Microfossil Image Competition 2023 for 2024 TMS Calendar – Entry

Entries are now closed! Thank you for all your submissions – come back next year! 2024 Calendars are still available here!

Since 2014, The Micropalaeontological Society (TMS) has annually held a micropalaeontology-themed image competition, where the winning 12 images form our TMS calendar for 2024.

This year’s competition is now open so please submit your images: https://forms.gle/4De469WLJxNKju6BA!

To submit an image, please fill in the form before Tuesday the 18th of July 2023 at 2359 Pacific Time. Late entries will not be accepted. To submit an image, you must be a TMS member. Join here: https://www.tmsoc.org/membership/

12 lucky winners will get their images included in the TMS calendar, decorating laboratories and homes all over the world (with your contact details on it if you wish!).


-1 TMS calendar for each of the 12 winners

-150 euros for the first-place image

-50 euros for the second-place image

Images have no standard form – we’ve had everything from SEMs, CT scan reconstructions, images of lasered forams to paintings and images in other artistic media. One year we even had an image of a coccolithophore lamp made out of clay! As long as you’re submitting an organism which can be categorised into a microfossil group, you’re all good. Micropalaeo-geochem hybrid scientists are most welcome to send in images. If you need inspiration, look at previous years’ submissions on our Flickr feed! https://www.flickr.com/photos/128916312@N03/albums.

The winning 12 images are selected by TMS committee members: a mix of early career and senior scientists from a variety of institutions and geographic locations. These images are then shared with our members and the wider community via our Facebook site for selection of the first and second place images. Images are anonymised. The publicity officer who-ordinates the competition will not take part in the judging process.

A few notes:

– The information associated with the image should be easily understood by a general public member (test out your blurb on a family member if you aren’t sure!)

– Do not include anything within the blurb which might identify you, for example, a sample site or laboratory location where your image was taken. This ensures that judging is anonymous. If you are selected as a winner, you will be able to refine your blurb.

– Images should preferably be high resolution (300dpi) PNG/JPEG/TIFF files, or if sent at a lower resolution, entrants should be able to produce a higher resolution image if selected as a winner.

If you have any questions email the publicity officer, Jaime Y. Suárez-Ibarra.

Do not forget to have your membership active!

Looking forward to your submissions!

Entries are now closed! Thank you for all your submissions – come back next year!