2024 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 healthcare 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 trainees/early career professionals to develop. In recognition of this, the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) holds an annual Infographic Award Competition in an effort to challenge trainees/early career professionals to create factual, evidence-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, 2024. 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 early-career 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 CNS at the time of submission.
Instructions for participation in the CNS 2024 "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).
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 to the Infographics Management Tool multiple times to submit/edit your entry.
- 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
- Documents uploaded:
- A list of 10-15 references
- New for 2024! Head shot photograph of submitting author
- 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).
- Technical Specifications for the .pdf infographic upload:
- File size must be below 10 MB.
- There are no specific requirements for the dimensions of the infographic .pdf for upload purposes. However, please note that if you are selected, you are required to attend the full conference, in-person, in Edmonton, Alberta and the physical printing requirements will be: full colour, sized 24” x 36” minimum to 42” x 42” maximum.
- The file must be saved as a .pdf. No other formats will be accepted.
- Optimize for screen, not for print*
- Save as a standard .pdf
- Do not save as "press-ready"; high-quality print resolution not required for the upload *
- Printer-ready features such as crop marks not necessary
- 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
* NOTE: If you are selected, you are required to attend the full conference, in-person, in Edmonton, Alberta and the physical printing requirements will be: full colour, sized 24” x 36” minimum to 42” x 42” maximum.
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 or to complete with the required documentation. This form will automatically save every 10 seconds.
- A committee will be established to conduct an initial review to ensure accuracy and appropriateness.
- EIGHT infographics will be chosen as finalists. Notification will be received by March, 2024.
- Note that all Infographic authors who are chosen as finalists must be CNS members.
If your infographic has been selected as a finalist, you will be asked to follow these instructions:
- Finalists are required to register to attend the full conference, in-person, in Edmonton, Alberta (May 2-4, 2024)
- Physical printing requirements will be: full colour, sized 24” x 36” minimum to 42” x 42” maximum
- You will be assigned a designated time where you will have the opportunity to provide a 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 CNS Annual Conference.
- November 1, 2023 - Nutrigraphic Competition will be launched and the Infographic Management Tool will be live.
- January 31, 2024 - 11:59PM ET - Infographic Submission deadline.
- March 12, 2024 (approx) - Notification to infographic authors of review results (infographic is chosen as a finalist or not)
- March 25, 2024 - Presenting authors of finalist infographics must RSVP to CNS indicating their acceptance to participate (those who do not respond will be removed from the program)
- March 25, 2024 - Early-bird registration deadline for all conference attendees. Infographic finalists are required to register to attend the full conference, in-person, in Edmonton AB.
- April 15, 2024 - Deadline for all infographic finalists to register to attend the CNS Annual Conference (those who do not register by this date will be removed from the program).
- May 2, 2024 - Infographic set up at the Edmonton Convention Centre. Physical printing requirements will be: full colour, sized 24” x 36” minimum to 42” x 42” maximum.
- May 2-4, 2024 - CNS Annual Conference in Edmonton
- 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 of achievement and monetary prize.
Submissions are due January 31, 2024.
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 2024 Infographic Competition.” The CNS logo must also be included on the infographic.
Citing CNS infographics in research
CNS Infographics may be cited in your research providing that you include the following information:
- Infographic title
- Infographic publisher (e.g. Canadian Nutrition Society)
- Date retrieved
- 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. Infographic Publisher. Retrieved (date of retrieval), from URL.
Hutchinson A and Panahi S. 2020. Covid-19 and Nutrition: stay strong by eating healthy. Canadian Nutrition Society. Retrieved May 2020, from https://cns-scn.ca/sites/default/uploads/files/CNS_2020_COVID-19_and_Nutrition_English.pdf.
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