QBIN is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual

The Art of Imaging Competition 2020-2021


Images by Yuankang Lu, Nahid Babazadeh Khameneh, and Ilana Leppert & Christine Tardif

Do you have an interesting, impressive, or beautiful scientific image that you would like to share with a wider audience? Images are a powerful means of teaching and communicating, and an excellent way to reach a broad and diverse audience to increase the impact and awareness of scientific research. In the field of bio-imaging, we are lucky to produce data that is often inherently ripe with aesthetic and scientific value. Even images that are not necessarily visually beautiful can be intriguing, captivating, and can stimulate curiosity or other emotions.

This year, we are launching the first Annual Art of Imaging Competition, with prizes awarded to the best submitted images. From microscopy to MRI, we want to showcase the wide variety of topics covered by our network’s members to spark curiosity and inspire viewers to learn more about bio-imaging research conducted in Quebec and around the world, and how it impacts their lives.

Two prizes will be awarded for the best submitted images: The People’s Choice Award will be selected by online popular vote, and the Jury Award will be selected by a panel of QBIN committee members. Winners will be awarded $200 as well as the opportunity to have their image included in our next live exhibition (learn more about our previous exhibitions here).

Eligibility criteria:

  • To submit an image, you must be a QBIN member.
  • Anyone working in the field of bio-imaging whose primary affiliation is within the province of Quebec can become a QBIN member. By becoming a member, you will be eligible to apply for our numerous funding opportunities for research and events.

Submission criteria:

  • The image must have been acquired/created using a bio-imaging method in the context of the author’s research.
  • The image should be created in high resolution (at least 1080x1080 pixels).
  • The image should be accompanied by a brief description (100-200 words) of its meaning and scientific value written for a lay audience.
  • You must have the right/permission to share the image for noncommercial purposes.
  • The image may be edited or processed, as long as the editing does not compromise its scientific integrity.
  • The image may represent unconventional forms of beauty. For example, an image can be intriguing, stimulate curiosity or other emotions, without being visually beautiful. The purpose is to engage the public through captivating images.
  • There is no limit on the number of images that may be submitted by a single contestant.

Submission deadline: January 31st, 2021

Note: If you have previously submitted an image to our Art of Imaging initiative after January 1st, 2020, and you meet our eligibility criteria, your submission will be automatically included in the 2020-2021 Art of Imaging Competition.

Submit your image here

For any questions, please email Estrid Jakobsen at estrid.jakobsen at mcgill.ca