Research Photo Competition 2022

earResearch Photo Competition 2022

Now closed for submissions!

View our online photo gallery and vote for your favourite! 

The Doctoral College’s annual Research Photo Competition asks entrants to capture an image that represents an aspect of their research.

Submissions for 2022 are now open! This year, the competition is online only to give more doctoral students the opportunity to enter.

Photos will be exhibited online for the first two weeks of June. Members of the university will be invited to vote for their favourite image. Winners will be announced at the Festival of Postgraduate Research, 16 June 2022. (Please see T&C below and note that entrants are not permitted to canvas for votes,)


People’s choice 1st prize: £150

People’s choice runner up: £100

Competition details

Submission requirements
Applicants are invited to submit a single photograph (no composite, multiple or collage images) which captures an aspect of their research. The photograph should be accompanied by a dynamic title and 150 word (max) description. Colour or black and white images are permitted.

Photographs are welcome from all doctoral students whose degree has not been or will not be conferred by 16 June 2022. (If in doubt, contact our Exams Officer, Ursula O’Toole.)

One entry per person.

How to enter the competition

Submission deadline Tuesday 31 May, 12pm

Please email with the subject line ‘research photo competition‘ and include the following two attachments:

  1. Your research photograph: a digital file (jpeg preferred) of your research photograph:
    • maximum file size 5MB (image will be compressed when displayed online)
    • image size at least 1200px on the longest edge
    • any width/height dimension is acceptable but please bear in mind that unusual shapes, eg long, panoramic-type shots may not display well in a thumbnail gallery
    • colour or black and white
  2. Accompanying text: a Word document containing:
    • the title of your photograph: this should be short and dynamic.
    • a short description (150 words maximum) of your photograph and the research it portrays. This should be written for non-subject specialists. This description will accompany the displayed photo and may be used for publicity purposes
    • your name
    • your school
    • your lead supervisor

Terms and conditions

  • Images must relate to research within or strongly associated with the University of Brighton.
  • All images submitted should be the work of the individual submitting them.
  • Each entrant is responsible for ensuring that the image they submit has been taken with permission of the subject and does not infringe the copyright of any 3rd party or any laws.
  • No nudes or portrayals of illegal activities. Submissions that, in the sole discretion of the organisers, are considered inappropriate or unsuitable for publication will be deemed ineligible and removed from the competition.
  • Entries that do not conform to the specifications will be rejected.
  • Entrants are not permitted to canvas for votes eg via ‘vote for me’ campaigns. Anyone found doing so will be removed from the competition.
  • By submitting a photograph to the competition the owner allows it to be used without charge in publicity associated with the University of Brighton eg to display within the university or feature in university publications, websites etc.
  • Submitted images should not have previously won another photographic competition.

We look forward to receiving your images. Good luck!

See also:

Photo submissions 2019 (Flickr gallery)
Photo submissions 2018 (Flickr gallery)
Photo submissions 2017 (Flickr gallery)