Sussex Researcher School

Research Image Competition 2024

Giving a glimpse into the world of brilliant, diverse postgraduate research across Sussex

This year's competition is now closed. You can view the shortlisted images which were on display at SussexDocFest in the Student Centre on Thursday 6 June in the online gallery below.

This year's prizes were judged by Susanna Broom, Head of the Sussex Researcher School, and University photographer Stuart Robinson. Winners - including People's Choice - were announced at the prize-giving ceremony on Thursday 6 June.


  • First place: Elizabeth Cross (Brighton & Sussex Medical School)
  • Second place: Shaadil Shah Mandarry (Mathematical and Physical Sciences)
  • People's Choice: Katie Allan (Life Sciences)

Research Image Shortlist

For the best viewing experience, open the Sway in full screen. The accessibility view provides a high-contrast design and screen reader access.
View entries in pdf: PGR Research Image Competition Entries 2024 [PDF 5.71MB]


First Place: £200 towards your research 

Second Place: £100 towards your research

People’s Choice: £100 towards your research

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 
Applications open Monday 22 April
Deadline for submitting your entry Monday 20 May, 12 noon
Entries reviewed by judging panel Monday 20 May - Friday 24 May
Shortlisted images announced, and online gallery launched w/c Monday 27 May

Voting for People's Choice award - online

Monday 3 June - Thursday 6 June, 4.25pm

Exhibition at SussexDocFest, and in-person voting for People's Choice 

Thursday 6 June, 10.30am-5.00pm
Winners announced at SussexDocFest prize-giving ceremony

Thursday 6 June, 4.35pm

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