Anis Sahoo, 2022 Winner Best photographic image: Postgraduate Research Student category

Anis Sahoo, 2022 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 2023. 
The aim is to capture the true essence of their research through a powerful image, which will then be exhibited online, showcasing the quality and wide-ranging research taking place at the University of Plymouth.
Prizes 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 20 – 23 November 2023.

Vote here:

Online voting will be available here between 20 - 23 November 2023.

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 and other University communications.

How to enter

 If you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements, then please email your submissions to
  • 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 10 October 2023 to be included in the competition and exhibition.
For further information please contact the Research Skills team in the Doctoral College.

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.

Postgraduate research students listening to a talk