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I wanted to bring your attention to this part of SciPy 2013.  I think it would be great if yt made a good showing in this competition. 

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From: SciPy 2013 <scipy-organizers@scipy.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 3:18 PM
Subject: SciPy John Hunter Excellence in Plotting Contest
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Scientific Computing with Python-Austin, Texas-June 24-29, 2013

SciPy John Hunter Excellence in Plotting Contest

In memory of John Hunter, we are pleased to announce the first SciPy John Hunter Excellence in Plotting Competition. This open competition aims to highlight the importance of quality plotting to scientific progress and showcase the capabilities of the current generation of plotting software. Participants are invited to submit scientific plots to be judged by a panel. The winning entries will be announced and displayed at the conference.

NumFOCUS is graciously sponsoring cash prizes for the winners in the following amounts:

  • 1st prize: $500
  • 2nd prize: $200
  • 3rd prize: $100


  • Entries must be submitted by April 3 via e-mail.
  • Plots may be produced with any combination of Python-based tools (it is not required that they use matplotlib, for example).
  • Source code for the plot must be provided, along with a rendering of the plot in a vector format (PDF, PS, etc.). If the data can not be shared for reasons of size or licensing, "fake" data may be substituted, along with an image of the plot using real data.
  • Entries will be judged on their clarity, innovation and aesthetics, but most importantly for their effectiveness in illuminating real scientific work. Entrants are encouraged to submit plots that were used during the course of research, rather than merely being hypothetical.
  • SciPy reserves the right to display the entry at the conference, use in any materials or on its website, providing attribution to the original author(s).

Important dates:

  • April 3rd: Plotting submissions due
  • Monday-Tuesday, June 24 - 25: SciPy 2013 Tutorials, Austin TX
  • Wednesday-Thursday, June 26 - 27: SciPy 2013 Conference, Austin TX * Winners will be announced during the conference days
  • Friday-Saturday, June 27 - 28: SciPy 2013 Sprints, Austin TX & remote

We look forward to exciting submissions that push the boundaries of plotting, in this, our first attempt at this kind of competition.

The SciPy Plotting Contest Organizer

-Michael Droettboom, Space Telescope Science Institute
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