Competition Rules

  1. You must submit an Entry Form (which includes a required Copyright License Agreement) before you can submit a cartoon.  The deadline for submitting an Entry Form is November 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm Central Time
  2. The deadline for submitting cartoons is December 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm Central Time.
  3. Your cartoon must be an original creation and you must be its sole author, unless you work with a partner (see paragraph 6 below).  It cannot have been published or displayed on a website prior to your entry in the competition. 
  4. You must be a post doctoral fellow at the Morgridge Institute for Research, or a graduate student or post doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), the UW Hospitals and Clinics, or any UW-affiliated biomedical research center or institute.  
  5. You must work in a field of biomedical research, including any biological or medical science, biomedical engineering (including imaging), bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational biology, or a related field. 
  6. You may work individually or with a partner.  If you plan to work as a two-person team, each team member must complete a separate registration form, and both team members should sign their cartoon. 
  7. Your cartoon may contain one to six panel(s), with no more than four panels in a row.  You may produce the cartoon using any method or medium, e.g., painted or drawn on paper or drawn on a computer/tablet, but your cartoon must be submitted as a digital image using one of the following formats: .jpg, .png, or .pdf.  The minimum width of the image should be between 800 pixels and 1200 pixels.  We will not accept animations or videos. 
  8. Images should be submitted by uploading them to
  9. Submissions are limited to one image per artist or per team of two artists.
  10. Winning cartoons will be chosen by a panel of judges and by a public vote.  Cartoons will be evaluated according to the following criteria: depiction and analysis of ethical issues, humor, and artistry.  Once the judges have reached consensus on the top fifteen, these cartoons will be displayed on a website for a period of public voting (not less than two weeks).  Following the public vote, the judges will choose the first, second, and third place winners.
  11. The Morgridge Institute for Research, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to interpret the rules of this contest, and such interpretation shall be binding on all participants.
  12. The judges’ decisions are final and irrevocable.