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Louise Dawe, Wilfrid Laurier University (@LouiseDawe)
Brian Wagner, University of Prince Edward Island (@DrummerBoy2112)
Vance Williams, Simon Fraser University (@vancew)

As Chemists, we often focus on the practical utility of our discipline. Beyond being merely useful, chemistry can also be beautiful. To celebrate the beauty of the chemical world, the CSC 2023 Conference will feature a juried exhibition of original chemistry-inspired art. We welcome submissions, including both static (i.e., electronic images) and dynamic (i.e., gifs and short videos) works (in jpeg, png, or mp4. format) from all areas of chemistry, including images previously shared on social media. Send us photographs of experiments, computer-generated representations of theoretical concepts, reproductions of original paintings, or any other images that relate to the field. Winning submissions will be displayed throughout the conference for all delegates to view and discuss, with a public exhibition component as well.  

Submissions: Submissions are welcomed for still images & short videos related to all areas of chemistry. Entries may include but are not limited to, photographs, experimental data, or computer-generated graphics. A limit of one submission per contestant will be considered. 

Only electronic submissions will be considered. Images should be .jpeg, .jpg, or .png format and should be between 1 – 10 MB. Short video submissions should be in mp4. format. The submission should be accompanied by a short description (maximum 280 characters) that explains the subject of the submission and how it was obtained or generated. For entries in which the subject matter is original non-digital artwork (such as a 3-dimensional object), up to 3 images of the same object may be submitted for evaluation. 

Eligibility: This contest is open to all members of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), or registered participants of Canadian Chemistry Conference 2023 (CSC 2023). Contestants must be 18 years or older. The contestant must be the creator of the image and must retain its copyright. Images/videos that have previously been submitted to another image/video contest or that have appeared in peer-reviewed publications are not eligible. Contestants are welcome to submit images that have previously been posted to social media sites. 

Judging: Images will be judged by a jury of experts and will be evaluated based on their quality, creativity, and relevance to chemistry. Winning entries will be displayed at the 2023 Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (June 4-8) in Vancouver. Please note that video submissions will be displayed as a static image with an accompanying URL to the video.

Contestants retain the rights to their submissions but grant the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) and its parent organization, the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to display, reproduce, and distribute images and videos submitted to this contest. The CSC reserves to right to modify submissions in order to optimize their appearance for display.