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Through the Looking Glass: A Microscopic Image Contest



Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
509 North 12th St., Richmond, VA 23298


The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invites you to enter your best microscopic images into "Through the Looking Glass: A Microscopic Image Contest." Selected images will be displayed in the gallery at Tompkins-McCaw Library and will be eligible for cash prizes.

Here's how to enter:

  • Discover and create—Create an image that shares your unique perspective on the microscopic world.
  • Enter and send—Fill out an entry form, then use VCU FileDrop to send a high-resolution copy of the image to Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 26.

Contest Rules

The contest is open to current VCU students, faculty and staff.


Entrance is now closed.


The image must be a single work of original material captured by the entrant. By entering the contest, the entrant acknowledges that the submitted image is an original work created by the entrant, and that no other party has any right or claim to the image. Any image taken on a microscope at Virginia Commonwealth University is eligible. Images can be generated from coursework or research conducted at VCU.

Individuals are allowed to submit up to three entries, but these must be of different subjects or utilizing different microscopy techniques.

Images must be in digital format. Only minor correction to the original image is acceptable.

Image Quality

Please submit the highest quality image with regard to file size, bit depth and resolution. Digital editing software may be used to adjust image attributes such as brightness, contrast and color saturation.


Judging will take place after Feb. 26, 2014. Winners will be notified via email.


By entering the contest, all entrants grant a non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest and VCU Libraries.

Image: Macrophage (red) engulfing tuberculosis bacteria (yellow), taken with ZEISS FE-SEM, by ZEISS Microscopy


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