The Eric Marson Slide Preparation Award

The Annual Exhibition of Microscopy will take place on Saturday, 15th October 2022 at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre, 363 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 3BP. The physical event will form part of a wider schedule of digital content.

Entry conditions for the Eric Marson Slide Preparation Award 2022


Awards of Merit will be given to slides of excellent quality at the Annual Exhibition of the Quekett Microscopical Club where they will be displayed for other members and guests to inspect, admire and discuss.  Photographs of the slides and their subjects will be taken in advance of judging, and by entering you agree that images may be shown at the online Quekex 2022 and on the Club website. They may also be reproduced for use at Club and outreach events.  Copyright remains with the author.

This award is a celebration of making microscope slides.  It is designed to provide the opportunity to share good ideas and to develop and encourage the making of slides, and to encourage and inspire others in the field of microscopy.

The Objectives

  • To recognise standards of excellence of Members in making permanent microscopical preparations.
  • To encourage Members to offer their best work for assessment and possible awards of a Certificate of Merit.

The Rules

Entry is open to all members of the Quekett Microscopical Club, the Postal Microscopical Society and Iceni who are not professional slides mounters.  Entry is also open to family members living in the same household as a Quekett Microscopical Club member.

Any form of mount or preparation will be eligible including ‘whole mounts’ of insects, botanical, geological and other subjects.  Innovation is encouraged, the only requirement being for a permanent mount to be viewed with a microscope.  Mounts can be specifically suited for viewing under low power stereo, medium or the highest magnification of the light microscope.  The standard of labelling and general presentation will be considered.

A maximum of three preparations per person is allowed.

How to enter


Microscope slide entries should be sent with the completed postal entry form  by post to Mr Graham Matthews, 101 Trafalgar Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2QL, UK.  (tel. +44 (0) 1403 256478) to arrive not later than Monday 19th September 2022.  Slides must be identifiable by maker.


Overseas members may submit entries as follows:

  • A physical whole mount microscope slide, as for UK members.  This is the preferred approach.


  • Digital images of the slide, where there are postal problems or excessive costs involved, using the form below.  Three images of each preparation are required:
    1.  The entire slide
    2.  The ringed portion of the slide
    3.  An image of the specimen as seen through the microscope


  • An entrant may submit both physical and digital entries of the same preparation, but it is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that details on one format match those on the other.

Images should be of high quality but should not exceed 20MB each, and must be submitted using the Contact Form below.

EACH ENTRY MUST be accompanied by:

  1. A title
  2. a note on the method of collection, where applicable
  3. a brief description of the technique used in preparation including the type of mountant
  4. where the preparation justifies examination with a particular magnification or a form of lighting (e.g. dark ground), this should be stated

For digital submissions, please include details about entries in the entry form text box, but note that each actual image file submitted must be sent as a separate attachment – NOT embedded in a Word or text document.

Each entry will be assessed prior to the exhibition by an independent judge whose decision is final.

The closing date for submissions to the Eric Marson Slide Preparation Awards is Monday, 19th September 2022


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    None of the Club, the Club’s officers including Mr Graham Matthews and any judge can accept responsibility for loss or damage to slides but, needless to say, the greatest possible care will be taken with all entries.

    The Exhibition Committee wishes to thank, in advance, those who continue to uphold one of the many traditions of our Club.