Research Images 

Summing up complex research in a simple and succinct way can be a tricky task. An image can enable the powerful messages of the research conducted here at Stirling to be told in an innovative, forward-thinking way.

Our inaugural Research Images competition, centering  around the University's major research themes, brings research conducted at Stirling to an audience of colleagues, students, relevant stakeholders and the public. 

Capture the essence of your research and the imagination of your audience.

The Competition

Open to our research community from postgraduate research students to Professors, our Research Images competition is a chance for researchers to promote their work to the public in an innovative, visual way. For some, this will be a valuable first step in public engagement and, for others, it presents an opportunity to try a more engaging and effective way of demonstrating their research than through words. By taking part, researchers have the chance to highlight, through a single image, how their research is having impact on contemporary, global society.

Entrants are asked to submit an image to one of three categories:

  • Living Well
  • Cultures, Communities and Society
  • Global Security and Resilience

Entrants also have the chance to win a cash prize that can be used to further their research (see details on Prizes below). 

The competition will conclude with an Awards Ceremony on 4th May during Research Week 2018, at which the three winners will be announced and presented with their prize. 

Many thanks to The Stirling Fund for their sponsorship of the inaugural Research Images competition.

Submission of Entries

Please submit your entry using the submission form to by 29th January 2018. Once we have your entry, we will invite you to upload your image to a dedicated Box folder by 28th February 2018.

Submission Form

Photo Consent Forms

Under 18s consent

Standard Consent


Our judging panel will shortlist a small number of entrants, who will then be entered into a social media campaign #StirResearchImages in which the public and the University community will be invited to vote for the competition winner. The social media campaign to pick the three winners will take place between 4th-25th April 2018.  The three images with the 'most likes' from the social media campaign will receive a framed copy of their image and a cash prize to use to further their research. 


   1st Prize £250         2nd Prize £150        3rd Prize £100

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