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Library Connect Photo Contest

Never underestimate the importance of a librarian

Sept 11, 2014

Tell your story about the impact of librarians in a picture. Snap it and send it! Enter the Library Connect Photo Contest today. Contest ends Nov. 30.
The grand prize winner will receive US $1,500 and two runners up will receive US $1,000 to help offset travel and registration costs to a library conference of each recipient's choice.
Contest is open to academic, medical/health sciences, corporate and government librarians.


In 2003, Elsevier introduced a popular series of posters with the theme Never underestimate the importance of a librarian. Library Connect is reimagining those posters and related artifacts with photos crowdsourced from the global library community, and we are inviting librarians around the world to submit photos they have taken (or “made” for the real photo buffs!) that exemplify the theme. The resulting pieces will be freely available under a Creative Commons license for download from the Library Connect website for use in your library.
What Makes a Winning Photo?
Like those featured in the previous Never underestimate the importance of a librarian posters, the image should capture the essence of research, discovery and transformation within a physical, life, health or social science, or an arts and humanities setting.
For example, one poster featured a crew conducting an experiment inside a space station, while another showed a surgical team in an operating theater. In each photo a librarian is identified as a participant, but the accompanying text explains that while a librarian wasn’t actually there, the librarian played a vital role in enabling research breakthroughs and real world outcomes. 
We are excited to see and share exciting visuals from the world and work that you help inform.

Upload your submissions today via the Library Connect Photo Contest Facebook page.

Don’t have a Facebook account? Email your photo to and we will confirm all the needed information and post it for you.

FAQs are provided below; please consult the Official Contest Rules for full details.
Who is eligible to enter?
  • The Library Connect Photo Contest is open globally to currently employed academic (i.e., higher education), medical/health sciences, corporate and government librarians who are 21 years of age or older.
Do I need to be in the photo?
  • Not at all. We think it would be tricky – though not impossible – to insert yourself and take the picture!
Can the photo have been previously published?
  • The photo can have been previously published as long as it was not awarded a prize in any other photo contest in the last two years and is not under copyright by a third party.
What kind of permissions and copyright are we talking about?
  • Photos must be original works taken by you, and you must have written consent of all identifiable subjects (see Official Contest Rules).
  • Photos will be uploaded under a Creative Commons CC BY license.
  • Contest entrants give permission for photos to be reused in Library Connect posters and other artifacts, which will be made available to the library community free of charge.
How do I submit a photo?
Who is judging the contest?
  • Photos will be judged by the Library Connect editor and two judges from within the library community.
What are the judges looking for?
  • The judges want to see striking images showing exploration, knowledge transformation or discovery within the fields of physical, life, health and social sciences, and arts and humanities.
  • Research or outcomes that you – in your capacity as a librarian – have helped inform.
  • Preferably, the image will depict a team of two or more individuals working together, such as that shown on the contest web page.
What format should the photo be in?
We want images that can be used in a print poster so we are asking that they be in:
  • High-resolution Jpeg, jpg or png file format
  • Up to 5 MB
  • Approximately 1,680 x 1,680 pixels (does not have to be exact, but any pixel size under 1,000 on either edge would likely be too small)
  • 240 to 300 dpi
How long does the contest run?
  • The contest opens on Thursday, Sept. 11 and runs through the end of November.
When do I find out if I have won?
  • Winners will be notified the week of December 19, 2014. The winning photos will be shared in posters at ACRL 2015 (March 25-28). Posters will also be posted online and be freely available to download and print.
What are the prizes?
  • There is a grand prize of US $1,500 intended to offset travel and registration costs to attend a library conference of choice.
  • Two runner-up prizes of US $1,000 intended to offset travel and registration costs to attend a library conference of choice.