Artery 2020 School of Life Sciences art competition

Artery 2020 is an art competition whose focus is to showcase the art imagery we see during our science endeavours. The theme is Life Sciences (Teaching and/or Research). The aim is to capture some artistic science imagery that shows the perspective of our scientists and students. These images will be used in the future to promote the tremendous research and teaching activities undertaken by our staff and students.

This competition is solely for those affiliated with the School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University.

The competition is being run at this time during COVID-19 isolation in 2020 because now is a time when we have been forced by circumstances beyond our control to take the time to stop and reflect on our activities. Some of us are using this downtime away from research labs to write books, research papers and grants. We are also moving our courses to online teaching formats. All of these activities need positive scientific images to explain theories, provide scientific evidence for publication and capture research observational data. We have an opportunity here and now to go through our collective image libraries and share some amazing images to promote the science we do and how we share this with our students.

The Members of the Science and Art Image Committee (MOSAIC) are intending to create an image bank of high quality scientific images of our own to promote our School. These images will be used for promoting and marketing our courses and our research to prospective and current students, industry partners, philanthropic organizations and the general public. If you would like to be part of this initiative and have something to contribute, you are very welcome to enter this competition.

The competition is open 22 June – 31 October 2020

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Competition Terms and Conditions

Categories

Entries will be accepted in the following categories:

Photography

Artists to submit a high quality image that meets the following specifications:

  • Image quality must be a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • Upload File formats: JPG, PNG, TIFF
  • Any printouts will use RGB, 8 bit.

Check if you have additional high quality image files that can also be supplied.

To submit image files under 8MB use the entry form link.

To submit image files over 8MB contact MOSAIC-LifeSciences@latrobe.edu.au

Painting/Drawing

Artists to submit an image of the painting/drawing that meets the image quality and size requirements outlined under ‘photography’ or ‘digital art’

  • Any size original painting/drawing is accepted
  • Any orientation is accepted
  • Any medium is accepted

Digital Art

Artists to submit a high quality image that meets following specifications:

  • Image quality must be a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • Uploads File formats: JPG, PNG, TIFF
  • Any printouts will use RGB, 8 bit.

Check if you have additional high quality image files that can also be supplied

To submit image files under 8MB use the entry form link

To submit image files over 8MB contact MOSAIC-LifeSciences@latrobe.edu.au

Video Outreach

Artists to submit a short video that meets the following specifications:

  • Maximum video length 2 minutes with a minimum quality of 1080p
  • Acceptable formats include .mp4, .wmv, .mpeg, .AVI, .MOV, 360o
  • Film in landscape (especially if you are using your mobile phone).

For example the video specs that achieve high quality and playability are:

  • Aspect ratio: 16 x 9 (landscape)
  • Frame rate: 25 fps if possible
  • File format (container): .mp4
  • Compression CODEC: H.264
  • Bit rate: around 4 to 6 mbps ( or higher for better quality but the file size increases)

To submit video files contact MOSAIC-LifeSciences@latrobe.edu.au

Sculpture/3D Printing

Artists must produce an original physical object/sculpture (any size, any medium).  Similarly artists must produce a 3D printed object (any size, any medium).  must be a physical rendering of the digital image.

Artist needs to submit an image or short (< 1 min) video capturing the 3D nature of the Sculpture or 3D printed object. The image should meet the image quality and size requirements outlined under ‘photography’ or ‘digital art’. The video should meet the image quality and size requirements outlined under ‘Video Outreach’.

Prizes

Winner and Runner up prizes will be awarded in each of the five categories - Photography, Painting/Drawing, Digital Art, Video Outreach, Sculpture/3D Printing.

There will also be an Overall winner prize and People's Choice prizes.

1st prize: $200 (in each of 5 categories)

2nd prize: $75 (in each of 5 categories)

People’s Choice: $200

Overall Winner: $250

  • Chance to feature in the School of Life Sciences 2021 Calender (15 pics to be chosen from all entries)
  • School of Life Sciences Certificate for prize winners (12 Certificates)
  • Poster print of the winning first prize entries and people’s choice (i.e. 6 posters)
  • Winning entries will be featured throughout the School’s outreach and marketing materials
  • Selected entries and all winners will be exhibited at a formal viewing at a future time
  • Selected entries to be displayed on our new School of Life Sciences Facebook Page (with consent and protection)

Selection Criteria for Prizes

  • Creativity
  • Use of artistic licence
  • Image comes from School of Life Sciences
  • Depicts science themes such as:
    • science at work
    • animal behaviour
    • life science education
    • research digital images
    • field experiments
    • animals
    • plants
    • minerals
    • microbiology
    • soil sciences
    • geology
    • ecology
    • evolution
    • environment
    • physiology
    • anatomy
    • visual communication of science endeavour

The Competition is a game of skill only and chance plays no part in determining winners. Each entry will be individually judged on the basis of scientific merit, aesthetics and technical quality. The People’s Choice Award will be judged by the number of ‘likes’ the Entry receives on the School of Life Sciences Facebook page (one vote per person).

Selection will take place by the end of November 2020 and prizes announced thereafter.

Winner notification

The winners will be notified by email (to their staff or student email account) and all prizes will be decided by an expert panel. Any decision of La Trobe regarding selection of the winners is final and binding. If after reasonable efforts, a winner cannot be contacted or cannot accept their prize, La Trobe reserves the right to select a different winner. If any event prevents or hinders the Competition or La Trobe’s ability to deliver the prize, La Trobe may in its absolute discretion cancel the Competition, select another winner or provide a similar prize of equivalent value. Prizes to be announced but will include promotion of the artwork throughout various media.