Research Photography Competition 2017

Following on from the success of the previous two years, we’re delighted to announce that the Research Photography Competition will be returning for its third year. The competition is part of our activities to engage BU students with research.

Can you convey the impact of your research through an image?

Over the past two years we’ve set BU academics the challenge of telling the story of their research, through a single image. This year we want to focus on the impact that your research can have or will have in or outside of academia. Not only this, we want both our staff and student researchers getting involved, from across the university. Whether you’re at the early stages of your research or it has come to the end, we want you to get involved and showcase the impact your research has had or will have through a single image.

Taking part is a great way to showcase your research and grow your academic profile both in and outside the university. As well as raising awareness of your research, you’ll be in for the chance of winning some Amazon vouchers!

Want to take part?

It’s easy! We want both our staff and student researchers taking part! So simply pick up a camera and capture an image or use one you already have. You can be as creative as you like with your images and capture any area of your research, in relation to its impact.

Once you have, all you have to do is submit it to us via email ( by Friday 27 January 2017 at 5pm, along with a 100 – 200 word description of your research behind the image.

Voting will then go live in February. Staff, students and the general public will be able to vote for their favourite image. The competition winners will then be presented with a small prize by Professor John Fletcher in the Atrium Art Gallery, in March 2017. You’ll get a chance to view all the competition entries in the Atrium Art Gallery and online after the event too!

Each image will need to be:

  • 300ppi (pixels per inch)
  • with physical dimensions equivalent to an A3 size piece of paper
Millimetres Inches
Portrait (width x height) 297 x 420 mm 11.7 x 16.5 in
Landscape (width x height) 420 x 297 mm 16.5 x 11.7 in

Need Inspiration?

Then take a look at our Photo of the Week, where you can read about the research behind the images or take a look below.

Last Year’s Winning Photo and Runner Ups

Dr Michael O’Regan with Hitchhiking Culture

Michael O’Regan, Senior Lecturer In Events & Leisure Management, The Faculty of Management

Michael O’Regan,
The Faculty of Management

Runner up:
Yazan Abbas with Rock Climbing

Yazan Abbas, The Faculty of Management

Yazan Abbas,
The Faculty of Management

Runner up:
Sophie Griffiths with Blood Analysis

Sophie Griffiths, The Faculty of Science and Technology

Sophie Griffiths,
         The Faculty of Science and Technology

Why take part?

This is a excellent opportunity for both our staff and students. Not only will your image help to inspire the next generation of researchers, it will also highlight all the fantastic research taking place across the university.

Should you have any queries about the competition, then get in contact with Hannah Jones in the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office (R&KEO).

We look forward to receiving your entry!

Please take a look at the terms and conditions here.