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September 08, 2010

Not your ordinary art contest

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This year marks the third annual Cells I See art contest, and it's ramping up to be another hotly contested battle to see who wins the highly coveted grand prize for the best stem cell-inspired art. This year, it's $500 cash, courtesy of contest sponsor Fate Therapeutics. But that grand prize is only one of many great reasons to enter the contest--and here's a list of the top ten reasons you should enter:

10. Stem cells are beautiful. Don’t believe us? Check out the gallery of past Cells I See entries, and try to tell us otherwise.

9. Cells I See has a great new sponsor: Fate Therapeutics. Named in 2010 as one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies, they ought to know a good thing when they see it.

8. Fame. Well, a little of it – entries from past years have been showcased on postcards, calendars, international magazines, web sites and science exhibits.

7. Fortune. The winning entrant will receive a grand prize of $500 in cold, hard cash. Not too shabby!

6. The cool factor. Who doesn’t want to include prize-winning artist on their résumé?

5. Own a bit of the podium. The winner gets three minutes on the soapbox to talk about their image, their work and their thoughts about stem cells during the closing plenary at the SCN annual scientific meeting.

4. Get more people interested in stem cells. It’s a visual world, and for many, seeing is believing.

3. Build brain cells. Stretch your creative mind to see just what you can do with cells, stain and a microscope.

2. Notoriety in the stem cell circle. All entries will be viewed and judged by more than 450 Canadian and international stem cell experts during the SCN annual scientific meeting. That's 900 eyeballs on your work.

1. It’s easy and free to enter—what have you got to lose?

Check out stemcellnetwork.ca/CellsISee for full contest and entry details.

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