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2023 Graphics Competition

VSS is seeking outstanding creative visual images for the 2023 meeting. There are two separate graphics competitions: the Website Banner Competition and the T-Shirt Design Competition.

The winning image of the Website Banner Competition will also be used for the program covers, onsite signage, PowerPoint slides, bulk emails, printed materials, and other places where needed.

The winning image of the T-Shirt Design Competition will be used on the VSS 2023 T-shirt and may also be used for other purposes, such as tote bags, pens, hats, and mugs/water bottles.

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 file format requirements can be met.

Images may be related to scientific content, the Vision Sciences Society, or St. Pete Beach and the surrounding area. The image may include the VSS logo or be an alteration of the VSS logo.

The winner of each competition grants VSS unlimited rights to copy, publish, edit, print, and use the images for any purpose, including publishing images online and on other electronic and hard-copy media.

Winning images are chosen by a vote of the VSS Board of Directors. Winners will be notified by September 22, 2022.

Submissions for Website Banner Competition must be received no later than September 1, 2022.
Submissions for the T-Shirt Design Competition must be received no later than January 10, 2023.
You must be a current VSS member to submit an image for consideration.

Website Banner Competition

The Website Banner Competition is a contest to select an image that will serve as the brand, or theme, of the annual meeting by providing imagery that will be used throughout the VSS meeting. Although the winning image will be used for many purposes, to enter the competition you need to submit proposed images for the primary website banner and the secondary page website banner. Other items will be created using variations of the winning image.

Your proposed primary website banner design will replace the current banner on the VSS website home page. Your secondary page website banner will replace the banner shown at the top of this page. At a minimum, your proposed banner image should include the name of the society and the dates of the meeting.

To enter the Website Banner Competition, please submit two full-color raster image in .jpg or .png format.

The primary website banner image must be 3070 pixels by 534 pixels.
The secondary page website banner must be 3070 pixels by 178 pixels.

If your image is chosen as the winning design, in addition to the banner image, you will be asked to provide variations of your image for use on the printed program cover, signs, and other purposes.

The winner of the Website Banner Competition will be awarded $500 USD and will be recognized in the meeting program, on the meeting website, and at the Awards session at the VSS meeting.

Deadline to submit an image for the Website Banner Competition is September 1, 2022.
You must be a current member to submit an image.

View Previous Program Covers and Banners

T-Shirt Design Competition

The T-Shirt Design Competition is a contest to select an image for the VSS t-shirt. The image may also be used on other items that require line art.

Two images are needed for the t-shirt: one for the back and one for the breast. The maximum print area for the back image is approximately 11 inches square; the breast image print area is 3″ square. You can submit one image for both purposes or separate images. The images will be printed on black t-shirts and white t-shirts, so the image must be usable on both black an white backgrounds.

The images should include at least the name and year of the meeting (eg: VSS 2023), but may also include other information, such as the meeting dates and location.

T-shirts are printed using a silkscreen process, so the image must be line art that uses a maximum of four spot colors (solid colors, not composite colors). Large areas of solid colors are discouraged as these are more difficult to print and result in an image with a plastic feel that is not comfortable to wear.

To enter the T-Shirt Design Competition, please submit a PDF of your proposed design showing your images as they would appear on a white background and a black background.

If your image is chosen as the winning design, you will be asked to provide your artwork in a scalable vector graphic file, such as Adobe Illustrator or compatible.

The winner of the T-Shirt Design Competition will be awarded $500 USD and will be recognized in the meeting program, on the meeting website, and at the Awards session at the VSS meeting.

Deadline to submit an image for the T-shirt Design Competition is January 10, 2023.
You must be a current member to submit an image.

View Previous T-shirt Designs

How To Enter

Email your images to as an attachment. One email per submission, please. Specify which competition you are entering. You may optionally include a brief description of your image that the board will consider when reviewing the submitted images.

Deadline to submit an image for Website Banner Competition: September 1, 2022
Website Banner Competition image chosen: by October 3, 2022
Deadline to submit an image for T-shirt Design Competition: January 10, 2023
T-shirt image chosen: by January 31, 2023

Past SPC Members

Stacey Aston, Durham University, 2020 – 2022
Kathryn Bonnen, New York University, 2020 – 2021
Cristina R. Ceja, Northwestern University, 2020 – 2022
Björn Jörges, York University, 2020 – 2022
Brendan Ritchie, KU Leuven, 2020 – 2021
Matthew Boring, University of Pittsburgh, 2020 – 2021
Sabrina Hansmann-Roth, Icelandic Vision Lab, 2021 – 2022

2022 Annual Business Meeting


We encourage you to join the VSS Board of Directors for the Annual Business Meeting. During this meeting, the VSS leadership will provide an overview of the Society, including the outlook and priorities for next year’s meeting.

The Business Meeting is an opportunity for VSS members to ask questions of the VSS Board of Directors and bring up issues of concern to the general membership.

You may send questions before the start of the Business Meeting to .

Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPC) Applications

The Vision Sciences Society welcomes applications for three vacancies on the VSS Student-Postdoctoral Advisory Committee. Successful applicants will join the three continuing members of the current VSS Student-Postdoctoral Advisory Committee (SPC).

The mandate of the SPC is to share ideas and proposals about how VSS events, workshops, meeting structure and activities can best meet the needs of trainee members and early career researchers. The SPC participates in the design and operation of VSS events and workshops that are relevant to the needs and interests of early career researchers. Serving on the SPC, as well as facilitating or leading any resulting activities, are also useful professional experiences for engaged trainees.

In past years, SPC members contributed to VSS by designing and operating conference events directed to our trainees and early career researchers. They also provided valuable advice and perspectives to the VSS board about aspects of the conference and the organization that are relevant to these members. Members of the SPC meet both independently and with VSS board members. See for a description of an event led by SPC at V-VSS 2021

Membership is for a period of one year, beginning on the first day of the Annual Meeting, with the opportunity for appointment to a second year.

VSS wants to send its appreciation to the current board for their outstanding service in 2021/2022: Stacey Aston, Doug Addleman, Cristina Ceja, Sabrina Hansmann-Roth, Björn Jörges, and Takuma Morimoto (see ).

VSS welcomes and actively seeks applications from students and postdoctoral members whose research spans the range of areas represented in the organization, and who reflect the global diversity and aspirations of the VSS membership.

Application Procedure

Those interested in becoming members of the VSS Student-Postdoctoral Advisory Committee should send the following information in a single PDF file:

  1. A one-page personal statement. This statement should summarize your reasons for wanting to serve on the SPC, any prior experience, or any aspects of your background that you feel is relevant to serving on the SPC
  2. List of previous VSS conferences attended
  3. Statement of intention to attend the VSS conference in 2022 and 2023 as a student/postdoc VSS member, as well as a statement that the applicant expects to retain status as either a student or postdoc for the 12 months following the 2022 conference
  4. Names and contact information of two individuals who could provide letters of support for the nomination
  5. Current CV, including current affiliation and contact information.

Application materials should be emailed to by March 11, 2022.

Those who applied to the SPC last year are encouraged to resubmit this year if you are still a student or postdoctoral VSS member.

Nominations Accepted: February 16, 2022
Nominations Close: March 11, 2022
Recipients Announced: April 15, 2022

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