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style="font-size:18px;font-weight:normal;color:#285eae;font-family:Georgia;line-height:150%">Scientific
                                          Computing with Python-Austin,
                                          Texas-June 24-29, 2013</span></span></p>
                                    <h1> <span style="font-size:14px">SciPy
                                        John Hunter Excellence in
                                        Plotting Contest</span></h1>
                                    <p> <span style="font-size:14px">In
                                        memory of John Hunter, we are
                                        pleased to announce the first
                                        SciPy John Hunter Excellence in
                                        Plotting Competition. This open
                                        competition aims to highlight
                                        the importance of quality
                                        plotting to scientific progress
                                        and showcase the capabilities of
                                        the current generation of
                                        plotting software. Participants
                                        are invited to submit scientific
                                        plots to be judged by a panel.
                                        The winning entries will be
                                        announced and displayed at the
                                        conference.</span></p>
                                    <p> <span style="font-size:14px">NumFOCUS
                                        is graciously sponsoring cash
                                        prizes for the winners in the
                                        following amounts:</span></p>
                                    <ul>
                                      <li> <span style="font-size:14px">1st
                                          prize: $500</span></li>
                                      <li> <span style="font-size:14px">2nd
                                          prize: $200</span></li>
                                      <li> <span style="font-size:14px">3rd
                                          prize: $100</span></li>
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                                      <h2> <span style="font-size:14px">Instructions</span></h2>
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                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">Entries
                                            must be submitted by April 3
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                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">Plots
                                            may be produced with any
                                            combination of Python-based
                                            tools (it is not required
                                            that they use matplotlib,
                                            for example).</span></li>
                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">Source
                                            code for the plot must be
                                            provided, along with a
                                            rendering of the plot in a
                                            vector format (PDF, PS,
                                            etc.). If the data can not
                                            be shared for reasons of
                                            size or licensing, "fake"
                                            data may be substituted,
                                            along with an image of the
                                            plot using real data.</span></li>
                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">Entries
                                            will be judged on their
                                            clarity, innovation and
                                            aesthetics, but most
                                            importantly for their
                                            effectiveness in
                                            illuminating real scientific
                                            work. Entrants are
                                            encouraged to submit plots
                                            that were used during the
                                            course of research, rather
                                            than merely being
                                            hypothetical.</span></li>
                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">SciPy
                                            reserves the right to
                                            display the entry at the
                                            conference, use in any
                                            materials or on its website,
                                            providing attribution to the
                                            original author(s).</span></li>
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                                      <h2> <span style="font-size:14px">Important
                                          dates:</span></h2>
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                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">April
                                            3rd: Plotting submissions
                                            due</span></li>
                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">Monday-Tuesday,
                                            June 24 - 25: SciPy 2013
                                            Tutorials, Austin TX</span></li>
                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">Wednesday-Thursday,
                                            June 26 - 27: SciPy 2013
                                            Conference, Austin TX *
                                            Winners will be announced
                                            during the conference days</span></li>
                                        <li> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">Friday-Saturday,
                                            June 27 - 28: SciPy 2013
                                            Sprints, Austin TX &amp;
                                            remote</span></li>
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                                      <p> <span style="font-size:14px">We
                                          look forward to exciting
                                          submissions that push the
                                          boundaries of plotting, in
                                          this, our first attempt at
                                          this kind of competition.</span></p>
                                      <p> <span style="font-size:14px">The
                                          SciPy Plotting Contest
                                          Organizer</span></p>
                                      <span style="font-size:14px">-Michael
                                        Droettboom, Space Telescope
                                        Science Institute</span></div>
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