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Get involved in the Images of Research 2023 competition

What you need to do get involved and submit an entry to the Images of Research 2023 competition.

Images of Research 2023 is a competition and exhibition for University of Bath staff to use visual imagery and a simple short description to tell people about their research and its benefits to society. The image submitted can take any form, it could be a photograph, a drawing, a digital creation or an image from research directly, however, the image should highlight why research happening at the University matters - the difference University research is making to society.

Competition categories

The Images of Research 2023 competition invites applicants to submit an image into one of five categories reflecting the University’s strategic themes and priorities:

  • Digital – research that is creating positive digital futures

  • Health and Wellbeing – research that is addressing pressing health and wellbeing issues people are facing

  • Local – research that is working with people from Bath and North East Somerset and creating positive outcomes for them and their communities

  • Partnerships - research that is working in collaboration with people outside academia including industry, policymakers and civil society and community-based organisations

  • Sustainability – research that is finding sustainable solutions to issues facing the planet and people

Who can apply

Images of Research 2023 is open to all staff from the Education and Research (including doctoral students) and Technical and Experimental job families, we also welcome submissions from staff in the Management Specialist and Administration job family who support and input into research.

Entry conditions

The following are the conditions for submitting an entry to Images of Research 2023.

  • Only one entry per person

  • You can name other colleagues and collaborators on your submission but the person submitting will be deemed the lead applicant

  • The lead applicant must be a University of Bath staff member

  • Submissions must include the following:

    • Image - can take any form, a photograph, a drawing, a digital creation or an image from research directly
    • Alternative (Alt) Text - additional information added to an image that describes what the image looks like. It will be read by assistive technologies like screen readers
    • Title – a short snappy title of no more than six words to capture people’s attention
    • Description – using ‘plain English’ and avoiding jargon and acronyms a description should be a maximum length of 150 words
  • Each image can only be submitted once, into only one category of the competition

  • Image must be taken or created by yourself or if not, used with explicit permission from the person who took or created it; you cannot submit images downloaded from the internet

  • Completed entries must be received by 5pm, Thursday 13 April 2023.

For inspiration, take a look at the winning entries from Images of Research 2022.

Juding and assessment

Submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of judges made up colleagues from across the University and external partner(s). There will be a winning and a highly commended submission in each category and an Images of Research 2023 overall winner.

Judging criteria

The story behind each image and the reasons for its creation are as important as the image itself. Submissions to the five categories will be judged against four criteria:

  • How well they fit within the themes of the category submitted to (as described above)

  • Clearly demonstrates the difference that University of Bath research is making to society

  • Creativity – images having a strong visual impact

  • Storytelling – a compelling narrative behind the image and/or the research

Judging process

  • Moderation – submissions will be moderated initially against how well they fit within the theme due to the limited exhibition space available. Those not being progressed will be informed at this stage.

  • Review – submissions will be reviewed by the judges to put forward for exhibition.

  • Judging – the images chosen for exhibition will be reviewed by the judges and winning entries will be announced during the Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards on Wednesday 28 June 2023. Please note, attendance at this event is not essential for winning the competition.

Submitting entries

  • Submission is in two stages:

  • A completed Submission Form and an image must be received by 5pm, Thursday 13 April 2023.

  • Each image can only be submitted once, into one category of the competition.

  • All images must be submitted as high-resolution files (300ppi) suitable for printing as winning images will be reproduced including in print format. TIFF or high-resolution JPG formats are preferred but vector format (.ai, .eps or .pdf) will also be accepted. Images can be full colour or black & white.

  • An eligible submission must include an image, alt-text, title and description.


Completed submission must be received by 5pm, Thursday 13 April 2023.

Key dates

  • Competition opens – Monday 27 February 2023

  • Competition closes – 5pm, Thursday 13 April 2023

  • Images of Research 2023 on-campus exhibition launch – w/b Monday 26 June 2023

  • Images of Research 2023 winners announced during the Vice-Chancellor's Engage Awards - Wednesday 28 June 2023

  • Images of Research 2023 on-campus exhibition closes – Friday 30 June 2023

  • Images of Research 2023 city centre exhibition – Wednesday 27 September to Wednesday 18 October 2023

Images of Research 2023 exhibition

Images of Research exhibition 2018

Submission to the Images of Research 2023 competition will form the basis of an exhibition on campus in The Edge that will take place during the University’s Research Culture Week (w/b Monday 26 June 2023) . The exhibition will then move to outside Bath Spa railway station for two weeks from Wedensday 27 September to Wednesday 18 October 2023.

Image considerations

Subject limitations

No nudes or portrayals of illegal activities will be accepted. In the sole discretion of the judges, submissions that are considered inappropriate or unsuitable for publication will be deemed ineligible and removed from the competition.

The University of Bath retains the right to use all submitted images — including those not chosen to win prizes — in promotional materials without further permission from, or compensation to, the entrant. Credit will be given to the entrant if reproduced. The entrant will retain copyright. We expect the images to be original and produced by you or by someone else who has given permission for their use and who has been credited. Downloaded files from the internet do not qualify. The image source must be stated in the entry form.


By entering this competition, if your entry is deemed eligible, you consent to the use of your name, biographical information, winning entry and any statements attributed to you, or photographs of you taken subsequently, being used for promotional purposes without additional compensation to you. As such, you hereby grant to the University of Bath a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to reproduce works based on your submission without any obligation to compensate you. The University of Bath shall not be liable in any way for a submission. It is the responsibility of the photographer to secure permission from identifiable persons in their photographs by ensuring that they have written permission to use the image. You represent and warrant to the University that: (i) you are the sole and exclusive owner of your submission, or that you have all right and authority to grant the rights in the submission to the University described herein; (ii) you have obtained any and all releases necessary from all persons (or their legal guardians) depicted in the submissions.

Images of Research 2023 competition submission form

Submit your entry to the Images of Research 2023 competition


If you are interested in finding out more about the Images of Research competition, drop us a line.

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