Image Competition

The ACR/ARHP Image Competition showcases the finest images in rheumatology and offers an opportunity for you to contribute to one of the most distinguished medical image collections available online. We are looking for fascinating and unique medical images that capture the best of rheumatology.

All images submitted to the competition are peer-reviewed for inclusion in the Rheumatology Image Library. A submitter of a high-quality image chosen for inclusion to the Image Library is acknowledged as the image contributor. This is displayed with the image, and therefore can be listed on your academic CV or professional resume.

The Image Competition is open to anyone, and membership in the College is not required to submit. Winning images and honorable mentions are announced at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting during the popular Thieves’ Market session.

The 2017 image competition has been suspended. Please check back in 2018 for updates.

Image Competition Awards

In addition to prominent recognition on the College’s website and in the Rheumatology Image Library, winners will be awarded the following.

Grand Prize Winner

  • Complimentary registration* to an ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
  • Complimentary four-night hotel accommodations during an ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
  • Publication of the winning submission in a future issue of the Arthritis & Rheumatology journal

Category First Prize Winners

  • Complimentary registration* to an ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
  • Publication of the winning submission in a future issue of the Arthritis & Rheumatology journal

*Registration does not include pre-meeting courses, Meet the Professor Sessions or Workshops. One guest registration to the Annual Meeting is also included (opening reception and exhibit hall access only).

Rules and Entry

The Rheumatology Image Library is maintained at the highest level of quality. Therefore, previously published images and/or case studies should not be submitted. Submissions are reviewed and selected by the ACR's Audiovisual Aids Subcommittee. Judging is based on the quality, content, and resolution of the images. All submissions are anonymized prior to judging.

Submissions must not contain images that are copyrighted by anyone other than the submitter. All submissions become the copyrighted property of the College and are considered eligible for inclusion in the Rheumatology Image Library and/or for use in other ACR/ARHP products, programs, or services. By submitting an image to the competition, you retain rights for reproduction, provided written permission from the College is received in advance.

To enter the competition, you must:

  1. Complete the online submission form by the deadline. The entry form link will be available when the competition begins.
  2. Complete the Copyright Assignment Form.
  3. If needed, complete the Patient Release Form (For HIPPA compliance, any image that reveals the identity of a patient must be submitted with a signed patient release. Your state may have more stringent rules than HIPAA regarding patient/physician confidentiality; thus, a signed patient release form may be required even if the image is unidentifiable. Make sure you are aware of your state's laws.)

All required forms MUST be completed for each image submitted to the competition. Submissions that do not meet all the competition rules may be disqualified from the competition.

Submission Categories

Images in the following categories are accepted:

  1. Still Image — individual image in digital form and must be submitted in a .TIFF; .JPEG; .GIF; or .PNG file format.
  2. Case Study — series of images with accompanying clinical vignette (up to 500 words) describing the clinical, pathological, or radiologic findings of disease progression over time. Presentations must be in PowerPoint format and consist of no more than four slides per case. Although the emphasis will be on pictorial displays of interesting physical findings or imaging studies, each case should have a brief introduction and a summary at the end of the presentation. Cases consisting of more than four slides or in formats other than PowerPoint will not be reviewed.
  3. Health Professional — still image or case study that addresses areas with the practice focus of health professionals (OT, PT, Nursing, PA, VR, etc.). This category is not open to MDs. View the submission Wish List for specific health professional images.

Submission Criteria

Acceptable image formats:

  1. Images(s) must be submitted in one of the following file formats: .TIFF; .JPEG; .GIF; .PNG or .PPT (PowerPoint files only applies to case study submissions)
  2. Images(s) should be sized at least 2400 pixels x 1600 pixels
  3. Color image(s) should be 24 bit color depth. These images can be obtained from digital cameras with at least 4 megapixel set at the highest possible resolution setting, high resolution scanners, or from original stock photography or artwork (with proper copyright permissions)

Helpful Tips

  1. The Audiovisual Aids Subcommittee has assembled a submission Wish List for the image competition
  2. Images should be of publication quality
  3. Avoid background clutter
  4. Crop out unnecessary areas surrounding the image
  5. Check lighting and avoid shadows
  6. Images of radiographic film are best obtained with large bed scanners capable of duplicating negatives or from professional photographic apparatus, such as a copy stand with a light-box
  7. Alterations of digital images with Photoshop or equivalent software should follow accepted ethical guidelines
  8. For assistance in describing your image, view the our guide on How to Write a Caption

Image Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following individuals for their outstanding submissions to the Image Competition!


Grand Prize - Koji Takasugi, MD, Nagoya, Japan
Polyarteritis Nodosum (PAN), Coronary and Other Aneurysms
Polyarteritis Nodosum (PAN), Coronary and Other Aneurysms

Still Image - Nibha Jain, MD, Ahmedbad, India
Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy: Pachydermia (“Bull-Dog” Appearance)
Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy: Pachydermia

Case Study - Laura Tasan, MD, Pittsburgh, PA
Rosai-Dorfman Disease: Nodal and Extranodal Disease
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
2015 Grand Prize Winner Treglia Large Vessel Vasculitis

Still Image - Ernest Brahn, MD, Los Angeles, CA
Environmental Electron Microscopic Image of Articular Cartilage
2015 Still Category Winner Brahn-Articular-Cartilage

Case Study - Cuoghi Edens, MD, Cleveland, OH
Palmoplantar Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis in a Toddler Before and After Treatment with Infliximab
2015 Case Study Winner Edens Psoriatic Arthritis



Grand Prize - Olga Goodman, Houston, TX
Spinal Cord Compression from Tophaceus Gout
2014 Grand Prize Winner

Still Image - Karim Masri, MD, Baltimore, MD
IgA Nephropathy: Mesenteric Vasculitis
2014 Still Category Winner

Case Study - Matthew Koster, MD, Rochester, MN
Atypical Swollen Hand: Mycobacterium Arupense Infection
2014 Case Study Winner


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