The fields of research covered by the EIPBN and MNE conferences have been at the forefront of the drive to develop technology to make smaller and smaller structures. We have ventured into size regimes where we are often dependent on microscopes and the skill of microscopists to see the results of our work (and often what went wrong). To highlight the importance of micrographs to the field, the conferences have each held micrograph contests, which are sponsored and hosted by Zyvex Labs.

The entries are judged both from the technological and artistic standpoint. The entries are displayed during the conference, and the winning entries from previous years may be found below.