[visionlist] illusion submission deadline EXTENDED until October 14th: the 2022 Best Illusion of the Year Contest
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smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Fri Sep 30 18:36:13 -04 2022
***Due to popular demand and in consideration of difficulties imposed by the
The deadline for the 18th annual Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest has
been extended. The FINAL submission date is now *Friday, October 14th*
We are happy to announce the 18th edition of 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
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 YouTube or mp4 videos featuring
novel illusions (unpublished or published no earlier than 2021) of all
sensory modalities (visual, auditory, etc.) and/or cognitive nature. Novel
variants of known illusions are welcome.
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/theatrical performance 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. 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
Submissions will be held in strict confidence by the Judge Panel. Only the
Top 10 illusions will be posted online, to allow worldwide voting.
Participation in the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest does not preclude
you from also presenting or 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, if selected among the Top
10, and included in press releases and other 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 2022 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 October
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
Author, Champions of Illusion <x-msg://2/championsofillusionbook.com> and
Sleights of Mind
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology & Pharmacology
Director, Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience
Empire Innovator Scholar
State University of New York (SUNY)
Downstate Health Sciences University
450 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn NY 11203, USA
Email: smart at neuralcorrelate.com <mailto:smart at neuralcorrelate.com>
Phone: +1 718-270-4520 <tel:%2B1%20718-270-4520>
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