Images of Research Exhibition

Images of Research Exhibition

Can you capture your entire research project in a single image? The University Graduate School presents this challenge to our postgraduate researchers every year and the images we receive represent the exciting research projects our postgraduate researchers are working on at the University of Birmingham.

You can view Images of Research 2019 catalogue here.

Why should I enter?

The entries for the Images of Research are displayed on campus as part of the University's Arts and Science Festival as well as in other venues. 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

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

2. Entrants are limited to one submission.

3. Images should be of high quality (e.g. 300 dpi). Low quality images are unlikely to be shortlisted.

4. Images can be a photograph, collage, or a digital drawing created by the researcher.

5. Entrants must be the exclusive owners of the submitted image. Commissioned works such as professional photographs, photographs taken by someone other than the entrant(s) and images solely of another’s artwork are not permitted.

6. You must have written permission from any identifiable persons (or their legal guardians) contained within the image.

7. To apply please complete the online application form. In the application form you will be asked to provide a  brief abstract (maximum 110 words) to explain the image and how it links to your research. Your abstract must be accessible to non-experts.

 If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Eren Bilgen (

 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 A3 image.
  • 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 specifications.

Previous exhibitions

You can view the entries to previous Images of Research exhibitions here:




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