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Research Life In Pictures Competition

About the competition

The Graduate School Research Life in Pictures competition has been established to encapsulate the 'human side' of the doctoral journey. We are inviting current Reading doctoral researchers to submit a picture which offers an insight into the everyday life of a doctoral researcher. If your picture is shortlisted it will be displayed at the University of Reading Doctoral Research Conference on 20 June 2017. 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.


All current doctoral researchers, including those undertaking professional doctorates, who have not graduated before 1 June 2018.

Competition guidelines

  • Picture/s must be generated during your doctoral studies.
  • Each student can submit only one entry. This can be a single picture or a group of up to six smaller pictures which are submitted in a single composition.
  • Each student should submit a picture accompanied by an abstract (form provided below) that explains what your picture/s shows and how it / they relate to your life as a doctoral researcher.
  • Please send your picture as a single JPEG file or as a PDF.
  • As your work could be printed, we ask that the file size is larger than 1MB but smaller than 5MB. Any pictures 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 entry is selected then you should be able to attend the conference on 20 June 2018. Entrants will be informed if their picture has been selected by 4 May 2018.
  • 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 6 April 2018.

Form for entries


Research Life in Pictures Competition 2017


research life in pictures 2017 winner

2017 was the first year we had staged the Research Life in Pictures Competition and our winning entry was submitted by James Lloyd, a doctoral researcher in Classics. James's entry was entitled 'Steps and Mountains'. The image was accompanied by the following text:

In the foreground to this picture, steps lead up to St.Nikon's Basillica on the Spartan acropolis, while in the background the mighty Taygetus mountain range looms. Taken on a research trip to Sparta in February 2017, the image symbolizes the small goals and far away ambitions faced on my doctoral journey. For me, one of these steps was getting to Sparta and being given permission to study materials in the museum there, a step that gets me closer, slowly but surely, to the far-off mountain peak, even if sometimes it might seem obscured in a layer of cloud.







research life in pictures peoples choice winner 2017

The Research Life in Pictures People's Choice award, which is voted for by conference delegates, was won by Shamsa Mas'oud Nasser Al Sheibani, a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations. Shamsa's entry was entitled 'Hanging wonders of Reading'.











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