[visionlist] Announcement and New Deadline: The 2023 Best Illusion of the Year Contest

smart at neuralcorrelate.com smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Tue Jan 17 21:18:41 -04 2023

Dear Colleagues,


Due to pandemic-related fundraising difficulties, the Best Illusion of the
YearSM Contest could not be held in 2022. 


Happily, the difficulties are now overcome, and the Best Illusion of the
YearSM Contest will move forward in 2023. We are also thrilled to announce
that we have a new sponsor, the Museum of Illusions. 


All entries for the 2022 Contest have been automatically transferred to the
2023 Contest, which will be hosted in April. For those contestants who wish
to submit additional illusions to the 2023 Contest edition, or revise their
previous submissions, we have opened a new submission period from January
15th to February 12th, 2023. Thank you for your understanding, and please
accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused!


Please find the updated submission instructions below:

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novel illusions (unpublished or published no earlier than 2021) of all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
*	Spectacularity

Submissions will be held in strict confidence by the Judge Panel. Only the
Top 10 illusions will be posted online, for worldwide voting to proceed.
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 will
always receive full credit as illusion creator(s).

Illusions submitted to previous editions of the Contest can be re-submitted
to the current Contest, so 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 entries to Susana Martinez-Conde via email
( <mailto:smart at neuralcorrelate.com> smart at neuralcorrelate.com) until
February 12th, 2023.

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, Physiology, & Physiology/Pharmacology

Empire Innovator Scholar

State University of New York

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

450 Clarkson Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11203

Office: 718-270-4520



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