Graphics Competition

Graphics Competition Submissions Now Being Accepted

VSS is seeking interesting visual images to be used for the cover of the 2017 VSS printed program and VSS t-shirts. For 2017 there will be two separate graphic competitions: a T-Shirt Design Competition and a Program Cover Competition, as described below.

This competition is open-ended in that the images might relate to submitted scientific work, the new venue in St. Pete Beach, or VSS. The image could also be an alteration of the VSS Logo.

A $350 award will be given to the winner of each competition.

Submitters grant VSS unlimited rights to copy, publish, edit, print, and use the images for any purpose, including publishing images online and on other electronic and hardcopy media.

The winners of both competitions will be acknowledged on the VSS website and with a “photo credit” in the front of the VSS Program and Abstracts book.

T-Shirt Design Competition

This image will be used for VSS 2017 t-shirts (and may also be used for other purposes, such as tote bags, pens, hats, water bottles, etc.).

The image should be appropriate for printing at a size that is approximately 11″ square. The image should include the year of the meeting (eg: “VSS 2017”), but may also include other information, such as the meeting dates and location.

The image must use spot colors (not composite colors) and is limited to four colors maximum.

File format: The final image must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic file in Adobe Illustrator format. Please submit your image in PDF format for review. See How to Submit below.

View Previous T-shirt Designs

Program Cover Competition

Two full-color raster images are required: one for the VSS 2017 Program cover and one for the VSS 2017 Abstracts book cover. Each image must be a single raster image that comprises the front cover, spine, and back cover of the book.

The program and abstracts images must contain the Society name (Vision Sciences Society), the year of the meeting, the meeting dates, and the meeting location. The program image must contain the word “Program” and the abstracts book image must contain the word “Abstracts” on the front cover. Other than the words “Program” and “Abstracts” the image for both books can be the same (or different at your discretion).

VSS may use a portion of the image for signage, attendee badges, or other purposes.

File format: The final image must be submitted in one of these file formats: Photoshop, PNG, or JPG. Please submit your image in PDF format for review. See How to Submit below.

View Previous Program Covers

VSS Program Image Specifications

The image for the VSS Program is a single image for the front cover (8.5″ wide by 11″ high), the spine (1/4″ wide by 11″ high), and the back cover (8.5″ wide by 11″ high). The image must include a one-quarter inch (1/4″) bleed on all sides, bringing the image dimensions to 17.75″ wide by 11.5″ high. The image is required to be a minimum of 300 dpi. Therefore, the overall image size must be not less than 5325 pixels wide by 3450 pixels high. Higher resolution is preferred.

The program must include the word “Program” on the front cover.

VSS Abstracts Image Specifications

The image for the VSS Abstracts book is a single image for the front cover (8.5″ wide by 11″ high), the spine (13/16″ wide by 11″ high), and the back cover (8.5″ wide by 11″ high). The image must include a one-quarter inch (1/4″) bleed on all sides, bringing the image dimensions to 18.3125″ wide by 11.5″ high. The image is required to be a minimum of 300 dpi. Therefore, the overall image size must be not less than 5494 pixels wide by 3450 pixels high. Higher resolution is preferred.

The program must include the word “Abstracts” on the front cover.

How To Submit

You may submit more than one image for consideration and you are allowed to enter images in both competitions. You may submit the same image to both competitions as long as the final file format requirements can be met. You MUST be a current VSS member to submit an image for consideration.

Images submitted for review should be in PDF format. If your image is chosen, you will be required to submit your final artwork in the required graphic format.

Email your image as an attachment to: and . Specify which competition you are entering. You may optionally include a brief description of your image.

Submission Deadline

Deadline to Submit is January 13, 2017