NanoArt Imagery Contest
"The Starry Night"
By Lulu Ma
Winner - March 2013
Purpose of the Contest
The contest has been established to support the atmosphere of discovery and
wonder that nanotech research
represents. The first goal of the contest is for the participants to have fun.
The second goal is to promote the public’s acceptance of and interest in nanotechnology: most people who are new to the
topic really start to “get it” when they see compelling pictures. nanoTox® and the Smalley Institute would
also like to reward the hard work of all non-Faculty researchers.
Many of the illustrations, models and nanoscopic
images produced in researching nanoscale
science are artistic transcending basic illustration and the
Contest Guidelines and Rules
The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students and
post-doctoral fellows. Images may be submitted by individuals or groups, but
they should be the work primarily of students, rather than faculty. The work
needs to be fresh: completed in the six months prior to submission.
Re-submitting the same image is allowed for three separate months, as long as
the work is still fresh and has not won in a prior month.
The submission deadline is the last Friday of each month, and the winner
will be announced by the fifteenth of the following month. Winning images will
be displayed on the Smalley Institute Website, with a link to the nanoTox® Website. Winners will be awarded $200. In
the case of teams, each team member named on the submission will receive an
equal portion of that $200.
Images should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the file is too large for email, contestant should upload the file to the
Rice Dropbox Service at https://dropbox.rice.edu/.
(Click on “Drop-off” and follow the directions, typing “Nano Art” in the name
field for recipient and email@example.com in the email
field. Please complete the entry form (Page 2 of this document), including the
name or names of the entrants, title of the entry, and permission to reprint or
republish the images on Smalley Institute and nanoTox®
Judgment Criteria and Jury
Images will be judged by a jury consisting of representatives from nanoTox®, the Smalley Institute, Texas-UK
Collaborative and the Rice
Department. The winning
entry will be selected based on a combination of visual beauty and technical
marvel. In other words, an image that is visually striking and illustrates an
important principle in nanotechnology
is just as valid for submission as one that is purely a visually-compelling