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Research Image Competition 2019

About the competition

The Graduate School Research Image Competition showcases the research undertaken by doctoral researchers at the University of Reading. The research image should inform, engage and intrigue a non-specialist academic audience and offer a visual perspective on current doctoral research. If your image is shortlisted it will be displayed at the University of Reading Doctoral Research Conference on 19 June 2019. The competition will be judged by a panel drawn from the University of Reading's research community. The winner chosen by the Judging Panel will receive an award of £100. The winner of the People's Choice Award voted for by conference delegates will receive £50.

Eligibility - who can apply?

All current doctoral researchers, including those undertaking professional doctorates, who have not graduated before 1 June 2019.

Competition guidelines

  • Images must be generated as a result of research carried out during your doctoral studies.
  • Each student can submit only one image.
  • Each student should submit a research image accompanied by a research abstract that explains what your image shows and how it relates to your research. The abstract must be accessible to a non-specialist academic audience.
  • Please send your image as a JPEG file.
  • As your work could be printed, we ask that the file size be larger than 1MB but smaller than 5MB. Any images outside these parameters may not be considered for the competition.
  • Please note that shortlisted entries will be enlarged to A3 size (the Graduate School will cover printing costs).
  • If your image is selected then you should be able to attend the conference on 19 June 2019. Entrants will be informed if their image has been selected by 3 May 2019.
  • Please note if shortlisted, students may be required to undertake Graduate School promotional activities e.g. video for Graduate School website, interview for Graduate School Bulletin, etc.

Deadline for competition entry:

Friday 5 April 2019.

Form for entries:


Research Image Competition 2018

Ines Serra from the Schools of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy and Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences won the 2018 Research Image Competition. Ines' image was entitled '24hr Surveillance' and showed two different cell types which are visible under a microscope within part of the brain, known as the cerebellum, which helps control motor coordination and fine movement. Ines' research looked at the part Purkinje nerve cells (red) and microglia (green) play in causing autism.

Research Image Competition_winner_2018



Research Image Competition 2017

Research Image 2017 winner creating networks

In 2017 eight entries were shortlisted for the Research Image Competition final display. First prize was awarded to Orla Fannon, a doctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences.

Orla's image was entitled 'Creating Networks in a Petri Dish' and shows a neuronal network forming between three 'embryoid bodies'.

Orla also received the Research Image Competition 'People's Choice award' which is voted for by conference delegates.


Research Image Competition 2016


research image winner 2016

The 2016 Research Image Competition was won by Anna Freeman, for her entry: 'Big world in a small water drop' (see right). Anna is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science.

Her winning image is of a tiny (smaller than tenth of a millimetre) and completely harmless animal - Keratella rotifer - from a sample of water taken from Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire. Rotifers play an important role in aquatic ecosystems.

The Research Image Competition People's Choice award went to research image peoples choice winner 2016Gagan Flora, a doctoral researcher in the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, School of Biological Sciences.

Gagan's image, entitled 'Platelets - Caught, Coloured, Canvassed!', shows the location of Retinoid X receptor (red) determined by confocal microscopy within human platelets (green).




Research Image Competition 2015

Research image winner 2015

The Research Image Competition 2015 was won by Shirley Keeton, a doctoral researcher from the School of Biological Sciences. Shirley's winning entry is entitled 'Nuclear activity in sub-cellular galaxies' (see right) and shows a group of six breast cancer cells which have spread out and are actively dividing.




The Research Image People's Choice award was jointly won this year by Katie Barfoot, School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, for 'A brain full of blueberries' (seeResearch Image 2015 People's choice winnerResearch Image 2015 joint winner right) and Will Maslanka, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, for 'Up, up, and away!' (see far right).







Research Image Competition 2014

Winning research image 2014

Both First Prize and the People's Choice Award went to Tom Webb, a third year PhD researcher from the Department of Meteorology for his entry 'There's something in the air' (see right).








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