The first 1,000 entries submitted before May 15 are eligible to win one of five Early Bird prizes. The Early Bird submissions will be judged by the BioRender science illustration team.
Each category has a judging panel made up of PIs and domain experts, who are known for their contributions to the field.
For the Expert's Choice Award there will be three rounds of judging: an initial judging to determine semi-finalists, a second round to determine finalists, and a final judging round to determine one winner per category.
Judges will use a rubric to evaluate submissions and scores will be averaged to produce a final score. The entries with the highest final scores within each category will move on to the next round. Criteria for judging are as follows:
Entries will be placed into the BioRender Contest Gallery. Participants will be able to vote for their own entry and provide a link to their entry for others to vote. A BioRender account is required in order to vote. You can only vote once for each entry. The entry with the highest number of votes per category will win the People's Choice Award ($1,000 per category).
Once finalists are announced for the Expert's Choice Award, the voting will reset. The top 4 entries with the most votes will be eligible for the Finalist People’s Choice Award.
Winners are announced on the BioRender site https://biorender.com, through email, and on social media.
Yes, your figure must be created in BioRender (you can sign up for free here).
We recommend composing the figure primarily with the tools available in BioRender (i.e. BioRender icons, shapes, lines, arrows, text, brushes, PDB plug-in, etc), and only use external imported content if necessary (i.e. minimal use of graphs, data, photos, hand-drawn icons). If you do import externally-made content, it should make up less than 50% of the total figure.
Due to potentially high volume of requests, custom icon requests from our illustration team will also be limited for contest entries.
In addition, while we encourage you to take inspiration from the BioRender Templates gallery, contest entries can not be created from any template.
See our Design Guide for tips on how to create a winning entry.
A graphical abstract is a visual that clearly communicates a scientific concept, procedure, hypothesis, idea or finding. Please review the What can I submit section for more information.
Entries are judged based on a combination of visual and design appeal, effectiveness and clarity of communication, and originality. See the Winning Criteria section of our site for more information.
You can win up to $6,000 in prize money ($2,000 Expert's Choice Award, $1,000 People's Choice Award, $2,000 COVID-19 Award, $500 Early Bird Award, $500 Finalist People's Choice Award). See Prizes section of our site for more information.
Our contest is open worldwide. To be eligible for prizes, you must be over 18 and your graphical abstract and entry form must be completed in English.
Judges are comprised of senior scientists, engineers, researchers, and professional illustrators with deep domain knowledge. Judges were carefully selected for their scientific knowledge, and are well-qualified to evaluate the scientific and visual merits of submissions.
You can either select ‘I would like to be a judge’ in your submission form when you submit an entry or fill out this online form here.
Due to the volume of entries received, we cannot provide evaluation, feedback or comments on entries.
For questions please contact [email protected].
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