As part of the ACR's pledge to be a leader for inclusion and change for our members, our trainees, our staff, and our patients, we're holding a special Image Competition in conjunction with ACR Convergence 2021.The 2021 ACR Image Competition is dedicated exclusively to images of rheumatic disease in skin of color.
The Rheumatology Image library is a highly accessed teaching resource, and the underrepresentation of skin of color represents a significant educational gap. We encourage the global rheumatology community to submit images that will help healthcare providers identify rheumatic disease manifestations in skin of color.
Image Competition submission is closed. The ACR will send notification of acceptance/rejection in late August.Accepted images will be displayed during ACR Convergence 2021 and added to the Rheumatology Image Library.
Update: In our efforts to remain consistent with prior Image Competition policy and stay focused on this year’s primary goal of growing our library of images representing rheumatic disease in skin of color, we have decided to remove the monetary award. The ACR received feedback which contributed to this decision. We greatly appreciate your participation in this important initiative to help close this gap.
If your image is accepted, it will be displayed during ACR Convergence 2021 and added to the Rheumatology Image Library.
In addition, prizes for the following categories will be awarded.
Best Overall Image
Regional Winners Circle
One contributor from each region* listed below will be added to the Regional Winners Circle. The Regional Winners Circle will be highlighted during the ACR Convergence 2021 – Plenary I, receive complimentary registration to ACR Convergence 2021, be eligible to win the 2021 People's Choice Award, plus the opportunity to be featured as the Image of Month in The Rheumatologist.
*These regions are defined by the World Bank.
The People's Choice Award will showcase the seven regional winners, representing the global rheumatology community. The People's Choice Award winner will be selected during ACR Convergence 2021.
Who is eligible to submit an image
ACR and ARP members and non-members are eligible to submit an image.
Images that are eligible for submission
The ACR seeks images representing a diverse range of patients that show either characteristic or unusual manifestations of the rheumatic disease in the following category:
Images that are not eligible for submission
See the Image Competition Guidelines.
See information about the use of Rheumatology Image Library images, including the annual meeting embargo policy.
Rheumatology Image Library Policies
Patient Authorization and Release Form
Congratulations to the following individuals for their outstanding submissions to the Image Competition!
Grand Prize - Aleksandra Bukiej, MD, Chicago, IL
Cutaneus BlastomycosisA 32-year old woman presented with a new skin lesion on her face. Four months previously, the patient was diagnosed with Behcet disease based on pulmonary embolism, inflammatory arthritis, oral ulcers, and a positive pathergy test. She was treated with adalimumab, with full resolution of the arthritis and aphthous ulcers, however, one month after beginning therapy, she noticed skin lesion on her left cheek (Figure 1). The lesion was scraped for fungal culture, which was positive for Blastomyces dermatidis and was confirmed by DNA probes. The patient was treated with itraconazole and had improvement by 4-months follow up (Figure 2).
Grand Prize - Tara McGrath, MD, British Columbia, Canada
Not Just a Disease of Ancient 'C-farers': A Case of Scurvy Presenting as Knee Pain and Refusal to Walk in a Developmentally Normal Toddler
Grand Prize - Manjinder Kaur, DO, Tucson, AZ
Thoracic Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-Aortitis: Chest
Grand Prize - Koji Takasugi, MD, Nagoya, Japan
Polyarteritis Nodosum (PAN), Coronary and Other Aneurysms
Still Image - Nibha Jain, MD, Ahmedbad, India
Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy: Pachydermia (“Bull-Dog” Appearance)
Case Study - Laura Tasan, MD, Pittsburgh, PA
Rosai-Dorfman Disease: Nodal and Extranodal Disease
Grand Prize - Giorgio Treglia, MD, Bellinzona, Switzerland
3-Dimensional Volume Rendering 18-Fludeoxyglucose-Positron Emission Tomography in Large Vessel Vasculitis
Still Image - Ernest Brahn, MD, Los Angeles, CA
Environmental Electron Microscopic Image of Articular Cartilage
Case Study - Cuoghi Edens, MD, Cleveland, OH
Palmoplantar Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis in a Toddler Before and After Treatment with Infliximab
Grand Prize - Olga Goodman, Houston, TX
Spinal Cord Compression from Tophaceus Gout
Still Image - Karim Masri, MD, Baltimore, MD
IgA Nephropathy: Mesenteric Vasculitis
Case Study - Matthew Koster, MD, Rochester, MN
Atypical Swollen Hand: Mycobacterium Arupense Infection