[visionlist] call for illusion submissions: the world's 7th annual Best illusion of the Year Contest

Susana Martinez-Conde smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Mon Dec 27 19:22:42 GMT 2010



*** We are happy to announce the world's 7th annual Best Illusion of the
Year Contest!!***
Submissions are now welcome!

The 2011 contest will be held in Naples, Florida (Naples Philharmonic Center
for the Arts, http://www.thephil.org/) on Monday, May 9th, 2011, as an
official satellite of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference. The
Naples Philharmonic Center is an 8-minute walk from the main VSS
headquarters hotel in Naples, and is thus central to the VSS conference.

Past contests have been highly successful in drawing public attention to
vision research, with over ***FIVE MILLION*** website hits from viewers all
over the world, as well as hundreds of international media stories. The
First, Second and Third Prize winners at the 20019 contest were Koukichi
Sugihara (Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences,
Japan), Bart Anderson (University of Sydney, Australia), and Jan Kremlacek
(Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic).

To see the illusions, photo galleries and other highlights from the 2010 and
previous contests, go to http://illusionoftheyear.com 

Eligible submissions are novel perceptual or cognitive illusions
(unpublished, or published no earlier than 2010) of all sensory modalities
(visual, auditory, etc.) in standard image, movie or html formats. Exciting
new variants of classic or known illusions are admissible. An international
panel of impartial judges will rate the submissions and narrow them to the
TOP TEN. Then, at the Contest Gala in Naples, the TOP TEN illusionists will
present their contributions and the attendees of the event (that means you!)
will vote to pick the TOP THREE WINNERS! 

Illusions submitted to previous editions of the contest can be re-submitted
to the 2011 contest, so long as they meet the above requirements and were
not among the TOP THREE winners in previous years. Submissions will be held
in strict confidence by the panel of judges and the authors/creators will
retain full copyright. The TOP TEN illusion will be posted on the illusion
contest's website *after* the Contest Gala. Illusions not chosen among the
TOP TEN will not be disclosed. As with submitting your work to any
scientific conference, participating in to the Best Illusion of the Year
Contest does not preclude you from also submitting your work for publication

Submissions can be made to Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde (Illusion Contest
Coordinator, Neural Correlate Society) via email (smart at neuralcorrelate.com)
until February 14, 2010. Illusion submissions should come with a (no more
than) one-page description of the illusion and its theoretical underpinnings
(if known). Illusions will be rated according to:
. Significance to our understanding of the visual system 
. Simplicity of the description  
. Sheer beauty 
. Counterintuitive quality 
. Spectacularity

Visit the illusion contest website for further information and to see last
year's illusions: http://illusionoftheyear.com

Submit your ideas now and take home this prestigious award! 


Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

Illusion Contest Coordinator

President, Neural Correlate Society



Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience

Division of Neurobiology

Barrow Neurological Institute

350 W. Thomas Rd

Phoenix AZ 85013, USA


Phone: +1 (602) 406-3484

Fax: +1 (602) 406-4172

Email: smart at neuralcorrelate.com 




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