Graphics Competition

VSS 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Vision Sciences Society. We are seeking outstanding creative visual images for the cover of the VSS program and for the 2020 t-shirts. Images that commemorate and/or celebrate 20 years of vision research are particularly welcome. Images may also be related to scientific content, the Society, or St. Pete Beach and the surrounding area. The image may include the VSS logo or be an alteration of the VSS logo.

There are two separate graphic competitions: a T-Shirt Design Competition and a Program Cover Competition. The winner of each competition receives a $350 award and is featured on the VSS website and meeting Program.

In addition to using the winning images on the program and t-shirt, the images will also be used for other purposes, such as website design, signs, tote bags, pens, hats, water bottles, and more.

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 hard-copy media.

Winning images are chosen by a vote of the VSS Board of Directors at their January meeting. Winners are notified by the end of January.

T-Shirt Design Competition

The winning t-shirt image is printed on the VSS 2020 t-shirts (and may also be used for other purposes as described above).

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 should include at least the year of the meeting (eg: “VSS 2020”), but may also include other information, such as the meeting dates and location.

T-shirts are printed using a 4-color silkscreen process, so the image must use spot colors (solid colors, not composite colors) and be limited to four colors maximum. 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 as comfortable to wear.

The images are printed on black t-shirts and white t-shirts in a variety of men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.

Images submitted for review must be in PDF format. Winning images must be provided in a scalable vector graphic file, such as Adobe Illustrator (or compatible) format. See How to Submit.

View Previous T-shirt Designs

Program Cover Competition

The winning program cover image is printed on the VSS 2020 Program covers and Abstracts book cover (and may also be used for other purposes as described above).

Two full-color images are required: one for the VSS 2020 Program cover and one for the VSS 2020 Abstracts book cover. Each image must be a single image that comprises the front cover, spine, and back cover of the book (see specifications below). The front cover, spine, and back cover can be different images (in the same file) or one “wrap around” image.

The program and abstracts images must contain the society name “Vision Sciences Society”, the VSS logo, the year of the meeting, the meeting dates, and the meeting location. The program image must contain the word “Program” on the front cover 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.

The spine must display the words “Vision Sciences Society”, “Program” or “Abstracts”, and the year “2020” in any order you choose.

Images submitted for review must be in PDF format. Winning images must be submitted in one of these file formats: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign (preferred), or another compatible format. See How to Submit.

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Program Cover Image Specifications

The image for the 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.

Abstracts Cover Image Specifications

The image for the 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.

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 must be in PDF format. Each image must be in a separate PDF file. If your image is chosen, you will be required to submit your final artwork in the required graphic format and may be asked to submit variations of your image that are appropriately sized for other uses, such as signs, website, etc.

Email your image as an attachment. 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.

Submission Deadline

Submissions Open: October 21, 2019
Submissions Close: December 18, 2019