BioImages Salon 2011
BioImages is an annual visual media competition that showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine.
The competition, sponsored by the BCA, is open to institutions, companies and individuals (BioImages judges are not eligible to enter). Association membership is not required.
Winners will be announced at the BioImages Opening Reception and Awards Presentation on June 1, which will be held at the BioCommunications Association's (BCA) annual meeting, "Brilliance in BioCommunications," in Phoenix, AZ, June 1-4. BCA's annual meeting is held this year in partnership with the Association of Biomedical Communications Directors (ABCD) and the Health and Science Communications Association, (HeSCA). Attendance at the annual meeting is not required.
How To Enter
- All entries must be submitted using the official online BioImages submission form.
- Online submissions will be accepted between March 1-22, 2011.
- The maximum number of submissions per entrant is six.
- Payment must be made at the time of submission.
BCA Member: $30 (1st entry), $25/entry (2nd–6th entries)
(Students may be required to prove student status.)
Entry fees are payable by credit card in U.S. funds. Paypal also accepted. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to secure any necessary patient and/or copyright permissions. Only entries submitted in compliance with the stated requirements will be accepted and considered for judging. At the discretion of the BioImages Chair, an entry may be moved into a more appropriate class or category.
Judging and Awards
All entries will be judged on impact, composition, clarity, scientific content, technique, lighting, image quality, presentation, creativity, originality and effective use of the medium to fulfill its stated purpose.
At the discretion of the judges, the following awards may be issued. A full set of awards may not always be made.
- Award of Excellence is awarded to entries that achieve the highest standards of professionalism.
- Citation of Merit is awarded to entries that meet high standards of professionalism.
- Salon Showing are entries that have been selected to to hang in the salon at the Annual Meeting.
Merit Awards are sponsored categories that reflect the achievement of a high caliber of proficiency in a specific area.
- BCA Medical Education
Best medical teaching aid in each division; includes a $25 US award.
- Charles Foster Memorial Citation
Best color photo-micrograph entry.
- C. Graham Eddy Endoscopic
Demonstrates the most successful use of endoscopic equipment; includes a $25 US award.
- Canadian Founders Natural Science
Best entry in the Natural Science category.
- Warren Sturgis Motion Media Award
Best entry in Motion Media Division.
- Best of Show
The most outstanding entry from the Award of Excellence winners will be awarded Best of Show, which includes a crystal award and a $350 US cash prize.
Divisions and Categories
Awards are given in three visual media divisions:
Still Media Division
Submit an RGB or Grayscale JPEG file (maximum quality) with a minimum size of 3,000 pixels for the longest dimension. Specify purpose (e.g., educational, promotional), intended audience, and any other pertinent information in the notes section on the entry form.
Living subject in a clinical environment.
Non-living biological subject in whole or part.
Image taken with a compound light microscope. Magnification and stain must be indicated in entry field.
Photograph of the eye taken with a fundus or slit lamp camera.
- Natural Science
Non-medical biological subject. Include genus and species in entry field.
- General Illustrative
Work-related photographic image that does not fall into another category.
A series of images illustrating a biological or medical process occurring over time and/or space. Must submit one composite file of a series of 2 to 12 images.
Work-related formal, informal or environmental portrait.
- Fine Art
An image that transcends its designated needs by default or by intent and demonstrates the quality of timelessness.
Graphics Media Division
Submit a PDF file and a complete description of your entry. For example the original size, paper stock, special finish and material, in the notes section of the submission form.
Pamphlets and circulars used to educate the reader about a place, an event or medical (scientific) procedure or disease.
Journals, annual reports, magazines or other print publications related to medicine or science, which you created.
- Medical Illustration
Figure(s) created for instructional or editorial use to visually communicate a procedure, concept or condition. May contain more than one panel.
Medical, scientific, or public relations display used to educate a target audience about an institution, event, procedure or disease. Indicate original size and material on entry label.
Calendars, cards, logos or other print media that does not fall into another category.
Motion Media Division
Program produced for use on a computer or the Internet.
- Maximum file size: 100 MB.
- Maximum length: 10 minutes
- Preferred file types: .flv, .mp4, or .swf
Please note that mov and .wmv, will also be accepted but will be converted for the judging portal.
Programs produced for use on a computer, smart devices or the Internet. (Entries that require proprietary or non-standard hardware will not be accepted.)
Entrants retain their copyrights for all works, but the BCA reserves the right to future use without prior notice or additional compensation. Entries may be published in the Journal of Biocommunication, BCA News, press releases, or other publications of the Association, on the Internet and at www.bca.org.
For more information, contact the BioImages Chair at BioImages@bca.org.