Images of Research

Entries for Images of Research 2016 are now open


Could you capture your entire research project in a single image? That is the challenge that the University Graduate School sets our postgraduate researchers at the annual Images of Research exhibition.

Images of Research is an annual event where our postgraduate researchers are encouraged to explain their work using just a single image and a short description. This is a great opportunity for our researchers to show the wide range of exciting research activity that is taking place at the University of Birmingham.

Why should I enter?

The entries for Images of Research will be on display on campus as part of the University's Arts and Science Festival. This is a unique opportunity to raise your research profile and engage a public audience.

Entries to the Images of Research exhibition can be in any number of different forms - it might be a depiction of data taken directly from your work, it might be a photograph that is representative of your project, or it might be artwork of your own creation. At the bottom of this page you will find links to the previous Images of Research competition entries that may give you some inspiration.

As well as being exhibited on campus, the images then tour locations around the city in digital and physical forms. In previous years they have gone on to be exhibited in Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, the Library of Birmingham, our own Main Library, the University Graduate School Awards event and in Think Corner - the University's pop-up research shop. Some have also occasionally gone on to be published in magazines including National Geographic and Slovenian Bird Life.

How to apply

To apply, you must be a postgraduate researcher currently registered at the University of Birmingham. 

You must be the sole and exclusive owner of your submitted image, and you must have written permission from any identifiable persons (or their legal guardians) contained within the image.

 Technical specifications

In order to ensure that our images are all of a comparable technical standards please note the following requirements:

  • Image files should be between 1MB and 10MB. Please note that files under 1MB may be of insufficient quality to produce as an A2 image.
  • As the images will be diplayed on A2 (420mm by 594mm) boards, submitted images should be approximately in the ASO paper size ratio.
  • Images can be submitted in the following file formats:  JPEG (JPG, JPEG, JPE), Camera Raw (TIF, CRW, NEF, RAF, ORF), TIFF (TIF, TIFF), Photoshop (PSD, PDD), BMP (BMP, RLE, DIB), CompuServe GIF (GIF), Photo Project Format (PSE), Photoshop EPS (EPS), EPS TIFF preview (EPS), Filmstrip (FLM), Generic EPS (AI3, AI4, AI6, AI6, AI7, AI8), PCX (PCX), Photoshop PDF (PDF, PDP), Photoshop Raw (RAW), PICT (PICT, PCT), PNG (PNG), Pixar (PXR), Scitex CT (SCT), Targa (TGA, VDA, ICB, VST), Wireless Bitmap (WBM, WMBP)

The University Graduate School may reject entries that do not meet these specification.

You must complete and submit the following application form with your image:

Images should be submitted along with a completed application form to by no later than the 25 February 2016.


There are two categories for which prizes will be awarded:

  • One overall winner, as decided by the judging panel. This decision will be based on creativity of the image, ability of the image to communicate the research and quality of the abstract. The prize is a £100 Amazon voucher. In order to be eligible for the overall winner prize you must be able to attend the Images of Research event at the Westmere PGR Hub on 23 March, 2016 at 17:30.
  • One people's choice award, as voted for by audience viewing the exhibition over the course of the Arts & Science Festival week. The prize is a £75 Amazon voucher.
Votes will be collected and the winners announced at the Images of Research event on the 23 March, 2016 at 17:30. Certificates will be awarded as part of the University Graduate School Awards on 24 June, 2016. 


Images that are accepted into the exhibition are printed on A2 Foamex boards and are exhibited at the University of Birmingham during the Arts and Science Festival (14-20 March, 2016). They are also used for other public engagement displays in which the University Graduate School is involved.

Previous exhibitions

Entries to previous the Images of Research in previous years can be found on the University Graduate School Flickr account:

Giovanni Occhiali's image from the 2013 Images of Research Exhibition Images of Research 2013 - Grace GarnerFran Handrick's image from the 2013 Images of ResearchKiseong Jeong's image form the 2013 Images of research

Emma Login's image from the 2012 Images of Research

Camile Duval's entry in the 2013 Images of Research

Naomi Green's image for the 2013 Images of Research

Portrait of The Female Art Teacher A Digital Sampler (2014) by Hannah Hames

Landscapes of Death by Deyala Altarawneh

Death and Distress by Elaine Williams

Observing 'til dawn by Maggie Lieu

The Anatomy of a Scientific Gossip by Antonio Lima

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