Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging CompetitionDeadline:  30 September 2011

Open to: anyone worldwide who is at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry.

Olympus America Inc. is in the eighth year of sponsoring a dynamic international 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. Pseudo-colored and other computer-enhanced images are acceptable, as long as image manipulation is done to bring out specific information in the image.

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.


One first prize winner will earn Winner’s choice of Olympus microscope or camera equipment 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.

Nine additional winners will also receive valuable , and many more will receive recognition as honorable mentions.

Selected winning images also become part of a traveling exhibit tour of museums and academic institutions.

Images that have earned any award, honorable mention, recognition or prize in any other commercially-sponsored competition are not eligible, but images that have earned academic recognition or been published in journals remain eligible for the BioScapes competition.

“Microscope images forge an extraordinary bond between science and art,” said Osamu Joji, Olympus America’s Vice President and General Manager for the Scientific Equipment Group. “We founded this competition to focus on the fascinating stories coming out of today’s life science research laboratories. The thousands of images that people have shared with the competition over the years reflect some of the most exciting work going on in research today – work that can help shed light on the living universe and ultimately save lives. We look at BioScapes and these beautiful images as sources of education and inspiration to us and the world.”

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:http://www.olympusbioscapes.com/

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