GE Healthcare Life Sciences Cell Imaging Competition - Rules

  1. Entrants may enter the competition in one or both of the following categories; high-content analysis or high- and super-resolution microscopy category. A maximum of three images may be entered into the chosen category/categories.
  2. The submitted entry must be the entrant’s own work, or the work of their institution/employer and must have been undertaken using one of the following systems:
    • IN Cell Analyzer 1000, 2000, 2200, 3000, or 6000
    • DeltaVision OMX™
    • DeltaVision Elite™ or PersonalDV
    • OMX Blaze™
  3. The entrant must have the written agreement of his/her institution/employer in order to enter the Cell Imaging Competition using the images that are being submitted.
  4. Each image must be submitted in tiff or jpeg format.
  5. Entry and submission phase:
    There are two categories: a High-Content Analysis Category (for images from the IN Cell Analyzer 1000, 2000, 2200, 3000 or 6000) and the High- and Super –Resolution Microscopy Category (for images from DeltaVision OMX, DeltaVision Elite, PersonalDV, or OMX Blaze).
  6. Criteria of selection:
    • The Expert Scientific Panel will select the top 30 images to go through to the second round of voting. Where possible, 15 images will be selected for each of the two categories. A minimum of three images per region, where possible, will be selected by the Expert Scientific Panel. The regions are:
      • North America
      • Europe, Middle East and Africa
      • Asia and rest of world (including Australia and New Zealand)
    • In order to be selected as one of the top 30 images, the entrant must provide GE Healthcare with written proof from their institution/employer that the entrant may accept the prize under the policies of the institution/employer in the event of the entrant winning the competition.
    • The decision of the Expert Scientific Panel for the selection of the top 30 images shall be final and binding
    • The Experts Scientific Panel criteria of selection are based on the technical quality, scientific merit, and aesthetics of the image.
    • Judges of the Expert Scientific Panel are:
      • Dr. Nick Thomas (Principal Scientist at GE Healthcare)
      • Paul Goodwin (Principal Scientist at GE Healthcare)
      • Geoffrey Grandjean (Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, California)
      • Dr. Kristie Nybo (Assistant Editor at BioTechniques magazine) and
      • Dr. Julian Heath (Editor of Microscopy & Analysis)
      • Carmen Laethem (Scientist and Project Manager, Aerie Pharmaceuticals)
    • There will be a maximum of four winners. One main winner of the High-Content Analysis Category and one main winner of the High-Resolution and Super–Resolution Microscopy Category (the “Main Winners”). In addition, there will be a minimum of one and a maximum of two regional winners from regions not represented by the winners of the High-Content Analysis Category or High-Resolution and Super–Resolution Microscopy Category (the “Regional Winners”). The regions are:
      • North America
      • Europe, Middle East and Africa
      • Asia and rest of world (including Australia and New Zealand).
  7. Voting phase:
    • The two Main Winners from both categories will be decided by popular vote.
    • The popular votes will be from:
      • votes submitted by attendees at conferences including but not limited to ASCB, USA (14–18 December 2013), MBSJ, Japan, 3–6 December; and
      • votes submitted via the official Web site www.gelifesciences.com/cellimagecompetition
    • Only one vote per attendee at ASCB and MBSJ shall be permitted.
    • Only one vote per person on the Web shall be permitted.
  8. Winners selection:
    • The Expert Scientific Panel will score each submitted image out of ten, the scores will be added together and the top 15 for each category will go forward to the public vote. In the event of a tie, the Expert Scientific Panel will rate the tied images again to decide which images go forward to the final. If the images still tie, then all images on the same score go forward to the public vote.
    • The Main Winners of the High-Content Analysis Category (top 15 images) and High-Resolution and Super–Resolution Microscopy Category (top 15 images) will be selected from the top 30 images decided by the Expert Scientific Panel. The votes for each image will be calculated as a percentage of the total votes from each source (Web vote, Conference vote; including ASCB, MBSJ) and added together to provide a total percentage score. The winners will be decided by who receives the largest percentage score.
    • The Regional Winner(s) will have received the highest percentage of votes for their image in their region (irrespective of whether it is an image from the High-Content Analysis Category or High-Resolution and Super–Resolution Microscopy Category). The decision of the popular vote for the selection of the winners shall be final and binding.
    • The entrant(s) having submitted the images that obtain the highest number of votes and that is eligible to receive the prize under applicable local laws and regulations, as well as GE’s internal policies and rules, will be selected as the winner(s). GE Healthcare’s decision and the selection of the winner(s) shall be final and binding.
  9. Prize:
    • Each winner will receive a trip to New York City, USA for themselves and a professional colleague, who may not be a prior competition prize winner, on 25/26/27 April 2014 (date subject to change). No alternative dates for travel shall be arranged. The winner and their guest must each possess a valid passport and attain an appropriate visa (if necessary). In addition, the winner must provide GE Healthcare with written confirmation from their institution/employer that their chosen guest is a professional colleague and that they may accompany the winner on the New York weekend. The prize includes economy air travel, taxi from and back to a major New York airport, two nights’ accommodation at a General Electric Company-designated hotel, and an evening meal (valued up to $200 total).
    • In addition to NYC trip, there will be a journal free subscription granted to the top 30 eligible semi-finalists entering the public vote phase.
    • Entry into the competition constitutes entrant's irrevocable permission, at no additional compensation or consideration, for General Electric Company or its affiliates to reproduce the entrant’s entry in scientific or promotional communications including, but not limited to, GE Healthcare’s Discovery Matters publication, Cell Imaging Competition calendar, www.gelifesciences.com, and www.api.com.The entrant warrants that there is no third party intellectual property right that prevents such reproduction.
  10. Entry into the competition constitutes entrant’s irrevocable permission for General Electric Company employees or GE Healthcare nominated personnel to contact entrant for further discussion/clarification of entry details as required, in order to produce scientific or promotional communications.
  11. Employees of General Electric Company and its affiliates, and their immediate families, the Expert Scientific Panel of judges, and employees from their organization, including their immediate families, are not eligible to participate in this competition. Entrants must be eighteen years of age or older. Applicable taxes, if any, shall be the sole responsibility of the contest winner. Offer void where prohibited.
  12. This competition is being run by GE Healthcare UK Limited.
  13. Entrants participation in the Cell Imaging Competition constitutes agreement to GE Healthcare’s Privacy Policy (please click here for full policy)
  14. Entrants are only eligible to win the Cell Imaging Competition on one occasion. Prior winners may submit images to the Competition hors concours. A maximum of four hors concours images may be selected by the Expert Scientific Panel among the top 30 images and displayed on the Imaging Competition website. No prior winners’ images, however, are eligible to be voted on or win a prize.
  15. By submitting an entry to the Cell Imaging Competition, the entrant agrees to be bound by these rules. Failure to accept and comply with all competition rules shall disqualify an entrant.