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Images of Research Competition 2022

Can you capture the essence of your research with a single image? The annual Images of Research Competition is now open for submissions.

Take part to help showcase the breadth and depth of research at NTU, and to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes.

The Researcher Development team are delighted to launch the Images of Research Competition for 2022!

The aim of the competition is to showcase the breadth and diversity of research at NTU, both within our community of postgraduate researchers, early career researchers and established researchers – and across our strategic research themes and Schools.

The competition is a great opportunity for you to share your research with a wide, varied audience. Imagery is an ideal medium for engaging non-specialist audiences in your research; enabling the essence of complex research projects to be captured and shared in an accessible way.

The overall winner will receive a £150 Amazon gift voucher and the two runners up will each receive a £50 Amazon gift voucher. The overall winner will also have their image featured in the April 2023 issue of LeftLion magazine.

We are looking for:

  1. An image that really draws us in and entices us to want to know more about your research.
  2. An accompanying text which is accessible, interesting, informative and explains what the image is and how it relates to your research.

This year, your submission should be aligned to at least one of NTU’s Strategic Research Themes. Details of these can be found below and online.

Strategic Research Themes

Global Heritage: Science, Management and Development

Global heritage is humanity’s cultural and natural legacy from the past and present - it's what we pass on to future generations. Global heritage research at NTU focuses on developing smart and sustainable management systems to preserve our cultural heritage. NTU's progressive research approaches prepare national and international heritage sites for future challenges through sustainable and evidence-based research innovation. Research under this theme explores historic fabric, structures, and communities, and uncovers new knowledge about global heritage.

Health and Wellbeing

The current challenges faced by local and global societies regarding health and wellbeing are multifaceted, and they are constantly changing and evolving. NTU  brings together experts from different disciplines to overcome these barriers and shape the future of healthcare for the better. This theme delves into the dynamic, and sometimes complicated, interaction between our mind and body. Covering topics ranging from stroke rehabilitation, aggressive cancers and home dialysis to strategies for reducing self-harm, the Health and Wellbeing theme at NTU focuses on bringing healthcare to the forefront of national and international policy, and on improving health and wellbeing for all.

Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials

The Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials theme seeks to identify and progress research into advanced functional materials leading to technical and device-specific breakthroughs. This includes inventing and testing the medical technologies and advanced materials of tomorrow, including smart textiles, medical devices and robotics. This theme encourages the exploration of complex topics and projects to understand diseases and illness prevention. Promoting health, addressing the social determinants of health, and developing successful interventions to address a range of pressing medical and health-related problems.

Safety and Security of Citizens and Society

Past approaches to improving the safety and security of citizens and society have become outdated due to social fragmentation and individualisation. The end result being the absence of connections and trust between individuals and society, and insufficient safe-keeping policies. NTU’s research theme of Safety and Security of Citizens and Society connects world-leading researchers in science and technology, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Past projects have looked at topics ranging from burglary security, harm prevention in prison environments, increasing awareness of the dangers of road flooding when driving, to tackling sexual abuse and victims’ rights in the criminal justice system.

Sustainable Futures

The resources on Earth are finite. With global population and levels of consumption constantly growing, we are facing unprecedented challenges as a species. To respond to these challenges, NTU researchers are reimagining how we farm and produce our food, how we manufacture fashion and recycle clothing, how to improve the quality of our water and the air we breathe, and how to conserve life on earth and below water. They are developing innovative ways to use resources more wisely, to mitigate climate change through low carbon strategies, to conserve biodiversity, and to create circular economy strategies that prevent waste and minimise pollution to build a more sustainable and promising future for generations to come.

The competition is a unique opportunity to raise your research profile and engage with a public audience. The entries will be promoted on the university website, social media channels and in exhibition spaces across NTU campuses. The winners and runners up will be announced and congratulated at the Strategic Research Themes Conference on 29 March 2023.

Submit your entry

The competition opens on Friday 14 October 2022 and closes on Friday 20 January 2023. Please note that entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

To enter the competition:

  1. Please read the frequently asked questions and terms and conditions below.
  2. Download and complete this entry form.
  3. Email the entry form, along with your image to

A winner and two runners up will be chosen by a panel of judges comprising of Academic and Professional Services staff from NTU. As in previous years, there will also be a second runner up which will be voted for by both NTU colleagues and the public. The winner and runners up will be announced at the Strategic Research Themes Conference on Wednesday 29 March 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter? The competition is open to all researchers at NTU - from PGRs, to Professors and Technical Staff.

What image can I submit? The photo you take or image you capture/draw/paint must connect, comment on or represent your research. It must be original and your own creation, not someone else’s work or taken from an image bank. Your image can be in full colour, sepia or black and white, landscape or portrait, 2D or 3D drawing or painting. You must have written permission from any identifiable persons (or their legal guardians) contained within the image. View the entries to the 2020 Images of Research Competition to see examples of acceptable entries.

What image size is best? The image needs to be 300 dpi, high-resolution (at least 2MB), provided as a JPEG or TIF format (not GIF) to ensure this prints clearly at A3 or larger. Large files can be sent to using the NTUZendTo platform. Please note that entries which do not conform to the specifications for the image file may be rejected. If you are submitting a drawing/painting, please provide the original which will be copied and returned. Please contact to arrange this.

What else do I need to provide? Along with your image, please provide a title and a concise summary (up to a maximum of 150 words) of what the image is and how it relates to your research. This information will be presented alongside your image. The summary and title should be in plain English – free from jargon, acronyms and academic article or thesis titles. The aim is to creatively engage all people with your research including non-experts and the general public, as well as academic colleagues, so please ensure the image and accompanying text is accessible to all.

Terms & Conditions

Entrants must be the exclusive owners of the submitted image/artwork. By entering the competition, you are giving NTU permission to use your entry (photo/ image/ drawing/ painting/ text summary) for a variety of means including to advertise this competition, in exhibitions and in future NTU research marketing materials, including on the NTU website and social media accounts. Credit will be given to the photographer/researcher where possible.

Please note that each entrant may only submit one image. Upon submission your entry will be reviewed by the Research and Strategic Partnerships Development Team to confirm suitability and entry into the competition.

Header image credit: Jessica Stanley