Belly Up!—And a new photo contest

The winner of our spring At Large contest is this photo of a male eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) lifting up to get a better look at a potential meal flying by. Photographer Braulio Assis captured the scene at Standing Stone State Park in Hilham, Tennessee. The bright blue patches on the lizard’s belly and throat are usually visible only during contests between males and courtship displays to females. Assis, a doctoral student in ecologist Tracy Langkilde’s lab, is studying why the blue coloration also appears on some female fence lizards. Females with blue patches mate less often—the males seem to prefer females that do not have the usually-masculine trait—but have skills that may enhance their survival, such as the ability to run faster. The photo is featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Research/Penn State magazine, which just arrived on campus.

Thank you to all who sent images for consideration in this contest.

We now announce the contest to find another superb image for the At Large pages of our Fall 2018 issue. In addition to publication in Research/Penn State, the winner will receive a high-quality print of the At Large spread, suitable for framing.

Here are the contest guidelines:

  • Deadline for submission is Monday, July 9, 2018.
  • Image must relate to research being conducted by someone at Penn State.
  • Image must be a strong horizontal so it can completely fill a two-page spread, and must be visually compelling.
  • Image must be available at high resolution, at least 300 dpi at a size of 11” x 17”. Keep this in mind as you shoot, especially through microscopes. We have had to eliminate beautiful images from consideration because they were not shot at a high enough resolution to be enlarged to publication size.
  • Image can be a scenic, close-up, or micrograph. It can be realistic or abstract, color or black & white or colorized. Archival shots will also be considered. Previous winners can be seen here, here, and here.
  • Although we may use a shot with a person (or people) in it, portraits will not be considered.
  • You may submit more than one image, but please be selective; do not send a link to an entire collection of images and expect us to look through them all.
  • Please provide basic information about the image, such as where it was shot, by whom, and what research it relates to.

Please send your photos to Cherie Winner at Lo-res versions are fine at this stage. If we select your image, we’ll ask for the hi-res version. For more information, drop me a line via email or call me at 3-4750.

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