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BCA News: Winter 2020

Member Update


We have planned a truly dynamic mixture of presentations and workshops this year to expand your educational horizons. Take a look at the BIOCOMM 2020 Program and Register today.

Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma © Marie Jones, BSc., FIMI, PgCHE, FHEA, ACMI

BioImages, open for entries
February 1 – February 29, 2020

BioImages started a month early this year and closes on February 29, so you still have time to get your entries in, but not a lot of time to waste!

Entries are judged on the following criteria:

  • Intent: Purpose of the image/illustration/motion media. How well does the image/illustration/motion media communicate the intended purpose to the intended audience?
  • Execution: Accuracy, technical difficulty, quality, originality, manner and level of execution
  • Design: Aesthetics, layout, and composition
  • Impact: Makes a strong impression and is an outstanding interpretation of the subject


Our elections are coming up and we encourage you to participate. The BCA can only thrive with member participation. We need to maintain the flow of new ideas and technology. This happens via our leadership and today's new member could be the leader of tomorrow. So step up, participate and be involved in engineering the BCA of tomorrow. It is also a truly wonderfully rewarding personal experience and opportunity.

Member Profiles

Take time to read our two member profiles on Connie Johansen, FBCA (our own Director of Conferences) and BCA fellow Hoosain Ebrahim, FBCA. They are both presenting at BIOCOMM 2020 on two very distinct topics Biofluorescence and Photographic Truth. These two members highlight just how diverse the BCA membership is. What a wonderful knowledge resource we have to tap into in this rich and vibrant professional organization.

Welcome new BCA Members!

We are pleased to welcome these new members to the association. With them comes a knowledge bank of technical and education resources of great value to all visual communicators.

  • Melissa Cormier, Program Specialist, Research Graphics, UMBC, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Emma Hitt Nichols, Founder, Medical Writing/Communications, Nascent Medical/SciMedly, LLC, Alpharetta, GA, USA
  • Kathy McFall, Head of Service, Medical Illustration Services, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Steve Murray, Edicator, Author, Illustrator, Piscean Publishing P/L, Cronulla, NSW, Australia
  • Thomas Boggan, Photographer, Media Support Services, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Benjamin Hanson, Medical Photographer, Photography Department, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
  • Julia Montague, Research Assistant, Imaging Shared Resource, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Suchat Pederson, Photographer/Videographer, Medical Photography Department, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE, USA

Member Opportunities

Members get a discounted rate on BioImages submissions. Publish your award winning entries via a showcase. The opportunity exists to get your own image showcase published in JBC our peer-reviewed journal. Find out how in the JBC Showcase article by Bob Turner, FBPA.

Membership in BCA gives you access to valuable networking and personal growth opportunities, additional financial benefits include discounts for BIOCOMM meeting registration fees and BioImages.

Don't wait for the next meeting to meet up with colleagues, log in to the member portal and see who is in your area and arrange a get together. Networking is one of the great advantages of being a BCA member. Read about two of our Chapter members Elliot Goldstein and James Hayden, FBCA, that met up throughout the year. Tom Hurtgen, FBPA gives a personal perspective on Lou Gibson, FBPA a pioneer of BPA demonstrating the life long value that arises from being a member of our professional association BCA.

Read about the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), Science Photographer of the Year, our own Norm Barker, FBCA was fortunate to have three images shortlisted and exhibited.

For members interested in a career in forensics, check out theĀ Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department Forensic Imaging Preceptorship Program. A great opportunity worth investigating.

BCA Newsletter

Nothing is too big or to small to share with other members. Have you received any awards or recognition, do you have a story to share? Have you been on any photographic assignments, photographic adventures or had an exhibition? Do you have 'go to' web sites that others may be interested in? Don't keep all the good stuff to yourself. Let others know so we can all grow our knowledge and expertise. After all, that's why we are members of BCA.

If you have anything you wish to contribute to BCA news, please get in touch with the Director of Communications

BCA is a proud sponsor of Images from Science 3

Take the opportunity to see the travelling exhibition at Johns Hopkins school of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland until March 20 this year.

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