[visionlist] FINAL CALL for illusions: the 13th Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Susana Martinez-Conde smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Sun Jun 11 07:30:30 -05 2017


***The FINAL (no exceptions) submission date is June 16th!***

 <http://illusionoftheyear.com> http://illusionoftheyear.com

We are happy to announce the 13th edition of the world's Best Illusion of
the YearSM Contest!! Submissions are now welcome!   

In 2015, the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest became an annual online
event, with the goal of bringing the creativity of the illusion creator
community all around the world. Anybody with an internet connection can now
participate! No matter where you live, you can be a contestant, and/or vote
for the Top 3 winners!


Contestants are invited to submit 1-minute videos (mp4 or YouTube) featuring
novel illusions (unpublished, or published no earlier than 2016) of any
sensory modality (visual, auditory, etc.) and/or cognitive nature.


The content of the 1-minute video presenting your illusion is solely up to
you, and the only requirement is that it wows all viewers! Some examples
include, but are not limited to:

*        -A slide presentation, or succession of images, with a voice over
(and/or written text, if you prefer)

*        -A video of yourself describing your illusion

*        -A video animation/enactment of your illusion

An international panel of impartial judges will rate all the videos and
narrow them down to the Top 10. Then, online voters around the world will
choose their favorite illusions from the Top 10 finalists. All Top 10
finalists (and any illusions distinguished with Honorable Mentions) will
receive a commemorative plaque. In addition, the Top 3 winners will receive
cash prizes: $3,000 USD for first place; $2,000 USD for second place, and
$1,000 USD for third place.


The Judge Panel will rate illusions according to:

*        -Significance to our understanding of the human mind and brain

*        -Simplicity of the description

*        -Sheer beauty

*        -Counterintuitive quality

*        -Spectacularity

Submissions will be held in strict confidence by the Judge Panel. Only the
Top 10 illusions (and illusions distinguished with Honorable Mentions, if
any) will be posted online, to allow worldwide voting. Participation in the
Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest does not preclude you from also
submitting your work for publication elsewhere. By participating in the Best
Illusion of the YearSM Contest you agree to have your illusion posted on the
Contest website and included in press releases and promotional
materials/fundraising initiatives for the Contest. You (and your co-authors,
if appropriate) will retain the full copyright of your illusion, and receive
full credit as illusion creator(s).


Illusions submitted to previous editions of the contest can be re-submitted
to the 2016 Contest, as long as they meet the above requirements and were
not among the Top 10 finalists in previous years.


You can send your 1-minute video to Susana Martinez-Conde via email (
<mailto:smart at neuralcorrelate.com> smart at neuralcorrelate.com) until June
16th, 2016.


On behalf of the Executive Board of the Neural Correlate Society:
Jose-Manuel Alonso, Stephen Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Luis Martinez,
Xoana Troncoso, Peter Tse


Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology & Pharmacology

Empire Innovator Scholar

Director, Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience

State University of New York (SUNY)

Downstate Medical Center

450 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn NY 11203, USA

Email: smart at neuralcorrelate.com <mailto:smart at neuralcorrelate.com> 

Phone: +1 718-270-4520

http://smc.neuralcorrelate.com <http://smc.neuralcorrelate.com/> 

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