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EVIDENT Image of the Year Award 2022

Following the success of past Image of the Year Awards, Evident is continuing to search for the best light microscopy images in 2022. The fourth Global Image of the Year Scientific Light Microscopy Award recognizes the very best in scientific imaging worldwide. For the first time, the contest welcomes materials science images in addition to life science images to show the versatility of the art of science. Participants can win an SZX7 microscope with a DP23 digital camera, X Line™ objectives, a CX23 microscope, or an SZ61 microscope.

See below for more details.

IMAGE OF THE YEAR 2022

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Deadline for entries is February 28, 2023 at 12 p.m. JST
(February 27, 2023 at 10 p.m. EST)

Prizes

The global prize and three regional prizes for Asia, Europe, and the Americas will be awarded to the scientific images that receive the highest scores. An additional prize will be awarded to the winner of a new dedicated category for materials science and engineering images.

  • Global prize: choice of an SZX7 microscope with a DP23 digital camera, or a set of X Line objectives
  • Regional prize: choice of a CX23 microscope or SZ61 stereo microscope
  • Materials science and engineering prize: SZ61 stereo microscope

Global Prize: Option 1

Global Prize: SZX7 Stereo Microscope with DP23 Digital Camera

SZX7 Stereo Microscope with DP23 Digital Camera

SZX7 Stereo Microscope

  • Wide zoom ratio (7:1)
  • Provides a clear and natural view of the sample
  • Modular system adapts to your needs

Learn more about the SZX7 microscope

DP23 Digital Camera

  • Easily share images using the camera’s network solution
  • Observe clear live images on a large screen
  • Fast, high-quality imaging for conferences and teaching

Learn more about the DP23 digital camera

Global Prize: Option 2

X Line Objectives (UPLXAPO 4X, 10X, 20X, and 40X)

X Line Objectives (UPLXAPO 4X, 10X, 20X, and 40X)

  • High numerical aperture for high-resolution images
  • Wide homogeneous image flatness for uniform quality
  • Broad chromatic aberration correction for exceptional color reproduction
  • Enables high-precision images for a wide range of applications

Learn more about UPLXAPO objectives

Regional Prize: Option 1

Regional Prize Choice 1: CX23

CX23 Upright Microscope

  • User-friendly design
  • Outstanding optical performance
  • Long-lasting LED illumination

Learn more about the CX23 microscope

Regional Prize: Option 2 / Materials Science and Engineering Prize

Regional Prize Choice 2: SZ61

SZ61 Stereo Microscope

  • Compact design saves bench space
  • Wide zoom ratio (6.7:1 / 5:1)
  • Long-lasting LED illumination

Learn more about the SZ61 microscope

Jurors

Geoff Williams, Manager of the Leduc BioImaging Facility at Brown University

Geoff Williams, Manager of the Leduc Bioimaging Facility at Brown University

Geoff Williams is in his 14th year as manager of the Leduc Bioimaging Facility at Brown University. The opportunity to combine visual arts, science, technology, and mastery of a skill clicked with his discovery of microscopy (electron and light) as an undergraduate at Connecticut College. Geoff transitioned from a graduate program at Michigan State University to running the imaging facility at Central Michigan University before arriving at Brown. Over the past 20-plus years, he has been honing his craft as both an electron and light microscopist, paying more attention to the aesthetics of each image collected than is typically required of a purely scientific investigation. Geoff’s work, under the name Nanoscape, provides a tactile and striking view of samples we may or may not encounter in our day-to-day lives.

Harini Sreenivasappa, Manager of the Cell Imaging Center at Drexel University

Harini Sreenivasappa, Manager of the Cell Imaging Center at Drexel University

Harini Sreenivasappa is the manager of Drexel University’s light microscopy core facility, the Cell Imaging Center. She was introduced to microscopy during graduate school at Texas A&M University (TAMU), where she studied the role of microenvironment stimuli on cellular sensing and adapting as it takes place in blood vessel wall remodeling in cardiovascular disease. This led to a PhD in biomedical engineering. She has more than 10 years’ experience working with various microscopy techniques, such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), spinning disk confocal, and total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy. With ASCB’s COMPASS Outreach grant, she created and curated a Traveling Micrographs exhibit showcasing micrographs by TAMU researchers that was free and open to the public. The goal of the series of exhibits was to share research at TAMU with the local community and stimulate interest in imaging science.

Rachid Rezgui, Research Instrumentation Scientist, Microscopy, New York University Abu Dhabi

Rachid Rezgui, Research Instrumentation Scientist, Microscopy, New York University Abu Dhabi

Rachid Rezgui is a microscopist and an active research scientist. Rachid studied physics at the Leibniz University of Hanover in Germany, then completed his PhD in biophysics at the Ecole Polytechnique in France studying DNA-protein interactions at the single molecule level. He joined the microscopy core facility at New York University Abu Dhabi in 2014, and has since worked with all types of microscopes, including two-photon, super-resolution, confocal, fluorescence lifetime, and widefield. He is involved in all aspects of optical imaging, such as sample preparation, training, acquisition, and post-processing, as well as core facility management.

Urs Ziegler, Managing Director, Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis, Zurich

Urs Ziegler, Managing Director, Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis, Zurich

Urs Ziegler studied Biochemistry at the University of Zurich and obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Biochemistry in 1996. In 2007, he became Head of the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis. His research has included the development and introduction of various cryo-electron microscopic methods for the structural study of multicellular organisms, super-resolution light microscopy and new correlative light and electron microscopic methods. In addition to research, he teaches various lectures and hands-on courses in advanced microscopy and image analysis. Urs has also been a member of the Board of the Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy since 1998.

Yujie Sun, Tenured Professor and Boya Distinguished Professor of Peking University

Yujie Sun, Tenured Professor and Boya Distinguished Professor of Peking University

Dr. Yujie Sun obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China and his PhD in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He then joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow and worked with an interdisciplinary team to solve the puzzle of how molecular motors work using single molecule fluorescence and manipulation techniques. Dr. Sun is the associate dean of the College of Future Technology (CFT), deputy director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC), and deputy chief engineer of the National Multimode Trans-Scale Biomedical Imaging Center. He serves on many professional scientific organizations, including the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the Biophysical Society (BPS), and the Biophysical Society of China (BSC). Dr. Sun has been developing advanced single-molecule imaging and manipulation techniques to study cellular structures and processes. His work is published in five books and more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, and he has undertaken 10 national scientific research projects.

Sarah Ellis, Associate Professor, Centre for Imaging the Tumour Environment (CITE) at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

Sarah Ellis, Associate Professor, Centre for Imaging the Tumour Environment (CITE) at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

With more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of microscopy, Sarah Ellis has extensive skills in sample preparation for optical and electron microscopy, image data analysis, and the operation and maintenance of widefield, confocal, multiphoton, and biological electron microscopes. Sarah also has broad experience in core facility design and management. She enjoys training researchers and has strong collaborative networks, as evidenced by her inclusion as an author in over 60 publications. Sarah contributes to the scientific community through multiple voluntary roles and is the secretary of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society and the Victorian representative for Light Microscopy Australia.

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Image of the Year 2021—The Global Winner

The winning image was taken by Jan Martinek (Czech Republic).

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The global winning image was taken by Jan Martinek (Czech Republic).

Arabidopsis thaliana flower with pollen tubes growing through the pistil. The flower tissues were chemically cleared to become transparent, while the pollen tubes were stained with aniline blue (yellow fluorescence) in order to be seen.

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Image of the Year 2020—The Global Winner

IOTY 2020 global winner

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The winning image was taken by Werner Zuschratter (Germany).

Three-channel, large-scale confocal image of a fixed and cleared rat embryo. Two channels show different autofluorescence sources of the tissue, while the third channel shows the skeleton stained by alizarin red.

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BioScapes—International Digital Imaging Competition from 2004 to 2014

Olympus BioScapes

For more than a decade, we have celebrated some of the world’s most amazing images of life’s wonders as seen through microscopes. Take a look at the gallery and enjoy some extraordinary images and videos of the natural world. Then share links to the images you like best with your friends and colleagues.

See more images on the BioScapes gallery

Summary of Competition Rules

You can upload your microscope images between October 4, 2022 at 12 p.m. JST and February 28, 2023 at 1:59 p.m. JST. The winners will be notified in summer 2023.

Anyone over the age of 18 can participate. Evident employees, their families, the judges, their families, and individuals engaged in the manufacturing or sales of microscopes are excluded from participation.

You can upload up to three images. All images must be in JPEG or TIFF format and have a maximum file size of 10 MB.

Images do not need to be taken with an Evident-branded microscope. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Images must be taken by the entrant using a light microscope. Images taken with an electron or any other microscope(s) that do not capture imagery using optical light technology are not eligible.

Macro photography is not eligible.

After participating in the competition, your image might also be depicted in Evident campaigns worldwide and you grant us the corresponding rights of use. You will be credited as the image creator, so please be aware that you must be the originator of the uploaded images and that images must be free from any third-party rights. Please find the full details in the terms and conditions.

Our jury will judge the submitted images on artistic and visual aspects, scientific impact, and microscope proficiency.

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