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Images of Research Competition

Winners 2020

Congratulations to all those who entered this years Images of Research competition, the quality we received this year was very high and the judging was very close. We are pleased to announce that the winner are:

1st place- Sophia Edlund- Interspecies vocal attraction

Joint 2nd place    - Diana Valencia Duarte- ‘Food Sovereignty Learning Environment’

- Lydia Fisher- Visualising Faith in Medieval Stained Glass

You can view all the entries to Images of Research 2020 here. 

We hope you enjoyed this years entries and we look forward to seeing you in 2021. 


For the first time we have decided to open our Images of Research competition to Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) as well as Early Career Researchers (ECRs). 

‘Images of Research’ is an innovative way to highlight the wide range of research that is taking place at the University of Exeter and an opportunity to look at research in a new and exciting way.

There are two main aims of the event:

  • to engage the public in academic research, particularly the breadth of research taking place at the University of Exeter;
  • to provide an opportunity for researchers to communicate often complex research tonon-specialists.

All by using an image, this image can be a photograph, a drawing or a diagram. The only thing we require is that it is not a moving image such as a GIF or video. Why not have a look at previous entries which can be found in the booklets on the ride hand side or in the drop down menus below.

Winning entries will be displayed online from the 11th May 2020

Deadline to apply: Friday 1 May 2020.

Application Guidance

Please note that this year's competition has now completed please look out for further details in January 2021 for our next competition. 

To apply to the Images of Research competition please complete our Online Form as well as email in your image to: If your image is too large to send via email, we recommend using the websit WeTransfer instead. It is important to complete both the online form and send us your image, failure to do so may result in a non-entry to the competition.

Please make sure you read in detail the application guidance below, failure to do so may result in a no entry to the competition. 

Entries open: Monday 24 February 2020

Entries close: Friday 1 May 2020

Abstract Guidance: 

Each submission must include a short abstract describing what can be seen on the picture and the benefits of your collaboration to you, your research, your collaborators, your discipline or the public/society in general. As the abstract will be read by members of the general public and other non-specialists in your research area you must ensure that the abstract uses plain English and is jargon-free. Maximum abstract length: strictly 150 words.

Image File Size: 

1. High resolution, approximately 300 dpi circa 7-8 megabytes.
2. Either jpg or tif format (tif format preferred - no gif files will be accepted).
3. Full colour or black & white.

Winning images and abstracts will be printed on A2 paper (at no cost to you). Images can be submitted in portrait or landscape orientation. The overall presentation of your submission may vary depending on which orientation you choose.

*Please note that entries that do not conform to the specifications for the image file or abstract will be rejected.* 

Subject Limitations:

No nudes or portrayals of illegal activities. Submissions that, in the sole discretion of the judges, are considered inappropriate or unsuitable for publication will be deemed ineligible and removed from the competition.


The University of Exeter retains the right to use all submitted photographs — including those not chosen to win prizes — in promotional materials without further permission from, or compensation to, the photographer. Credit will be given to the photographer if reproduced. Photographer will retain copyright.


By entering this contest, if your entry is deemed eligible, you consent to the use of your name, biographical information, winning entry and any statements attributed to you, or photographs of you taken subsequently, being used for promotional purposes without additional compensation to you. As such, you hereby grant to the University of Exeter a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce works based on your submission without any obligation to compensate you.

The University of Exeter shall not be liable in any way for a submission. It is the responsibility of the photographer to secure permission from identifiable persons in their photographs by ensuring that they have written permission to use the image. 

You represent and warrant to the University that (i) you are the sole and exclusive owner of your submission, or that you have all right and authority to grant the rights in the submission to the University described herein; (ii) you have obtained any and all releases necessary from all persons (or their legal guardians) depicted in the submissions

Judging Criteria

Judges are asked to look for the following things:

  • Overall impact of the Image
  • Relevance of the image to the description
  • How does the image and its description engage you with the research
  • Is it easy for a non-specialist to understand?


- Professor Andrew McRae (Dean of the Doctoral College)

- Dr Chris Wood (Head of Researcher Development and Research Culture)

- Caroline Gale (Library Support)

- Esmee Barker (Researcher Development GBP)

The winning entries for the 2019 competition were as follows:

Theme Winner
Collaboration Kelly Thornber- Collaboration for sustainable aquaculture
Society and Culture (overall winner) Paul Rose- Listening to the Zoo
Sustainable Futures Anna Losiak- Impact!
Technology Anurag Roy- Bioinspired Self-Cleaning Coating for Solar Cells

Other entries that the judges considered to be ‘highly commended’ were:

Adam Porter – Fishing for Change

Harriet Hunt – PaReNt project team meeting 041218

Images of Research Booklet 2019

The images were on display in the Forum during the opening days on Friday 31st May 2019 and Saturday 1st of June 2019, where it was estimated that c. 12,000 people visited, each day.

The winning entries for the 2018 competition were as follows:

Theme Winner
Collaboration  Noreen Orr- My nature- I'm glad I came outside
Society and Culture Rebecca Abbott- Meet Synthia
Sustainable Future (overall winner)  Ines Lange- Survivor
Technology Laura Kelley- In the eye of the beholder

Images of Research Booklet 2018


The winning entries for the 2017 competition were as follows:

Theme Winner
Collaboration Charlie Jeyes- High Resolution Image of a Brain Capillary
Society and Culture Tanimola Martins- Ethnic Inequality in Diagnosis of Symptomatic Prostate Cancer
Sustainable Futures (Overall Winner) Matthias Becher- Tell Us Where You Are Going
Technologies Jayden van Horik– Robo-bird
Highly Commended  
Natalie Ohana- Legal Alienation
Richard Tennant- A Blast from the Past

A gallery of all 2017 entries can be viewed here

Images of Research 2017 judging panel 

Many thanks to our esteemed judging panel, that consisted of:

Images of Research Booklet 2017

The winning entries were displayed to the public during 'universities week' on the Streatham Campus between 2-7th June 2016 and on the Penryn Campus between 13-17th June 2016.



Kate Boddy- Public Participation

Society and Culture Anastasia Sommerville-Wong- Tea Cermony
Sustainable Futures Andrew Watts- Face2Face with Plastic
Technologies Richard Tennant- A Millisecond of Analysis

Gallery of all 2016 entries

The winning entries were displayed to the public during 'universities week' on the Streatham Campus between 5-10th June 2015 and Penryn Campus between 15-19th June 2015. 

Theme Winner
Collaboration Leigh Shelford- Crystalline
Society and Culture Sulayman Mourabit- Fish Selfie
Sustainable Futures Andrew Watts- Plastic Waste
Technology Jolyon Troscianko- Fiery-necked Nightjar Hiding in Leaf-littler

Gallery of all 2015 entries

The winning entries were dislayed to the public during 'universities week' on the Streatham Campus between 9-13th June 2014 and the Penryn Campus between the 16-20th June 2014.

Theme Winner
Collaboration Rhys Goodhead- Fairy Light
Society and Culture Bernard Allaire- Archival Wreck
Sustainable Futures Matt Amesbury- Unlocking the secrets of Antaratic moss banks
Technology Natalie Garrette- Bright Bettle

Gallery of all 2014 entries