Images of Research 2021

Sally Rangecroft, 2020 winner Best photographic image: Research Staff

Can you capture the essence of research in an eye-catching photographic image?

The University’s Doctoral College invites postgraduate research students and research staff to submit an eye-catching photographic image and interpretation for the Images of Research competition, as part of the Research Festival 2021. 

The aim is to capture the true essence of their research through a powerful image, which will then be exhibited to the public for the duration of the University’s Research Festival 28 June –2 July 2021, showcasing the quality and wide-ranging research taking place at the University of Plymouth.

Prizes of research travel or training funding will be awarded for:

  • Best photographic image – Research Staff category and Postgraduate Research category 

    First place for each of the two categories will be awarded £150
    Second place for each of the two categories will be awarded £100

  • Best description of image – all images

    First place will be awarded £100 
    Second place will be awarded £50

The Images of Research competition voting will take place online and be open 28 - 30 June. The exhibition will remain on display throughout the Research Festival.

Eligibility requirements

  • All University of Plymouth current postgraduate research students including: ResM/MPhil/PhD/Professional Doctorates are eligible to enter.
  • All University of Plymouth Research Staff are eligible to enter.

Entry details

  • You can enter as an individual or group.
  • Each entry includes a photographic image and 150-word description, which will be printed and displayed together on poster boards. Descriptions will explain your image to a public audience.
  • An entry can include a single image or a collage of images. 
  • Up to 3 entries can be submitted from each individual or group.
  • Photographic images must be your own original work and not previously published.
  • Your photographic images will show, represent or convey the essence of your research. 
  • Your photographic images and description of images will be reviewed by the Doctoral College to confirm suitability and entry into the competition. 
  • Photographic images and descriptions will be selected to appear on the University of Plymouth web pages.

How to enter

If you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements, then please email your submissions to with:

  • Your photographic image
  • 150 words description
  • Your name, and your School/Department
  • Confirmation of whether you're submitting for the postgraduate student category or research staff category
  • Confirmation of whether you're submitting as an individual or a group

Entries must be received by 14 May 2021 to be included in the competition and exhibition.