Microscopy Image Competition

Back for 2023. Submit your best immunofluorescence image to win

Back for 2023! Proteintech's Microscopy Image Competition celebrates the microscopy skills of life science researchers. We invite you to share your most striking immunofluorescence images for the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card, a framed print of your image and a  CoraLite fluorescent dye-conjugated antibody 

Entries may be showcased on the Proteintech website, email newsletter and social media channels.

Submit your entry using the form on the right.*

Entry deadline: October 31st 2023

Alongside your image, please include a descriptive figure legend including the following:

  • Catalog number of Proteintech and other vendor antibodies
  • Sample type (e.g. Mouse heart tissue, 4% PFA fixed)
  • If multiplexing, please provide a clear description of each colour e.g. Red – vimentin, green – GFAP, blue – DAPI
  • Please state if specialist imaging techniques were used e.g. STORM or STED
  • Objective used and scale bar (optional)

*Note: Entries do not have to contain Proteintech products. 2 winners will be chosen via public vote (1 winner with Proteintech products and 1 winner without). Scroll down for full competition rules and terms and conditions.

 

Competition timeline

Prizes 

The winners will receive a $200 Amazon gift voucher, a quality framed print of your image and a CoraLite fluorescent dye-conjugated antibody 

The finalists will receive a CoraLite fluorescent dye-conjugated antibody

Judging process

6 finalists (3 images using Proteintech products and 3 images using any products) will be chosen by a panel of Proteintech scientists. Finalists will be selected on the overall aesthetics of the image, technical difficulty in obtaining the image, research relevance, originality and suitability for the competition. The overall winner will be determined by a public vote.

Finalist announcement: November 13th 2023

Voting process

On November 13th 2023 the entry form on this page will be replaced by a voting form. Only 1 vote per day, per person will be counted. The overall winner will be the entry which receives the most public votes. 

Public voting period: November 13th -30th 2023

Winner announcement: December 4th 2023


 

2021 Winners

Past entries: Image gallery

We've highlighted some of our past competition entries

 

CoraLite fluorescent dye-conjugated antibodies

Proteintech's CoraLite antibodies are directly conjugated with fluorescent dyes: CoraLite488, CoraLite594 and CoraLite647. They offer bright and long lasting fluorescence and act as perfect tools for immunofluorescence studies requiring multiplex co-labeling studies without the need for secondary antibodies.

Antibodies: CL488-66376 (Troponin I), CL594-22018 (N Cadherin), CL647-67735 (Smooth muscle actin).

Mouse heart. Expression of troponin I(green) in Cardiac muscle, N cadherin (red) in Intercalated discs and Smooth muscle actin (pink) in Smooth muscle cells of cardiac vasculature. 

Antibodies: CL488-12633 (DAZL), CL594-13720 (BOULE) and CL647-17178 (TNP1).

Mouse Testis. Expression of DAZL (green) in spermatogonia cells, BOULE (red) in spermatocytes and TNP1 (pink) in spermatids. This image show differential protein expression during spermatogenesis.

Antibodies: CL488-17490 (MAP2), CL594-16825 (GFAP), and CL647-16473 (AQP4).

Mouse brain. Expression of MAP2 (green) in neurons, GFAP (red)in Astrocytes and AQP4 (pink) in astroglialendfeets.

 

 

ChromoTek Nano-secondaries

Nano-Secondaries® are the next level of secondary antibodies. They enable cleaner images with higher resolution. They consist of VHHs, also named Nanobodies, conjugated to Alexa Fluor® dyes. Nano-Secondaries have high affinities and bind to primary antibodies in a subclass and species-specific manner.

HeLa cells stably expressing Tubulin-GFP at near-endogenous level were immunostained with rabbit anti-GFP PABG1 antibody and alpaca anti-rabbit IgG VHH Alexa Fluor® 647 (magenta). Nuclei were detected with H2B-RFP and RFP-Booster Atto594 (cyan). Scale bar, 10 μm.

The anti-mouse IgG2b Nano-Secondary is subclass-specific and does not cross-react with IgGs from other commonly used species (here rabbit) and with mouse IgG1 and IgG3 subclasses.

HeLa cells were immunostained with mouse IgG3 anti-Lamin A/C antibody + alpaca anti-mouse IgG3 VHH Alexa Fluor® 647 (magenta). Scale bar, 10 μm.  


Terms and conditions 

  • Each entry must be the original work of the person entering the competition and their entry must not contain any material that infringes anyone else’s copyright.

  • Entries do not have to contain Proteintech products. 2 winners will be chosen via public vote. 1 winner with Proteintech products and 1 winner without.

  • Images must be submitted using the online form on this page.

  • Maximum of 2 entries per person.

  • The competition opens for entry submissions on August 7th 2023. Entries close on October 31st 2023.

  • The image file format for entries submitted via the online form must be .jpeg or .png. The image should be high resolution no greater than 4MB in size.

  • The entrant accepts entries will be used for marketing purposes on Proteintech email, social media and website. The entrant's name, University/Institution and a brief image description will be used.

  • Each finalist will receive 1x CoraLite antibody.

  • On December 4th 2 winners will be announced. The winners will receive an  Amazon voucher of the value (£200) or ($200) or 200EUR), framed print of their image and a free Coralite antibody.

  • Prizes are non transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash.

  • Images should not be part of published work, unless the publication in question is deemed “open access” by the journal. By submitting this image you are agreeing that you have permission from all authors and funders to share this work publicly.

  • Proteintech reserves the right to change the prize without notice.

  • Entries will be honestly judged on the overall aesthetics of the image, technical difficulty in obtaining the image, research relevance, originality and suitability for the competition.

  • Proteintech reserve the right to cancel this competition at any stage.

  • The winners will be determined by a public vote.

  • Winners will be announced via our social media , email and website.

  • Entrants will be deemed to have understood the competition rules and accepted them and agree to be bound to them when entering the competition.

  • 6 finalists (3 images using Proteintech products and 3 images using any products) will be chosen by a panel of Proteintech scientists.

  • Proteintech reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for submitting an entry, which is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions