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RESULTS IN! Research Image Competition 2022

The Research Image Competition showcases the richness and variety of PhD research undertaken at Sussex.  It's a great way to build on our interdisciplinary research community and to discover more about the huge range of postgraduate research projects being carried out across campus. 

We're excited that this year, as well as an online gallery of shortlisted entries, we will be holding an in-person exhibition as part of the Festival of Doctoral Research on Thursday 9th June in the Student Centre.

The competition will be judged by a panel drawn from the University’s research community, with the People's Choice voted for online or at the exhibition. Winners will be announced following the 3MT final on Thursday 9th.


First place: Alice Torjussen (Engineering & Informatics)

Second place: Eleni Christoforidou (Life Sciences)

People's Choice: Jorge Ortiz Moreno (Institute of Development Studies)


Research Image Competition 2022 Entries



  If you are unable to view the entries above, you can also view them using this pdf file.


 First prize: £200 towards your research 

 Second prize: £100 towards your research

 People’s choice: £100 towards your research 

Competition guidance

Competition entrants should note the following:

  • Images must be generated as a result of research carried out during your doctoral studies.
  • Each doctoral researcher can submit only one image.
  • Submitted images must be accompanied by a title and caption (max 150 words) that explains what your image shows and how it relates to your research. The abstract must be accessible to a non-specialist academic audience.
  • Images must be submitted as a JPEG or PNG file.
  • The image resolution needs to be 300dpi. At A4 size that means that your photos will need to be about 2500 x 3500 pixels.
  • Your image must not have been submitted to a previous Festival of Doctoral Research competition.


The University of Sussex retains the right to use all submitted images – including those not chosen to win prizes – in promotional materials and on the Doctoral School website, online galleries and Twitter account without further permission from, or compensation to, the photographer. Credit will be given to the photographer if reproduced. The photographer will retain copyright.

Identifiable persons in photographs

It is the responsibility of the photographer to secure permission from any identifiable persons in their photograph. We've uploaded an example of a consent form you might use.

The University of Sussex shall not be liable in any way for a submission.

Judging criteria

Judges will assess the images according to the following criteria:


  • Is the image eye-catching and engaging?
  • Does the image effectively communicate the nature of the research?
  • Is the image of sufficient technical quality?

Title and caption

  • Is the title engaging?
  • Is the caption written in a style that is accessible to a non-specialist audience?
  • Do the image, title, and caption work together to form a coherent and clear narrative?
Key competition dates 
Deadline for submitting your entry Monday 23rd May
Entries reviewed by judging panel Monday 23rd May - Wednesday 1st June
Shortlisted images announced Wednesday 1st June
Shortlist displayed in Festival online exhibition Monday 6th - Friday 10th June

Voting for People's Choice award - online

Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th June (noon)

Image exhibition in Student Centre, and in-person voting for People's Choice award

Thursday 9th June
Winners announced at Festival prize-giving ceremony

Thursday 9th June

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