The Challenge

Can you creatively communicate your research to the general public with just one photographic image, a snappy title and an accompanying short description? Can you capture their interest, raise their curiosity, or get them thinking about research in a different way?

We invite the research community at The University of Manchester to take part in the Images of Research Photography Competition 2013. Whether you work in the physical, medical, biological, social sciences, or the humanities we want you to share your work with the wider world.


We are seeking original photographs that encapsulate the theme ‘“The Big Picture”. We challenge you to pull back from the intimate and intricate details of your research and share the wonder, beauty and curiosity of what you do, why you do it, and how it matters to others. Can you show how your research impacts the wider world and how it makes a difference?


Public vote: £200 gift voucher
Judges votes: First prize: £150 gift voucher | Runners up: £100 gift vouchers | Highly commended: £50 gift voucher.


The photographic image can be anything that captures attention but must be related to your research.  Be creative and interpret the call broadly. What are the outputs of your research and where are its effects felt? Can your image feature an individual, situation or event, perhaps a gadget? Entries should aim to raise the general public’s curiosity about the research issue that you are illustrating.

In addition to the original photographic image, each submission must include an (i) interesting title and (ii) a 150-word abstract describing how and why your research matters to others.

Submissions close 23 September 2013, 12 noon (BST), so get snapping, we look forward to seeing the wonder of your research. Please visit the Rules, Terms & Conditions page for more information.