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Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2018

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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

The overall image winner was submitted by Adam David Woodhouse from the University of Leeds, with his beautiful image of the planktonic foraminifera Acarinina praetopilensis from the Eocene equatorial Pacific. The image clearly displays the heavy recrystallistion of the foram test and the adherence of calcareous nannofossils with large muricae projecting through coccolith debris. The main image diameter c. 150 µm, and the image to be used within the calendar (August) will include an image of the complete foram (c. 400 µm diameter) for context. Not only does Adam win the competition’s first prize of €200, but also has his image included on the front cover of out TMSoc2018 Calendar (see above)!

On behalf of the Society we would like to congratulate Adam on his success. Eleven additional winners were selected from the fantastic submissions, and are on display below! A wide variety of microfossils and imaging techniques have been championed this year, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

The twelve winning images have been incorporated into the 2018 Micropalaeontology Calendar, which will soon be available for purchase! Like last year, the calendar has been produced in spiral-bound A4 format with one page per month.

A full list of the winners can be found below:

1. Adam David Woodhouse , University of Leeds – overall winner! SEM image is of the foram Acarinina praetopilensis, displaying heavy recrystallisation & coccolith debris
2. Ulrike Hoff, University of Norway – Holocene Diatoms from Two-Yurts Lake, Kamchatka, Russia.
3. Susan Richardson, Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic Uni – thin section of foram Schwagerina nelsoni.
4. Marie-Béatrice Forel, Le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – Ostracod Cytherelloidea from the lagoon of Rangiroa atoll, French Polynesia.
5. Septriandi A. Chan, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals – Elphidium steinkern, from Middle Miocene of Saudi Arabia.
6. María José Leaño, Paleolab, Microscopy Center, Universidad de los andes Bogota – SEM of Silybum marianum (milk thistle) pollen
7. Elaine Mawbey, University of Bristol – diatom Arachnoidiscus ehrenberg, from Bransfield Strait, West Antarctic Penninsula.
8. Haruka Takagi, Uni of Tokyo – Globigerinoides sacculifer & photosymbiotic dinoflagellates. From Sagami Bay, Japan.
9. Lynz Fox, NHM London – Cracked Orbulina universa test revealing juvenile stages within. From Indian Ocean.
10. Samantha Gibbs, NOCS University of Southampton – Hand-made coccolithophores of Coccolithus braarudii.
11. Roger C. Wagner & Debbie Powell, University of Delaware, USA – Assortment of radiolarian SEMs collected from the seas off Barbados, dating to the Cenozoic Era.
12. Odysseas Archontikis, Département Sciences de la Terre, Université de Lille & Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece – SEM of diatom Asterolampra marylandica, from Cretan Sea (Med)


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Change of Journal Publisher (Copernicus Publications)

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We are delighted to announce The Micropalaeontological Society has signed a new deal with Copernicus Publications (http://publications.copernicus.org) to publish the Journal of Micropalaeontology (JoM). After many fantastic years with the Geological Society Publishing House (GSPH), the Society’s contract with GSPH was due for renewal at the end of 2017 and through negotiations with a number of potential publishers (including GSPH) we aimed to increase Open Access publishing. After considerable discussions the committee decided that Copernicus would be our first choice as publisher of JoM from 1st January 2018 onwards, for a three-year period in the first instance. This means that JoM is now the first entirely Open Access journal in micropalaeontology. This arrangement does not affect our agreement with GSPH for the delivery of TMS Special Publications. The new platform is now set up within the Copernicus website and can be viewed here:

http://journal-of-micropalaeontology.net/index.html

Manuscript submission is now open, and we have developed a promotion for authors without funding that will start in 2018 (see below)!

There is a lot of information to disseminate that relates to: (1) how the new journal approach differs to GSPH, and (2) how this new model will be of benefit to TMS members and indeed our micropalaeontology community as a whole. Here, we will try and summarise many of the key changes that will result from this new contract with Copernicus. In addition, there is a pdf of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ’s), attached to this email.

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Microfossil Image Competition 2017

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2017 will be the third year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last two years is reflected by the creation of our 2015, 2016 and 2017 Micropalaeontology Calendars. Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2017

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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

Maxence Delaine, Lille 1 University, France won the competition with this beautiful image of two testate amoebae:  Difflugia pyriformis (L), Difflugia viscidula (R). These testate amoebae on display typically have a length of between 150-300 µm and are built by the organism using recycled mineral grains. The specimens were sampled in a small river of Brittany (Rau de l’étang du Loc’h, Peumerit-Quintin, France). The winning image is a composition of 2 pictures obtained with the SEM of the Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences (UMR 8187) at Lille 1 University. The 2 pictures were subsequently combined into a single one, which was then processed in order to obtain this final colour enhanced SEM picture. Read more

Microfossil Image Competition 2016 – View album on Flickr

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All of the fantastic entries into the Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2017 can be viewed here, and are also available on Flickr.

Please do not use these images without the authors permission. If you are interested in obtaining high resolution versions of any image please contact the Secretary, who will direct your enquiry to the appropriate person.

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Microfossil Image Competition 2016

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2016 will be the third year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last two years is reflected by the creation of our 2015 and 2016 Micropalaeontology Calendars. Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

Girls into Geoscience, 14th July 2016, Plymouth

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This exciting one day workshop, with additional optional field trip to Dartmoor, will introduce female A level students to the Earth Sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today. With seminars from women working in Geology, and hands on workshops looking at GIS, microfossils and planetary geology, this year’s Girls into Geoscience event isn’t one to miss. Geology isn’t just for the boys!

Taking place on Monday July 4th. This fantastic event is aimed at Year 12 girls interested in finding out more about geoscience and the directions it could take them. The day will give them the opportunity to listen to women working as geoscientists talk about their jobs and how they got there; take part in hands on geology workshops; and have the opportunity to get a flavour of studying Earth Sciences at university with tours of the campus and facilities, and networking with current female students studying Earth Sciences.

There will be four workshops to choose from, including one dedicated to microfossils and climate, run by Dr Jodie Fisher and Dr Debbie Wall-Palmer. Come and explore how microscopic shells are used to reconstruct past environments and changes in climate. Get hands-on experience of examining deep-sea sediments using microscopes and use these amazing microfossils to reconstruct 100,000 years of climate change in just 30 minutes!

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/girls-into-geoscience

Contact girlsintogeoscience@plymouth.ac.uk or phone (01752) 585975 to book a place on this free event for Year 12 girls.

Microfossil Image Competition 2016 – View album on Flickr

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All of the fantastic entries into the Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2016 can be viewed here, and are also available on Flickr.

Please do not use these images without the authors permission. If you are interested in obtaining high resolution versions of any image please contact the Secretary, who will direct your enquiry to the appropriate person.

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Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2016

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Thank you all for supporting the TMS Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2016.

Calenders are no longer on general sale, as we only have a very limited supply remaining. If you would like to enquire about availability please contact Tom Hill. Read more

Microfossil Image Competition 2015

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In 2014 The Micropalaeontological Society launched their first Microfossil Image Competition. Its outstanding success was reflected by the submission of over 120 images and the creation of a 2015 Micropalaeontology Calendar. The calendar had two print runs and sold out both times. A summary of the winning images can be found here, whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here.

We would like to build on the success of our first year and The Micropalaeontological Society is therefore pleased to announce the start of the 2015 Image Competition. All TMS members are invited to submit images of microfossils. Non-members are also encouraged to take part. An overall winning image will be selected and eleven joint runner-up images will be chosen for use in a TMS calendar for 2016.

We will be accepting images until 30st September 2015. This will provide the competition panel sufficient time to select the best 12 images for the calendar, get the calendar designed and subsequently printed in time for distribution towards the end of the year. Image submissions should be of micropalaeontology-related material. The subject can be an individual specimen or an assemblage. and it can be a fossil or a living organism from a microfossil producing group. The type of image is also entirely open, and can include microscope photographs (reflected light, compound), SEM images or other innovative visual techniques, or more traditional artwork.

Twelve winning images will be selected for the calendar, with one image being chosen as the overall winner of the 2015 Image Competition. The winner will receive €200. All twelve winners will of course receive free copies of the calendar in addition to a certificate!
The society will print a fixed number of these calendars in the first instance, with additional print runs possible depending on demand. The society will charge a small fee for the purchase of a calendar – the price is to be confirmed but will be kept low, enough to cover printing and postage costs rather than to make a profit, and will likely be around £10.

Images should be submitted as high resolution JPEG or TIFF files (less than 20mb) and should be accompanied by your name, basic technical details and a short caption. If you have any problems please contact us.

Legal stuff; by submitting your image, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

TMSoc can only accept images from the copyright holders for the images being submitted. Please DO NOT submit images which are not your work. By submitting your image(s) to the Calendar Competition, you agree to assign TMSoc a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty free, irrevocable license to use any chosen images (I.e. if selected, these images may be used for the Society’s calendar and also on the TMS website or for other publicity purposes – but you retain full copyright for any other use). You also grant the TMS permission to make minor editorial changes to your image(s) including but not limited to cropping, resizing, contrast/brightness adjustments and/or framing.

Submit an entry (by clicking here you agree to the terms outlined above)

I agree to the above terms and conditions, and would like to submit my image:

Please include the following in your email:
1. A short caption (include details of the fossil, and its gelogical age)
2. Your name and address and affiliation (e.g. a University), if relevant.

 

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If the above button does not work, simply send your photo to imagecompetition@tmsoc.org with the subject”Microfossil Image Competition 2015 Entry”.