Contest seeks more amazing science images

January 31, 2017 By Chris Barncard
Photo: Microscopic image of lactose crystals suspended in oil

This image from the 2016 Cool Science Image contest depicts lactose crystals suspended in oil. The crystals’ distinct shape allows one to identify whether or not lactose crystals are present in key lime pies students were examining for their research in food science. Image by Kayla Saslow; undergraduate student in Dr. Richard Hartel’s food science lab. Image by Kayla Saslow

Images are central to conducting and communicating science.

Pictures from satellites, telescopes, cameras, microscopes and other imaging technologies open windows into new parts of our world every day. And they are often as artistic as they are instructive.

To recognize the visual and exploratory value of scientific imagery, the 7th annual Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting the best images from members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison community.

Sponsored by Promega Corp. with additional support from the UW–Madison Arts Institute and DoIT Digital Publishing and Printing Services, the contest offers an opportunity to show off compelling science images made by students, staff or faculty.

More than 100 images and videos were submitted last year, and a dozen winners and other entries are featured on university websites and other communications. Winning images are also showcased in a fall exhibit at the Mandelbaum and Albert Family Vision Gallery of the McPherson Eye Research Institute, at Promega’s Fitchburg headquarters, and in other campus venues.

To enter images, visit the contest webpage for guidelines, submission requirements and link to an entry form. The submission deadline is March 3.

Winners will be announced by late March. Each winner will receive a $100 Downtown Madison gift card and a poster-size print of their submitted image. All qualified entries will be displayed in a slide show at the 2017 Wisconsin Science Festival and during the exhibit at the McPherson Eye Research Institute.

See the 2016 winners