2021 CNS ANNUAL INFOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
Create a visual of a nutrition and health-related theme
Infographics provide an excellent visual platform to communicate nutrition and health concepts in an efficient, easy to interpret, creative, and colourful way. They offer an excellent opportunity to share evidence-based information with heath care professionals working with patients, as well as to communicate directly to the public (e.g. as posters in public spaces and on social media).
The design and development of infographics is an excellent skill for students/trainees to develop. In recognition of this, the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) holds an annual Infographic Award Competition in an effort to challenge trainee participants to create factual, evidenced-based, nutrition and health-related infographics that are visual and contain key messages that are simple and easy to understand.
Competition submission deadline via the online Infographics Management Tool - January 31, 2021. Submissions now closed. You will need to be a CNS Member to access this Tool.
To be eligible to participate in this competition, the applicant:
- must be an undergraduate or graduate student, post-degree dietetic intern, medical resident, postdoctoral fellow or young professional (i.e. graduated within 5 years of previous degree or within 2 years of postdoctoral training);
- may only submit one infographic;
- must be a current member in good standing with the CNS at the time of submission.
Here is how to participate in CNS' 2021 "NUTRIGRAPHIC" Competition:
- Select a key message related to nutrition and health that you would like to communicate.
- Pitch your infographic idea in no more than 50 words (in English). Although infographics can simply relay information, the best infographics will typically have a clear ‘take home’ message or recommendation.
- Have your pitch reviewed by your advisor/supervisor to collect feedback and to enable any necessary changes to ensure the accuracy and clarity of your infographic’s desired message.
- Once you have received input and approval of your pitch, start to map out the infographic design. Your Infographic should be aesthetically pleasing, eye-catching, and contain as few words as possible
- When selecting images, ensure that they are properly cited (must be creative commons, public domain, or taken/designed/drawn personally).
- Provide a list of 10-15 references used to support the information on the infographic.
- Base any Canadian-related information on Canadian data (e.g. current dairy intakes).
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Before you submit your Infographic, please make sure you have read, and pay careful attention to, the checklist below. These items are needed to support your infographic entry. You will be able to return the Infographics Management Tool multiple times to submit/edit your entry(ies) or to create additional ones.
Form fields completed:
- Contact information
- Infographic Title
- An Infographic summary is included which does not exceed 50 words (excluding references)
Permission to share infographic/Copyright permission granted
- A list of 10-15 references
Infographic (correctly labeled in PDF format); File name should include last name and first name of author and infographic title (e.g. Doe Jane. Satiety and Health.pdf)
- 1-3 references (e.g. reviews, key papers) are included on the infographic in APA format
- Sources for images and figures used are cited on the infographic
- Reviewed by academic supervisor for scientific rigor
- You are a CNS member
Please note, incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
When you are ready, click the button below to enter the Infographics Management Tool. You will need to be a CNS Member to access this tool. Once in the tool, click on “Create a Infographic Submission” to submit all of the required information. You can return to this form multiple times to submit/edit your entry(ies), to complete with the required documentation, or to create additional entries. This form will automatically save every 10 seconds.
- A committee will be established to conduct an initial review to ensure accuracy and appropriateness.
- Successful submissions will be assigned a time at the 2021 Annual CNS thematic conference (similar to academic posters); you will receive notice by March 2021.
- TEN infographics will be chosen as finalists to be presented virtually
* Note that all Infographic authors who are invited to showcase their Infographic must be CNS members.
If your infographic has been approved, you will be asked to follow these instructions:
- You will be assigned a designated time where you will have the opportunity to provide an online, 3-minute elevator pitch on your infographic and answer questions by a panel of experts.
- The TOP THREE infographics (as judged by a panel of experts) will be chosen and announced at the virtual 2021 CNS Annual Conference.
- The FIRST place infographic will be published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism Journal (APNM).
- The FIRST, SECOND and THIRD place infographics will be published on the CNS website, promoted and shared via the CNS and APNM social media channels, receive a certificate achievement and monetary prize.
Submissions are due January 31, 2021
Guidelines for CNS Infographic Usage
For authors of CNS infographics
- Authors will be asked whether or not they agree with the sharing of their infographics if they are chosen as one of the finalists.
- If authors agree, we ask that some verbiage is added to the chosen infographic to be posted on the website. For example: “This infographic was chosen as 1st place finalist in the CNS 2021 Infographic Competition.”
Citing CNS infographics in research
CNS Infographics may be cited in your research providing that you include the following information:
- Infographic title
- Website name
- The infographic publisher (e.g. Canadian Nutrition Society)
- The creation date (although it is also acceptable to use the “posted” date)
- Original URL
For example, the formula for citing an infographic for APA is as follows:
Author Last Name, Author First Initial. (Published date). Title of the infographic. Retrieved (date of retrieval), from URL.
Hutchinson A and Panahi S. 2020. Covid-19 and Nutrition: stay strong by eating healthy. Retrieved May 2020, from https://cns-scn.ca/sites/default/uploads/files/CNS_2020_COVID-19_and_Nutrition_English.pdf.