Nikon Small World and Nikon Small World in Motion Announce 2012 Call for Entries

The oldest and most respected competition of its kind, Nikon Small World celebrates the world’s best photomicrographers, who successfully find the intersection of art and science under the microscope by using a variety of sophisticated microscopy techniques.

Deadline: April 30, 2012

From MarketWatch:

“Nikon Instruments Inc. announced today that April 30th is the deadline for photomicrographers, scientists, artists, and the public to submit images for the 38th annual Nikon Small World competition, as well as the 2nd annual Nikon Small World in Motion contest.

The oldest and most respected competition of its kind, Nikon Small World celebrates the world’s best photomicrographers, who successfully find the intersection of art and science under the microscope by using a variety of sophisticated microscopy techniques.

Nikon Small World in Motion is a sister competition, exploring the exciting new trend in digital photomicrography of recording movies or digital time-lapse photography through the microscope. Movies are judged on the merit of being visually outstanding as well as depicting the intersection of science and art.

“Year after year, we prove that there is no better barometer for competitive scientific imaging than the Nikon Small World competition,” said Eric Flem, communications manager for Nikon Instruments Inc. “And with the incredible work we saw in our inaugural Nikon Small World in Motion contest, we are very excited to see how our entrants continue to raise the bar when it comes to imagery under the microscope.”

Entries for both images and movies will be judged by top industry experts and distinguished scientific media on a variety of criteria including originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact. Entrants may use any brand of equipment to create their images…”

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Nikon Small World [web] [Twitter]
2011 Nikon Small World in Motion Winners [web]

Call for Entries – PRIX ARS Electronica 2012

Since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has served as an interdisciplinary platform for everyone who uses the computer as a universal medium for implementing and designing their creative projects at the interface of art, technology and society.

Deadline: March 02, 2012

From ARS Electronica:

“The competition is organized by the Ars Electronica Linz GmbH and ORF’s Upper Austria Regional Studio in collaboration with the OK Center for Contemporary Art and the Brucknerhaus Linz, and the prizes are awarded during the Ars Electronica Festival each year. The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the most important awards for creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of digital media.

The event calls for entries in seven categories, including a youth competition. And since internationally renowned artists from over 70 countries also participate in the Prix Ars Electronica, it has established itself as a barometer for trends in contemporary media art.

The Prix Ars Electronica calls for entries and awards prizes in the following categories:

Computer Animation / Film / VFX
Interactive Art
Digital Musics & Sound Art
Hybrid Art
Digital Communities
u19–Create Your World
[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant

READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT [web]
Submission Information/Form [web]
Previous Winners [web]

Call For Entries – da Vinci Film Festival

The da Vinci Film Festival is seeking submissions now for its 2012 program, to be held during da Vinci Days, July 13-15, in Corvallis, Oregon. The Film Festival is part of the 24th annual da Vinci Days, a weekend celebration of art, science, and technology, featuring film, art, music, and science/technology related exhibits.

Early Deadline: October 25, 2011

From SalemNews:

“Inspired by the innovation of Leonardo da Vinci, the da Vinci Film Festival welcomes filmmakers of all ages and abilities, including professional filmmakers and new artists seeking their first festival screening. Films will be accepted in the categories of Documentary, Narrative Shorts, Animation, Experimental, and Young Filmmakers (middle and high school). Documentary films must be 90 minutes or less. Young Filmmaker entries must be 10 minutes or less and all other categories must be no longer than 30 minutes.

Entry deadlines are October 25 (early entry), December 10 (regular entry), January 20 (late entry), and February 5 (extended entry). Film submissions are made via Withoutabox (www.withoutabox.com), an online service for film festivals.

All films will be reviewed for acceptance into the festival. Selected films will be viewed by our Screening Committee, comprised of industry professionals. The festival is especially interested in works that incorporate themes of art and science, but all submitted films will be considered for selection. Winners will be chosen for each of the five categories. In addition, two cash prizes for $150 will go to the best “Emerging Artist” and to the film that best captures the “Spirit of da Vinci”…”

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About da Vinci Days [web]