Confocal Competition

Each spring MCF holds the Scanning Confocal Laser Microscope Competition, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (grant #1125672). This competition and exhibition celebrate student research and creativity. Students from all departments and experience levels are encouraged to participate. Enter your images in one of the following categories:

  • Confocal Unaltered (No Photoshop)
  • Confocal Altered (anything goes)

Entries will be exhibited on campus and winners published in three different formats:

  • Rising Tide (research magazine)
  • DUNE (online repository)
  • UNE Calendar (sold in the bookstore) 

Guidelines for Confocal Competition

Any UNE student interested in microscopy imaging techniques can enter an submission. An image that has won any other competition is not eligible to win this contest.

Photomicrographs must be taken using a confocal microscope or epifluorescence.

Categories include:

  • Catagory A- Unaltered
    • No Photoshop, can only use Leica software to assign colors.
  • Catagory B- Altered
    • All altering acceptable- please keep in mind how entries will be judged.

Images must be submitted both digitally and in print.


  • Submit file to     
  • Includes your first name, last name, category, and descriptive text for your entry (25 word max).
  • Maximum file size is 20 Mb (megabytes), and it is recommended the file size be no smaller than 3 Mb (or 1024x1024 pixels). Files must in: .JPEG or .TIFF format. Please submit the highest quality image with regard to file size, bit depth, and resolution.

Printed image

  • Submit printed image to Vanessa in Pickus 202
  • Printed version will be mounted on 16”x 20” board. There must be a minimum of a 2 inch border so it is recommended your image is printed no larger than 12x12 inches and no smaller than 8x8 inches.
  • If you have a rectangular image, contact Vanessa for size requrements.
  • Include descriptive text printed on white paper, size 16pt Times New Roman font, maximum of 25 words

Judges will include both scientists and artists. Entries will be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Informational Content
  • Technical Proficiency
  • Visual Impact

Entries must be received by the deadline to be eligible for prizes.

Prize winners will be notified, and the decision of panel of judges will be final.

Entries will be exhibited on campus and winners published in three different formats:

  • Rising Tide (research magazine 2015)
  • DUNE (online repository)
  • UNE Calendar (sold in the bookstore)

All digital files will be retained by MCF and will not be returned. You will be able to pickup your printed submission in Pickus 202 after winners have been announced.

Winning images and accompanying publicity will include appropriate photo credits.

All reasonable care will be taken in handling photos and digital files, but MCF will not assume any responsibility for their loss or damage.

Failure to comply with rules will disqualify any entry.