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The Robert Savage Image Award

photo award winners displayed in Singer Hall

If you have taken pictures as part of laboratory or field work, or in your treks around campus or other parts of the world while social distancing, submit your best shots for a chance to win a cash prize and have your photo displayed in the hallowed halls of the new Singer building!

Submitted images will be judged, and the winners will be announced at the end of year picnic on May 7.

The top three images will be awarded from the Savage Fund. This endowed fund was established by students and colleagues to honor Professor Robert E. Savage, the first professor of Cell Biology at Swarthmore College. We're happy to be able to give this award, which is an especially nice match to Bob's interests in biology and the arts.

Previous years' submissions and winners can be found here, and the winning photos from the past 15 years are displayed on the third floor of the Singer building.

To qualify, YOU MUST:

Submit only ONE image per student.

Have taken at least ONE Biology course at Swarthmore.

To qualify, your IMAGES must:

Include a caption- attach a few sentences of interesting information about the subject. If you have a photomicrograph, describe the microscopic technique (i.e., brightfield, confocal, etc.)

Be emailed to Matt Powell by Wednesday, May 1st, @ NOON. If you have a video and it is too large to submit via email or Google Docs, please contact Matt to make other arrangements.

Be submitted at the highest resolution possible. Images should have a resolution of at least 1800 x 1440. Mobile phone photos are great. 

NOT include scale bars,  and movies must have a strong clear opening image that could be reproduced.

We anticipate using at least some of the images on our departmental website, Instagram page, and to decorate the halls of Singer. Your submission of your work means that you will allow us to do this.


In Memory of Robert Savage

“Bob Savage’s philosophies on science and education and his sense of fun were a potent combination.”

In Memory of Robert Savage