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                                            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>
                                      </ul>
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                                        <h2> <span
                                            style="font-size:14px">Instructions</span></h2>
                                        <ul>
                                          <li> <span
                                              style="font-size:14px">Entries

                                              must be submitted by April
                                              3 via <a
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                                                href="mailto:plotting-contest@scipy.org"
style="color:#285eae;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal"
                                                target="_blank">e-mail</a>.</span></li>
                                          <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>
                                        <ul>
                                          <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>
                                        </ul>
                                        <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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