[Numpy-discussion] SciPy John Hunter Excellence in Plotting Contest

Michael Droettboom mdroe at stsci.edu
Fri Mar 8 09:33:24 EST 2013

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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
    <mailto:plotting-contest at scipy.org>.
  * 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
  * 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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