Images of Research 2022

Lolita Singh, 2021 winner Best photographic image: Postgraduate Research Student category

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 2022. 
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 24 June – 1 July 2022, 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 27 – 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 13 May 2022 to be included in the competition and exhibition.


Winners: Best PGR Photo – Lolita Singh, Best research staff photo – Madison Milne-Ives, Best description – Stephanie Hartgen-Walker

Download the brochure to view the entries from the 2021 competition


Winners: Best PGR photo – Charlie Cornforth, Best research staff photo – Sally Rangecroft, Best description – Christopher Thorpe


Winners: Best PGR photo - João Alhada Lourenço, Best research staff photo - Dr Rupert Jones, Best description - Jonathan Rhodes


Competition winners: Best image - Frazer Underwood. Best description of image - Helen Bowstead.

<p>Research Festival 2021 visual ID - web header</p>

Research Festival 2022

24 June – 1 July
The annual Research Festival returned to celebrate curiosity and collaboration, showcasing leading work across disciplines. The week invited fellow academics, industry, policymakers, students and the public to understand how we are responding to global challenges with a systems-thinking approach to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Evolving into an extended edition that now encompasses the popular Sustainable Earth conference, the Research Festival welcomed attendees to hear about cutting-edge research from leading experts and keynote speakers, learning how your research or business could achieve greater impact through co-creation and collaboration, locally and globally.
<p>Postgraduate research students listening to a talk</p>