Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom

NNCI Image Contest

In honor of National Nanotechnology Day, October 9th, the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) is hosting the Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom image contest. Referencing Richard Feynman’s 1959 lecture, There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom, this image contest celebrates the beauty of the micro and nanoscale. Images must have been produced at an NNCI facility in the past year. Each site will decide which images will be submitted to the contest; only 1 image per site can be submitted to each category. Sites do not have to submit an image to all three categories.


The Kentucky Multiscale will be participating in this year’s image competition organized by the NNCI Coordinating Office. Contestants are only allowed to submit images produced in the past year from our KY Multiscale core facilities (MNTC, RPC, EMC, CeNSE, Huson, CAM, CAER, & CCRER). Images will compete internally for prizes, and the winners will be forwarded to NNCI to compete against the other 15 sites. In addition we will frame and display ALL SUBMISSIONS in Shumaker Research Bldg. to decorate the wall of our conference rooms and high traffic areas.


KY Multiscale users must send images via the online form (bottom of this page) by September 25, 2019

Public voting open Oct 7-12, 2019 via Google forms - NNCI Site

Winners announced on October 15, 2019


Prizes for each category stated below:

KY Multiscale Prizes will be announced soon.

NNCI Prizes to be announced soon.


a)  Most Stunning – beautiful images can use false color but the original image details should not be altered. Colorization of the image is not required for submission.

b)  Most Unique Capability – sites can show off something that makes their facility stand out.

c)  Most whimsical – cleverly insert something extra into an image. Example: create landscapes or rolling seas or a still life.


Submission Guidelines:

1)      Image must be submitted in JPEG, PNG or TIFF format at the highest resolution possible. All additional information should be included in a separate file.

2)     All images must include a scale bar. It can either be inserted into the image or shown below.

3)      Each image will need a short description (100 words) explaining the image and research behind the image. The description must be suitable for a general audience. No jargon, please.

4)     Up to two people can be listed as authors of the image. Include their name, appointment (graduate student, scientist, postdoctoral fellow, etc.), NNCI site where the image was created, title of image, full name of instrument used to produce image.


Contest Rules:

Images must be produced at an NNCI facility.

Images must have been made in the past year, since August 2018.

Images may be used by the NNCI for promotional purposes. Your submission implies you have full author rights to submitted images and agree to give consent to NNCI for use of images.

READY TO COMPETE IN THIS CONTEST? Please submit the form below and immediately after proceed to email your images to

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