ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2022

This year's contest is now closed.

A big thank you to all participants who shared their stunning microscopy images with us!

We will announce all the winners in August. Stay tuned!

Did you miss to submit your best image? Don't worry, you will get another chance in future.

ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2022

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Do you take stunning microscopy images? Submit your best image to the ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2022! The contest is open to all microscopy enthusiasts and professionals in nine application categories, with any ZEISS microscopy solution (light, X-ray or electron microscope). The authors of the winner images receive binoculars ZEISS Terra ED 10x42*. All participants will receive a copy of the ZEISS Microscopy Calendar 2023.

Deadline for entry is May 15, 2022

*or newer product model, if available at the date of shipment

Contest Categories

Winners will be selected in the following application categories. Participants can hand in images for multiple categories – in that case, please fill the submission form individually for each application area.

1st place: Set of Emiliania huxleyi phytoplankton, acquired with a ZEISS GeminiSEM field emission scanning electron microscope Courtesy of A. Gónzales Segura, D. Molina Fernández and I. Sánchez Almazo, University of Granada, Spain

Life Sciences

2nd place: Fluorides on an anode surface of a Li-ion battery, acquired with a ZEISS Crossbeam 550 focused ion beam scanning electron microscope Courtesy of A. Kopp, Aalen University, Germany

Materials Science

Geoscience

Electronics

Natural Resources

Education

Archaeology & Museum

Forensics

Butterfly scale ‘kingfisher’

Microscopy as a Hobby

Prizes

In each application category, the author of the winner image will receive ZEISS Terra ED 10x42 binoculars as a prize*. In addition, we ship a special gift to everyone who takes part in this year's contest: a printed copy of ZEISS Microscopy Calendar 2023.

*or newer product model, if available at the date of shipment

ZEISS Terra ED 10x42

ZEISS Terra ED 42

Winners will receive their own ZEISS Terra® ED binoculars that are robust, reliable and easy to use. Their state-of-the-art and sleek design makes them not only light but comfortably compact.

Microscopy Calendar 2023

All contest participants will receive a free copy of the Microscopy Calendar 2023, as soon as available, showcasing a selection of customer images, including image contest submissions. 

Submit Your Image

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FAQs and Rules

What is the ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest?

This is a competition held by ZEISS for images taken with a ZEISS microscope. The top images will be awarded in five application categories. In each category, the author of the winning image will receive ZEISS binoculars as prize. In addition, some images will be selected to be featured in the ZEISS Microscopy Calendar 2022.

When is the deadline?

Images must be submitted by May 15, 2022, by midnight in your local time zone.

Who can apply?

The competition is open to anyone, microscopy professionals and enthusiasts alike. However, ZEISS employees (current and former) and their family members are not permitted to participate.

What types of images qualify?

The image must be acquired with a ZEISS microscope, such as a light microscope, electron/ion microscope or X-ray microscope. Both current and historical microscopes qualify. All samples types are welcome. Both color and monochrome images will be accepted.

How many images can each participant hand in?

There is no limit to the number of images each participant is allowed to hand in. When handing in multiple images, please make sure to fill out one Customer Consent PDF for all images you have handed in. You will be directed to the Customer Consent PDF after clicking the 'Submit Upload' button.

What are the technical image requirements?

All images must be in TIFF format and RGB color mode. TIFFs should be at least 6.3 Megapixels (3000 x 2100 pixels) and have a resolution of 300 dpi. Please only send images whose file size does not exceed 12 MB.

How are my images used?

ZEISS intends to publish the Material in promotional materials for the ZEISS Group. Please make sure to fill out one Customer Consent PDF for all images you have handed in. You will be directed to the Customer Consent PDF after clicking the 'Submit Upload' button.

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References to the Image Montage at the Top of this Page:

  • 1st image: Emiliania huxleyi coccospheres. 1st Place in ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of Alicia González Segura et al..
  • 2nd image: Uric acid crystals. Honorable mention in ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of José Poloni.
  • 3rd image: Gunshot residue. Honorable mention in ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of Stefan Meichtry.
  • 4th image: Fluorides on a Lithium-ion battery anode surface. 2nd Place in ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of Andreas Kopp.
  • 5th image: Arabidopsis live root. Honorable mention in ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of Maria Cuacos.
  • 6th image: Preparation of an atom probe tomography (APT) sample using ZEISS Crossbeam laser. The sample is silicon.
  • 7th image: Polarized light photomicrograph of a thin section of an Agate from brazil. 3rd place in ZEISS Microsocpy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of Bernardo Cesare.
  • 8th image: Synnemata of a new Talaromyces species. 3rd place in ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of Cobus Visagie.
  • 9th image: Axolotl soup. Honorable mention in ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of Marko Pende.
  • 10th image: Zinc oxide needles. Honorable mention in ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. Courtesy of Nick Smeraldi.