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Our 2018 Image of the Year Award has come to a close.

Have a look below to see the beautiful images we received this year.

Stay tuned for our Image of the Year 2019!

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Sylvia Hebisch, Artist, Free Painter, Designer

Sylvia Hebisch, born and raised in Altona, Hamburg, studied illustratiion and painting at the College for Design in Hamburg. Additionally, she learned experimental painting from Stephan von Huene. Parallel to her education she worked as an independent designer and illustrator for children´s books. Since 1989, she has been working as a lecture, teaching nude drawing and free painting at the HTK Academy of design. In October 2002 she also founded her own art school, "Kunstschule am Wohlerspark", in Hamburg.

Urs Ziegler, Head of Facility, Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis, UZH

Urs Ziegler entered the field of microscopy in 1990 while investigating attachment and movement of nematocytes in Hydra. He continued to use various microscopy techniques in his research to investigate cell adhesion in neurite outgrowth as well as host-pathogen interactions. In 2007, he joined the Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis at the University of Zurich as head. He is involved in many research collaborations, supporting microscopy-related questions and developing applications in the fields of light and electron microscopy, sample preparation, 3D and automated microscopy as well as correlative microscopy approaches.

Wolfgang Hempell, Section Manager Imaging & Microscopy at Olympus Europa

Wolfgang Hempell studied photoengineering at the Cologne University of Applied Science, with a particular interest in microscopy and the development of sensors for quality control of optical lenses. He joined Olympus Europa in 2001 and has spent the last decade working on the development and marketing of innovative microscopy systems for the life sciences. He is currently section manager at Olympus Europa responsible for marketing of life science imaging and microscopy products.

Stefan Terjung, Operational Manager of the ALMF at EMBL Heidelberg

Stefan Terjung studied biology and chemistry at the University of Heidelberg (DE). At the beginning of his studies he discovered his passion for microscopy techniques. For his thesis at the Institute of Cell Biology he investigated biological applications of two-photon microscopy. He obtained his PhD in botany at the Heidelberg Institute for Plant Sciences (HIP) in 2004. Stefan joined the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility (ALMF) at EMBL Heidelberg in 2003. Since 2016 he is Operational Manager of the ALMF.

In this position he is regulary involved in organizing and teaching courses on light microscopy techniques.

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Competition Rules

You can upload your images between 01.04.18 and 31.10.18. The winners will be notified in November 2018.

Anyone over the age of 18 with a residency in EMEA can participate. Olympus employees, their families, the judges, their families, and individuals engaged in the manufacturing or sales of microscopes are excluded from participation.

You can upload up to 3 images. All images must be JPEG or TIFF and have a maximum file size of 10MB.

After participating in the competition your image might also be depicted in Olympus campaigns worldwide and you grant us the corresponding rights of use. You will be credited as the image creator so please be aware that you have to be the originator of the uploaded images and that images have to be free from any third party rights. Please find the full details in the terms and conditions.

Our jury will judge the submitted images on artistic and visual aspects, scientific impact and microscope proficiency.

Terms & Conditions (PDF, 39 KB)