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2017 UW-Madison Cool Science Image contest now open

Images are central to conducting and communicating science.

Pictures from satellites, telescopes, cameras, microscopes and other imaging technologies open windows into new parts of our world every day. And they are often as artistic as they are instructive.

To recognize the visual and exploratory value of scientific imagery, the 7th annual Cool Science Image Contest is soliciting the best images from members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison community.

An infrared image of the Madison lakes captured in 2011. Photo: Tedward Erker/Steve Kochaver.
An infrared image of the Madison lakes captured in 2011. Photo: Tedward Erker/Steve Kochaver.

Sponsored by Promega Corp. with additional support from the UW–Madison Arts Institute and DoIT Digital Publishing and Printing Services, the contest offers an opportunity to show off compelling science images made by students, staff or faculty.

More than 100 images and videos were submitted last year, and a dozen winners and other entries are featured on university websites and other communications. Winning images are also showcased in a fall exhibit at the Mandelbaum and Albert Family Vision Gallery of the McPherson Eye Research Institute, at Promega’s Fitchburg headquarters, and in other campus venues.

To enter images, visit the contest webpage for guidelines, submission requirements and link to an entry form. The submission deadline is March 3.

Winners will be announced by late March. Each winner will receive a $100 Downtown Madison gift card and a poster-size print of their submitted image. All qualified entries will be displayed in a slide show at the 2017 Wisconsin Science Festival and during the exhibit at the McPherson Eye Research Institute.

This article originally appeared on the UW-Madison news site.