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Research Image Competition 2020 - RESULTS IN


The Doctoral Research Image Competition showcases the richness and variety of PhD research undertaken at Sussex. Competition entries should inform, engage, and intrigue a non-specialist academic audience and offer a visual perspective on current doctoral research. 

The Research Image Competition 2020 entries are in! The images are showcased below with their accompanying captions describing what they show and how they are related to the participants' doctoral research. Open the Sway presentation in full screen for the best viewing experience.

The shortlisted images will be exhibited here throughout the Festival of Doctoral Research (15th - 19th June 2020). The competition was judged by a panel drawn from the University’s research community, and the winners were announced at the Prizegiving ceremony on Wednesday 17th June along with the 3MT and Adam Weiler Impact Award.


Research Image Competition 2020 Results 

A massive congratulations to all the participants in this year's competition. As you can see below, the standard was really high this year, something also noted by the judges. The results are in and this year's winners are: 

  • Winner: Md Mahmudul Hoque - Can we keep our eyes closed? 
  • Second Place: Karen Boswall (CHASE scholar) - "Sing My Sister, Dance Mys Sister, Speak My Sister"- Local film production and reception in Mozambique 
  • People's Choice Award: Dina Zayed - Grounding Stone - Climate, Publics, and the Politics of Voice


Research Image Competition 2020 Entries




To see some of the inspiring images from previous years, check out the 2018 and 2019 shortlisted entries below. 



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 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 and Twitter account without further permission from, or compensation to, the photographer. The use of images may also extend to online galleries. 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?


Date                Monday 15th - Friday 19th June

Location          Online

Key competition dates 
Deadline for submitting your entry Friday 5th June
Entries reviewed by judging panel Monday 8th - Friday 11th June
Shortlisted images announced Monday 15th June
Shortlisted entries displayed at Festival of Doctoral Research exhibition Monday 15th - Friday 19th June

Voting for People's Choice award

Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th June
Winners and People's Choice announced at Festival prize-giving ceremony

Wednesday 17th June


Research Image Competition 2019 - Photos and Abstracts 



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