Image Competition

The American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Professionals invite you to submit a case-based image and take advantage of the opportunity to have your work peer-reviewed by experts in the field. If accepted, your image will be digitally displayed in the distinguished international venue of the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting and added to the ACR Rheumatology Image Library collection. One image will be selected as the winner of the Image Competition and be published in the Arthritis & Rheumatology journal. The winner will receive complimentary registration to the 2018 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.*

*Registration does not include pre-meeting courses, Meet the Professor sessions, or workshops.

Call for Images is Closed

Thanks to everyone who submitted images.

Image Submission Eligibility

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 on the following disease categories:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Vasculitis

Images showing either characteristic or unusual manifestations of the rheumatic disease categories above may be submitted.

Images that are not eligible for submission

  • Images that have been published before the ACR/ARP Image Competition submission deadline (June 5, 2018 at noon ET)
  • Images that are copyrighted
  • Images that have been previously submitted to the ACR/ARP Image Competition

Image Submission Guidelines

Download the ACR/ARP Image Competition Call for Images for image submission guidelines and procedures.

Download the Patient Authorization and Release Form to include in your submission.

Image Submission Timeline

The 2018 image submission period is April 10 – June 5. ACR will send notifications of acceptance / rejection to submitters in mid-August.

Image Permissions

Copyright law covers all images and captions in the ACR Rheumatology Image Library published by the American College of Rheumatology, including images and captions displayed at ACR/ARP Annual Meeting. No images may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior permission of the ACR with the exception of oral educational presentations for non-commercial educational, informational, and research purposes. See the ACR Rheumatology Image Library License and Terms of Use. For the purposes of this statement, the term “reproduce” includes all forms of reproduction, including, but not limited to, print, electronic, and photographed formats.

ACR Image Approval Process
Individuals who seek to use images and associated captions from the ACR Rheumatology Image Library must comply with the terms of License. Permission requests to reproduce an image must be submitted by email to

For media inquiries, please see ACR press guidelines.

Reproducing ACR Images for Dissemination Before the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting

  • Requests to reproduce accepted images from the 2018 Image Competition for dissemination prior to the Annual Meeting will not be approved.
  • Per the ACR Image Embargo Policy, academic institutions, private organizations, and companies with products whose value may be influenced by information contained in an image may issue a press release to coincide with the availability of an image online.
  • Permission to issue a press release does not require ACR approval. However, it must comply with the ACR Image Embargo Policy. Violation of this policy may result in the image being withdrawn from the meeting or other measures deemed appropriate.

For more information regarding press releases, please contact the ACR public relations department at

ACR Winning Image Article Approval Process
Excerpts or the entirety of the winning image article published in Arthritis & Rheumatology may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of the publisher. Send permission requests to:

Permissions Department
c/o John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Fax: 201-748-6008

Commercial entities seeking permission to reprint must obtain all materials from the contributor and/or publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The ACR cannot provide any materials.

Image Embargo Policy

Accepted images are made available online in advance of the meeting, and are published on the ACR Rheumatology Image Library. The winning image will be published in an issue of our scientific journal, Arthritis & Rheumatology. Information contained in image submissions may not be released until the images appear online. Academic institutions, private organizations, and companies with products whose value may be influenced by information contained in an image submission may issue a press release to coincide with the availability of an ACR image on the ACR Rheumatology Image Library. However, the ACR continues to require that information that goes beyond what is contained in the image submission (e.g., discussion of the image done as part of a scientific presentation or presentation of additional new information that will be available at the time of the meeting) is under embargo until October 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM CT.

Violation of this policy may result in the image being withdrawn from the meeting and other measures deemed appropriate. Contributors are responsible for notifying financial and other sponsors about this policy. If you have questions about the ACR Image Embargo Policy, please contact ACR at

Image Competition Winners

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



Grand Prize - Manjinder Kaur, DO, Tucson, AZ
Thoracic Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-Aortitis: Chest
ACR Image competition winner 2018 Thoracic Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-Aortitis: Chest


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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