Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research

Indiana University Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research Photography Contest: The Eye: The Window to our World

The goal of this Contest is to utilize artistic still images to tell a compelling story, which will help to foster interest and awareness of the importance of the eye and vision care to individuals and society.

Windows to the Soul Vision of the World

2017 BCOR Photography Contest First Place                             2016 BCOR Photography Contest First Place
Artist:  Chris Forrester                                                                    Artist:  Rachael Silberstein
Title:  Windows to the Soul                                                             Title:  Vision of the World

Terms and Conditions

 These Terms and Conditions pertain to a Photography Contest themed The Eye: The Window to Our World (“Contest”) offered by the Borish Center of Ophthalmic Research, on behalf of the Trustees of Indiana University (“IU”).

Participant Requirements

Any professional or amateur photographer, regardless of age, gender, or nationality, may participate.

Entry Categories
Category A: Single photo: Single still image representing the theme
Category B: Photo story: Two to three still images that present the theme
Entry Period

February 15 - April 1, 2018 (08:00 AM Eastern Time)

 Entry Requirements

1. All entries may also be posted online
2. Entry is limited to original works that have not previously been displayed
or exhibited in this Contest and to which the Participant holds all applicable rights.
3. Entries per Participant are limited to a total of ten works; for example, two entries
in Category A and one entry of four photographs in Category B would be counted as
a total of six works.
4. The same works or portions of the same works cannot be submitted to both the
single photo category and photo story category.
5.  Image data files created with any digital device including smartphones, digital still
cameras are allowed (including medium and large-format cameras and microscopes).
6.  Images that have been retouched using software or by other means will be accepted,
including retouched photography using a camera app or photo-editing application.
7.  Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. No entries will be accepted on film,
nor will scans of photographs taken by film.
8.  File size may be up to 20 MB per work, and the recommended file format is JPEG/150ppi minimum,
with a long side of 11”. Winners may be requested to provide higher resolution images for publication or
display purposes related to the Contest, however. 
9.  The standard color space for the judging process is sRGB

Judging and Awards
1. A panel of judges will be selected by IU to evaluate the entries. All entries may also be posted online for
a “Viewer’s Choice” award.  Anyone may vote online for the Viewer’s Choice award, and evaluation by the
judges will occur in mid-April.
2. The winners will be notified through email by the end of May 2018.
3. A plaque and Apple Watch will be provided to the first place Participant in both of the entrance categories
A and B described above.
*The value of any prize awarded may be considered taxable income to the Participant and may require IU to report the value of the
prize to federal and state revenue agencies.
**Should a winner be disqualified from the Contest after an award is given, the Award will be revoked and must be returned by Participant.

1. Entrants may withdraw from the contest at any time.
2. IU may elect to suspend or postpone receipt of any or all entries if in its judgment the Contest cannot be run
smoothly, securely or without affecting the fairness of the judging due to circumstances beyond its control,
including but not limited to computer viruses.
3. The names of the winners will appear with any displayed Entry, unless Participant notifies IU upon entry that
he or she would prefer to remain anonymous. 


Inquiries can be directed to:

Dr. Pete Kollbaum
Associate Dean for Research
Indiana University School of Optometry
800 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 856-0108

Before proceeding , please read the participant agreement