The Micropalaeontological Society 2019/20 Image Competition

Since 2014, the society has held a micropalaeo themed image competition, where the winning images are compiled into a calendar. This has been immensely popular, with plenty of beautiful images being submitted each year. Images have no standard form – they have had everything from scanning electron microscope images, CT scan reconstructions, images of lasered plankton to paintings and images in other artistic media. One year they even had a phytoplankton lamp made out of clay! As long as you are submitting an organism which can be categorised into a microfossil group (e.g. microscopic plankton, algae, pollen), you are all good.


All images are judged by the TMS committee (mix of early career and senior scientists from a variety of institutions), however not all committee members take part – only those who are able to. The committee members are given a choice to participate, as it is recognised that competition judging is external to their main committee role. Thus this activity is made fully inclusive i.e. personal and caring responsibilities are taken into account.  Images are all anonymised to ensure the judging process is fair and free from bias. The judging process in general will be double blind (the panel is never announced publicly).


Submissions close on September 30th at 2359 Pacific Standard Time. If you are interested in submitting an image please fill in this Google form   OR   submit via email. Please put TMS Calendar Competition Submission as the subject title.


A few notes:

– Your image blurb should be easily understood by a member of the public (test out your blurb on a  family member if you aren’t sure!)


Do not include anything within the blurb which might identify you, for example an sample site, or laboratory location that your image was taken in. If you are selected as a winner you will be able to refine your blurb, this is just a precaution they are taking to make sure the judging process is fully anonymised. 


– Images should preferably be high resolution (300dpi) PNG/JPEG/TIFF files, or if sent at a lower resolution, entrants should be able to produce a higher resolution image if selected as a winner. 


If you need some inspiration, take a look at previous years’ submissions on the TMS Flickr feed!

Looking forward to your submissions! 

Deadline: September 30, 2019

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