Annual Meeting Image Competition


Submit a case-based image for peer-review and display at ACR Convergence, the ACR's annual meeting. If accepted, your image will be digitally displayed at the meeting and added to the ACR Rheumatology Image Library collection. One image will be selected as the winner of the Image Competition and published in the Arthritis & Rheumatology journal. The winner will receive complimentary registration to ACR Convergence 2023.


If your image is accepted, it will be displayed during ACR Convergence and added to the Rheumatology Image Library.

In addition, prizes for the following categories will be awarded.

Best Overall Image

  • $1,500 cash prize
  • Published in an issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology
  • Complimentary registration to ACR Convergence 2023
  • Highlighted during the ACR Convergence 2023 - Plenary I

Regional Winners Circle
One contributor from each region* listed below will be added to the Regional Winners Circle. The Regional Winners Circle will be highlighted during the ACR Convergence 2023 – Plenary I, receive complimentary registration to ACR Convergence 2023, be eligible to win the 2023 People's Choice Award, plus the opportunity to be featured as the Image of Month in The Rheumatologist.

  • North America
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • Europe & Central Asia
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • East Asia & Pacific
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

*These regions are defined by the World Bank.

The People's Choice Award will showcase the regional winners, representing the global rheumatology community. The People's Choice Award winner will be selected during ACR Convergence 2023 and receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Image Competition News

Image Competition submission is closed. The submission deadline was June 8. Submitters were notified of acceptance in late August.


Winning images will be displayed during ACR Convergence 2023. All accepted images will be added to the Rheumatology Image Library.

Image Submission Eligibility

Who is eligible to submit an image
ACR and ARP members and non-members are eligible to submit an image.

Images that are eligible for submission
The ACR seeks images representing a diverse range of patients that show either educational or remarkable manifestations of the rheumatic disease in the following categories:

  • Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (IIMs)
  • IIM Mimics

Images that are not eligible for submission

  • Images that have been published before the Image Competition submission deadline
  • Images that are copyrighted
  • Images that have been previously submitted to the Image Competition

Image Submission Guidelines

See the Image Competition Guidelines

Image Permissions

See information about the use of Rheumatology Image Library images, including the annual meeting embargo policy.

Rheumatology Image Library Policies
Patient Authorization and Release Form

Image Competition Winner

Congratulations to the winner for their outstanding submission to the Image Competition!

2022 Image Competition Winner

Grand Prize
Lauren Harper, MD
Columbus, OH

A 12-year-old female with a diagnosis of Moebius syndrome presented for evaluation of progressive tongue hemi-atrophy for one year, resulting in feeding and speech difficulties. Brain MRI demonstrated tongue hemi-atrophy without the involvement of the hypoglossal nerve. Tongue biopsy showed atrophy of skeletal muscle, variably sized nerves, stromal calcification, mild hyperplasia of overlying mucosa, parakeratosis, and mild subepithelial inflammation. She had forehead and post-auricular skin discoloration. She was diagnosed with Parry Romberg syndrome and en coup de sabre scleroderma. This rare complication of scleroderma can result in cosmetic disfigurement and functional impairments with speech and eating if the diagnosis is delayed.

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