellphone photo of ice crystals on a windowpane by botany Professor Marisa Otegui was among the winner's of last year's Cool Science Image Contest.

This cellphone photo of ice crystals on a windowpane by botany Professor Marisa Otegui was among the winner’s of last year’s Cool Science Image Contest.

From new forms of microscopy to novel telescopes, cameras and other imaging technologies, science is being illustrated like never before. Stunning visuals offer glimpses into seen and unseen natural and technological worlds. Increasingly, such images are gaining recognition for their artistic qualities as well.

To recognize the visual and scientific value of scientific imagery, the sixth annual Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting the best images from students and faculty and staff scientists on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

Sponsored by Promega Corp. with additional support from DoIT Digital Publishing and Printing Services, the contest offers the university community an opportunity to show off compelling science images made by any currently enrolled student, or staff or faculty member.

The first contest drew some 60 entries and last year more than 100 images were submitted. Winners and finalists are featured on various UW–Madison online platforms. Winning images are also showcased in a fall semester exhibit at the Mandelbaum and Albert Family Vision Gallery of the McPherson Eye Research Institute.

To enter images, visit the contest Web page for guidelines, submission requirements and link to an entry form. The submission deadline is Monday, March 7.

Winners will be announced in mid- to late-March. Each winner will receive a $100 Downtown Madison gift certificate. In addition, winners receive a poster-size print of their submitted image. All qualified entries will be displayed in a slide show at the 2016 Wisconsin Science Festival and during the exhibit at the McPherson Eye Research Institute.