[Comp-neuro] call for illusion submissions: the 11th Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Susana Martinez-Conde smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Thu Feb 12 21:10:50 CET 2015



*** We are happy to announce the 11th edition of world's Best Illusion of
the YearSM Contest!!*** Submissions are now welcome!   

Starting this year, the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest will bring the
creativity of the illusion creator community all around the world. To
accomplish this, the Contest will become an annual online event, in which
anybody with an internet connection can participate! No matter where you
live, you can participate as a contestant, and/or vote for the Top 3 winners

Contestants are invited to submit 1-minute videos featuring novel illusions
(unpublished, or published no earlier than 2014) of all sensory modalities
(visual, auditory, etc.), in mp4 format. 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 (or
written text, if you prefer)

*        Video of yourself describing your illusion

*        Video of your illusion, expressed in interpretative dance (just
kidding -or not-, but you get the idea!)


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. All Top 10
finalists will receive a commemorative plaque. In addition, the Top 3
winners will receive cash prizes: $3,000 for first place; $2,000 for second
place, and $1,000 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 and the
authors/creators will retain copyright of their works. The Top 10 illusions
will be posted online to allow worldwide voting. As with submitting your
work to any conference, participating in the Best Illusion of the YearSM
Contest does not preclude you from also submitting your work for publication
elsewhere. Illusions submitted to previous editions of the Contest can be
re-submitted to the 2015 Contest, as long as they meet the above
requirements and were not among the Top 10 illusions in previous years. 

You can send your 1-minute video to Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde via email (
<mailto:smart at neuralcorrelate.com> smart at neuralcorrelate.com) until April 1,


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, Neurology, and Physiology & Pharmacology

Director, Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience

Scholar, Empire Innovator Program

State University of New York (SUNY)

Downstate Medical Center

450 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn NY 11203, USA

Email: smart at neuralcorrelate.com <mailto:smart at neuralcorrelate.com> 

Phone: +1 718-270-4520

http://smc.neuralcorrelate.com <http://smc.neuralcorrelate.com/> 

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