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A picture is worth a thousand words and our Research Images competition is an innovative way to communicate our research, summing up complex research in a simple and succinct way. An annual competition open to all our research community, from postgraduates to professors, Research Images captures an insight into research at the University of Stirling.

The inaugural competition, kindly supported by The Stirling Fund, concluded at Research Week 2018 and saw the top three places being awarded to members of our postgraduate community.

Following the success of the 2018 competition we’re delighted to announce that Research and Innovation Services will be running the competition again in 2019.

Submissions are again invited under the University’s three key research images:

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

Competition timeline

The competition opens for submissions on 4 January 2019. Please complete the submission form and send to by 4 March 2019.


Our judging panel will shortlist entrants from our three research themes. The shortlisted entrants will be entered into an online vote in which the public and the University community will be invited to vote for their favourite. The top three images will receive a cash prize (1st: £250, 2nd: £150 and 3rd: £100) to further their research along with a framed copy of their submitted image.

Further information

  • Image copyright

    On entering the competition you confirm that the University of Stirling retains copyright for all photos/images submitted to the research images competition. Right to use extends to all publicity for the University which may include reproduction for printed publications, advertisements, exhibition boards, digital reproduction for use on the internet and other media as appropriate. The University may use your image without giving credit. Permission does not extend to the University selling such photos/images for financial gain. As owner of the image/photo you retain the rights to use the image for your own purposes but you hereby grant the University of Stirling a non-exclusive, royalty free licence in perpetuity to reproduce works based on your submission without any obligation to compensate you.

    As an entrant to the competition it is your responsibility to:

    • Secure permission from anyone in your photograph, obtaining written permission to use the image by completing the University’s photography consent form. This form should be uploaded during the submission process.
    • Ensure that there are no infringement of third party intellectual property rights. You must either wholly own the image, or obtain the written authority of contributors to both submit the image to this competition and to grant the University of Stirling copy right to reproduce the works based on your submission.
  • Image guidelines

    Images should be:

    • Photos, sketches or computer generated images
    • Full colour or black and white
    • Landscape or portrait
    • High resolution, the file should be a minimum of 300 dpi at A3 size
    • No text should be embedded on the image
    • Either .jpg or .tiff format. No other file format will be accepted
    • Please do not distort you image
    • While the image can include people and even the researcher themselves the image needs to tell the story of your research and should not simply be you conducting your research
    • Similarly we would advise against images solely of scientific equipment.


  • Terms and conditions

    Winners will receive a prize of £250, £150 or £100 to be used to further their research such as research travel, conference attendance, consumables, materials or equipment. Prize money cannot be used for salary, personal expenses or non-research activities. Payment will be made to reimburse research expenses on submission of a claim, supported by receipts, submitted to Research and Innovation Services by the requested deadline as noted on the award letter.

2018 entries

Looking for inspiration? Check out shortlisted photographs and winning entries from last year's Research Images competition. 

Research Images 2018

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