Photo Contest Rules

The submission is now closed.


The top three photo contest winners will be featured on the symposium posters. These posters are not only used to publicize the event, but they also decorate the walls of both universities Biology Departments!
There will also be gift cards (details to be announced) for the contest winners.


The voting will be public and will take place between March 6-10, 2023, online. The information about the contestants will not be made public during the voting process, to minimize bias. Only photo title (if entered) and the photo will be shared.
Voting criteria will be based on:
– How well the photo reflects the theme of Resilience or Collaboration
– Creativity and originality
– Technical quality
– Composition
The voters will be asked to  judge each photo based on these categories. As it will be public voting rather than voting by professional photographers, the results may be unexpected. This is part of the fun! 

Rules and Regulations
  • All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person.
  • You are free to edit your images that would not change the integrity of the photo, like changing brightness, sharpness etc. 
  • Collages are not allowed to make voting easier and more fair.
  • Each participant can enter with only a single photo. If there are multiple submissions per user, only the last submission will be considered.  
  • By uploading your photo, you give OCIB Symposium co-chairs the rights to share the photos in our voting platform, as well as on the symposium posters and outreach materials like flyers and social media posts. Photos will not be used without permission commercially or redistributed for profits by any means.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify any photos if deemed inappropriate. Any theme that promotes hate will not be tolerated. 

Photo Credits

The photos in the poster are used under Pixabay License: