Every year for the Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition was adjudicated by four distinguished scientists representing a significant level of expertise in a wide spectrum of biological disciplines. In addition, the panel has demonstrated extensive experience with a variety of advanced microscopy techniques, including brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast, differential interference contrast, fluorescence, Hoffman modulation contrast, confocal, multiphoton, as well as many of the advanced quantitative fluorescence methods.