Can you capture the essence of your research through a single image?

NTU is pleased to launch the Images of Research 2019 competition. Hosted by Researcher Development, this inaugural competition offers NTU researchers the chance to illustrate or represent their research using a single image (photograph, digital image or piece of artwork) along with an engaging short description.

The competition is designed to showcase the amazing research at NTU, illustrating research diversity in both applicants (PhD students, early career researchers, established academics, etc.) and in research projects. It's the perfect medium for engaging non-specialists and captures the essence of complex research projects in an accessible way.

We are looking for images that really draw us in and entice us to want to know more about the research. This 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 and event spaces across NTU campuses.

Take a look at current entries so far:

Current Entries


The competition opens on Friday 31 May 2019 and closes on Friday 27 September 2019. The winners will be announced on Thursday 31 October 2019 following the selection by a panel of judges including Nigel Wright - Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Charles Fox – Senior Lecture Photography, School of Art and Design and Penny Eccles - Director of Marketing and Communications.


1st prize is £150 Amazon vouchers with two 2 runner up prizes of £50 of Amazon vouchers.

Please complete the entry form and email this along with your image to Closing date for entries is Friday 27 September 2019. Please see terms and conditions below for further details.


  • Who can enter? The competition is open to NTU researchers and postgraduate research students.
  • What image can I submit? The photo you take or image you draw/paint must connect, comment on or represent your research. It must be original and your 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.
  • 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. Large files can be sent using the NTUZendTo service, sent to Please note that entries that 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. This can be sent in the internal post or delivered to Simone Apel, Researcher Development, Dryden Centre, City Campus.
  • What else to provide? Along with your image please write a title and a concise summary (up to a maximum of 150 words) of how your image relates to your research. The summary and title should be in plain English – not using 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 to ensure your research is accessible to all.
  • Copyright. 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/ drawing/ painting/ text summary) for this competition, exhibitions and future NTU research marketing. Credit will be given to the photographer/researcher if reproduced.

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