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Thank you for your interest in Sci-Resolution: UCSF Science Image Competition.

Will there be prizes?
Yes, there will be prizes given to the winners based on judge’s selections and online voting.

Judges Grand Prize for Still Image: $500
Judges Runner Up for Still Image: $250

Judges Grand Prize for Video: $500
Judges Runner Up for Video: $250

People’s Choice: $500

One entrant could win both the Judges Grand Prize and People’s Choice.


Who can enter?
Faculty, staff or trainees at UCSF. You must submit using a UCSF email address.

How do I enter?
To enter, visit Read these rules, information on what images and video are eligible, and agree to the terms and conditions.

Are group entries accepted?
No, all entries must be submitted by an individual with a UCSF email address. That individual should have permission from their principal investigator, lab team, and/or anyone else having interest in the copyright before submitting.

What images or video are eligible?
Any science-related still images or videos that were captured at UCSF. Imagery that was captured or edited by an outside vendor is not eligible. Videos should be shorter than 30 seconds (time-lapse editing is acceptable). Photo or video manipulation (editing after shooting) should be noted in your submission notes. Entrants may submit up to five images or videos for judging.

What about copyright?
The original copyright owner retains all copyright for submissions. Entrants must obtain permission from the copyright owner (typically the principal investigator) prior to submitting and be prepared to demonstrate documentation evidencing copyright holders’ permission.

What happens to images or videos that I submit?
By submitting, you grant permission to UCSF University Relations to use any winning and non-winning entries for educational and marketing/promotional purposes. But the original copyright owner retains copyright.

Can I submit an image or video that was previously published by another journal, textbook, etc?
Entrants can submit images or videos that were published elsewhere, but first must confirm that the publication does not own copyright.

What if I may want to use this image or video when publishing future research?
We encourage entrants to submit similar images or video, but not exactly identical files or shots they would want to publish alongside new research findings.

What are image specifications?
JPG, GIF, TIF, PNG (For best results, 720px wide x 405px high, landscape/horizontal orientation). Maximum file size: 50 MB. Maximum size in pixels: 8000 x 8000 (This the maximum size for the original image, the image will be scaled to fit).

What are video specifications?
MOV, MPEG, MPG, MP4, M4V, VOB, FLV, AVI, ASF, DIVX, WMV (For best results, 16 x 9 aspect ratio). Maximum file size: 500 MB. Not to exceed 30 seconds (time lapse editing allowed).

What is the entry period?
September 3, 2015 through September 30, 2015

What is the judging period?
October 1, 2015 through October 15, 2015

How is the “Judges Choice” winner determined?
A panel of screening judges will narrow all submissions down to a set of finalists based on eligibility requirements and overall visual impact, scientific content and technical proficiency. A final judges panel will then select Grand Prize and Runner Up winners. Judges decisions will be final. Judges may not be eligible to win. If judges consulted on an image or video, they must recuse themselves from judging those entries.

How is the People’s Choice determined?
Voting will take place at Voters may vote ONCE every 24 hours. The one entry with the most votes at 11:59pm on October 15, 2015 will be awarded “People’s Choice.”

If I win, how do we collect our prize?
Contestants will be contacted using their UCSF email address or the phone number they provided during submission.

Please direct any questions to Any point not outlined in the entry rules will be determined and clarified by UCSF in UCSF’s sole discretion.

Additional Terms:

By participating in the Contest you permit public voting in connection with your Entry.

Rights Granted by you: By entering this Contest, you agree that: UCSF and their respective licensees, successors and assigns will have the right to use all or a part of your Entry, your name and address (city and state/province/territory), and the names, likenesses, photographs, voices and images of all persons appearing in the Entry anywhere in the world and in perpetuity, for future advertising, trade, promotion and publicity in any manner and in any medium now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without compensation and without notice to you and without consideration, review or approval from you; and you agree that you will not now nor in the future be paid for your Entry or for granting the Administrator any of the rights set out in these Rules.

Your Representations and Warranties: By entering the Contest, you represent and warrant that:
 your Entry, in its entirety, is an original work by you and you have not included third party content (such as writing, poetry, text, graphics, artwork, logos, photographs, likeness of any third party, musical recordings, clips of videos, television programs or motion pictures) in or in connection with your Entry without permission;
your Entry, the use thereof by UCSF, or the exercise by UCSF of any of the rights granted by you under these Contest Rules, does not and will not infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation, patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, defamation, privacy, publicity, false light, misappropriation, confidentiality, or any contractual or other rights;
you have all the rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the Entry and to grant all of the rights that you have granted to UCSF under these Contest Rules;
 all persons who were engaged by you to work on the Entry, who appear in the Entry in any manner, or have contributed to the Entry have:
 given you their written consent to submit the Entry without claims for payment of any kind; and
 provided written permission to include their name, likenesses, image or pictures in or with your Entry (or if a minor who is not your child, you must have the permission of their parent or legal guardian) and you may be asked by UCSF to provide such permission in writing to UCSF.

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