Rules and Prizes

  1. Any contestant that is over the age of 18 who holds an interest in neuroscience is welcome to enter the contest
  2. Use of MBF Bioscience products is not required
  3. Images that have won previous competitions may not enter
  4. Submitted images can include but limited to:
    – 2D and 3D images obtained with any microscopy technique including but not limited to: brightfield, widefield, structured illumination, confocal, electron microscopy, slide scanners, and light sheet microscopy
    – fMRI Images
    – 3D brain reconstructions
    – Paintings or drawings of the brain or neurons
  5. There are monthly contests (with monthly winners) and an annual grand prize contest. If you participate in a monthly contest you are automatically entered into the annual contest.
  6. Participants may submit up to 3 images per month
  7. Images must be submitted by the last day of the month. The announcement of the monthly prize winners will be during the first week of the following month.
  8. The Grand prize winners will be announced on January 1st the following year
  9. There is no purchase required for entering or winning the NeuroArt Image Contest
  10. Entries will be judged on: Original and Creative Content, Technical Proficiency, Artistic and Visual Appearance
  11. There are two 1st place winners each month:
    1) 1st Place People’s Choice – The image with the highest number of votes from peers
    2) 1st Place Juror’s Choice – The image chosen by our judging panel of scientists and artists. Images are judged on
    technical proficiency, creative content, artistic and visual appearance
    .
  12. All submitted images will be displayed on the NeuroArt website and on MBF Bioscience’s website, email, and social media channels.
  13. Each person is limited to 3 monthly wins per calendar year.
  14. The Judging panel is selected by MBF Bioscience and includes scientists and artists. Announcements of prize winners are final.
  15. To be eligible for the 1st Place Juror’s Choice Prize (see ‘Prizes’ section below), the following journal image requirements must be met.
    1. Image must be free of labels such as scale bars, etc.
    2. Image must be formatted to 810 x 612 points (3375 x 2550 pixels) at a resolution of 300 dpi in .tif format.
    3. Brief caption for the image (100 words or less) to be supplied as a Word document.
  16. By entering the Contest, entrants agree to assign the intellectual property rights (including copyright) of image submissions to MBF Bioscience and permit MBF Bioscience to use the images in any media, including sharing on social media, for any purpose whatsoever. Credit will still be given to the author on the image when it is used.
  17. For an acceptable submission to NeuroArt please include:
    • Brief image description
    • Technique used
    • Title of captured image
    • Contact information

    NeuroArt Prizes

    Monthly Winners (awarded each month):

    • 1st Place – Juror’s Choice: The Juror’s Choice winning image will appear on a future cover of the Journal of Neuroscience Research published by John Wiley & Sons. Winner will also have the opportunity to publish an editorial article and a research paper. The research paper will go through the full review process. If the paper is rejected, the editorial and image will still be published.
      • Image requirements must be met for the image to be published
        • Image must be free of labels such as scale bars, etc.
        • Image must be formatted to 810 x 612 points (3375 x 2550 pixels) at a resolution of 300 dpi in .tif format.
        • Brief caption for the image (100 words or less) to be supplied as a Word document.
    • 1st Place – People’s Choice: $250 toward MBF Bioscience equipment purchase

    Grand Prize Winners Awarded Annually:

    • 1st Place:$3000 toward MBF Bioscience product purchase
    • 2nd Place:$2000 toward MBF Bioscience product purchase
    • 3rd Place: $1000 toward MBF Bioscience product purchase

    Honorable mention: $500 toward MBF Bioscience purchase

    By entering the Contest, entrants agree to assign the intellectual property rights (including copyright) of image submissions to MBF Bioscience and permit MBF Bioscience to use the images in any media, including sharing on social media, for any purpose whatsoever. Credit will still be given to the author on the image when it is used.

    Submission forms:

    1. When submitting images, the contestant must fill out the online form on the website with the correct contact information and details of the way the images were captured.
    2. Participants must verify that their images follow the outlined rules of NeuroArt, contestant is over 18 years of age, and owns the full rights to the selected images that are to be submitted.