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Enter to Win Olympus’ First Global Image of the Year Award

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Image of the Year Award

Last year we received many incredible submissions for our 2018 Image of the Year Life Science Light Microscopy Award held in Europe. As we celebrate and showcase the winning images (stay tuned for upcoming posts spotlighting last year’s winners!), our search for the best light microscopy imaging continues—this time on a global scale.

This year, we’re proud to present our first Global Image of the Year Life Science Light Microscopy Award. Here, learn about the prizes and submit your entry.

Win Global and Regional Prizes

Our global award celebrates the very best in life science imaging worldwide. To enter, submit your best light microscopy images through Jan. 31, 2020.

Regional prizes in Asia, Europe, and the Americas will be awarded in addition to the global prize. The global winner can select the prize of their choice: an Olympus CX43 microscope with DP27 digital camera or our new X Line™ objectives. Regional winners will come away with an OM-D E-M5 Mark II digital camera.

Olympus CX43 microscope with DP27 digital cameraOlympus X Line™ objectivesOlympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II digital camera

Prizes include the Olympus CX43 microscope with a DP27 digital camera (left), our X Line objectives (middle), and our OM-D E-M5 Mark II digital camera (right).

Winners will be selected by a jury and announced in March 2020. All entries will be evaluated based on three criteria: artistic and visual aspects, scientific impact, and microscope proficiency.

Meet the Jury

Our jury consists of global representatives from both science and the arts, including:

  • Photographer Ron Caplain
  • Geoff Williams, a bioimaging facility manager at Brown University
  • Urs Ziegler, the head of a microscopy imaging facility at the University of Zurich
  • Stefan Terjung, the operational manager of an advanced light microscopy facility at EMBL Heidelberg
  • Hiroaki Misono, a graduate school professor of brain science at Doshisha University
  • Zhu Xueliang, a professor at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Yalin Wang, the director of Biomedical Research Core Facilities at Westlake University, Hangzhou, China
  • Wendy Salmon, a light microscopy specialist of a bioimaging facility at MIT

Learn more about the jurors by reading their full biographies here.

Get Inspired to Submit Your Entry

We hope you’re as excited about our first Global Image of the Year Award as we are. If you need a little motivation to craft your light microscopy masterpieces, look to last year’s winners for inspiration. Check out their award-winning images below.

Olympus 2018 Image of the Year 1st place entry by Håkan KvanströmOlympus 2018 Image of the Year 2nd place entry by Karl GaffOlympus 2018 Image of the Year 3rd place entry by Johann Swanepoel

Olympus 2018 Image of the Year winners include Håkan Kvanström (1st prize, left), Karl Gaff (2nd prize, middle), and Johann Swanepoel (3rd prize, right).

Learn more about our 2019 IOTY Award and submit your entry by visiting

We can’t wait to see your images. Good luck!

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