Research Visions: A photography competition for Staff and Postgraduate Researchers

Bangor University and Bangor University’s Doctoral School are pleased to announce the first annual research image competition for staff and postgraduate researchers. You are invited to submit images that inform, engage and intrigue a non-specialist audience and offer a visual perspective on research at Bangor.

For staff entrants – we will be looking for those images that best capture research that is happening at Bangor University and fit around the following themes:

  • Environment, Energy & Sustainability
  • Health, Wellbeing & Livelihoods
  • Language, Culture & Communication
  • Women in Science

For Doctoral School entrants – we will be looking for those images that communicate the entrant’s work – what is being/has been done and why it is important – in a single image. Your image should provide the audience with a visual interpretation of your research. Images will be judged on their quality, originality and visual impact. We will also be looking for a connection between the image and the accompanying description in their ability to communicate the nature of your research. Images may be a photograph or an image taken with telescopes, microscopes, and other imaging technology.

Photo image(s) and entry form(s) must be submitted by 1 February 2018.

Selected entries will be used to create an online exhibition, and entrants of the shortlisted and winning images will be given an award.

Terms and Conditions

All entrants agree to abide by the competition rules. The University reserves the right to disqualify any entrant found to have failed to abide by the competition rules.

For Doctoral School Entrants:

You must be registered on a research degree programme at Bangor University at the date of entry and expect to remain registered until at least June 2018.

For all entrants:

  • Photos/images must be the original work of the entrant.
  • Entrants must be the sole holder of the copyright for the photo/image.
  • Copyright for the photo/image will remain with the entrant.
  • By entering this competition entrants agree to their photo/image being displayed by the University and used at University events and in University promotional materials in this and subsequent years. All photos/images used will be fully attributed to the entrant.
  • If the photo/image features an identifiable individual – e.g., a member of staff or another student or a member of the public – entrants must obtain the consent of that individual to enter the photo/image for this competition.
  • If the photo/image features something which could constitute intellectual property – e.g., a research discovery with possible commercial value – entrants must obtain the consent of their supervisors and, if needed, their sponsors, to enter the photo/image for this competition.
  • Photos/images must be submitted as an .RGB, .JPG, or .TFF file.
  • Photos/images must have a resolution of at least 300dpi.
  • Photos/images must have a file size of between 500KB and 10MB. Smaller or large image files will not be accepted.
  • Digital manipulation of photos/images, must be restricted to cropping, and minor enhancement of contrast, brightness and colour saturation with the purpose of making the image more realistic. Adding and removing things from the photographs, or combining images, is not permitted.

Submission

Photos/images must be submitted using the competition entry form.

An accompanying text for the photo/image, which provides an interpretation of, or context to the image must be submitted in a maximum of 150 words using the entry form. It should be written so that it can be understood by someone with no background in the subject.

Photo/image and entry form must be submitted by 1 February 2018. Entries received after that time will not be accepted.

Submit an entry form for each image submitted.

Apologies, but we will be unable to acknowledge receipt of entries.

The competition will be judged by a panel that includes: Dean for Post-Graduate Research Studies, Doctoral School Manager, College Directors of Post Graduate Research Studies, School Post-Graduate Research Leads, PVC Research & Impact, ESRC IAA lead, student representation, and non-academic representatives, including an external non-academic judge (to be selected by the Chair).

The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

FAQs

Applicant Eligibility

Who can take part in the Research Visions Competition?

All staff

For the Doctoral School Competition:

You must be a current Bangor University research student to take part in the competition. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from taught Masters students.

I am coming to the end of my degree, can I take part?

To be eligible to take part you must, at the date of entry, be registered as a full-time, part-time, distance learning, or writing-up research student. You must also expect to remain registered as a full-time, part-time, distance learning, or writing-up research student until at least end of June 2018.

Are there any restrictions by subject-type or year of degree?

The competition is open to research students from all subject areas. You do not necessarily have to have research results/findings to illustrate, it would be sufficient to be able to demonstrate the relevance of your research topic in a visually engaging manner.

Can part-time and distance learning research students take part?

The competition is open to full-time, part-time, and distance learning research students.

Research themes

Does the image have to capture every element in the research themes

No, images can be relevant to part or all of each research theme.

Can I submit more than one image

Yes.

Image Format

Can I use a photograph that someone else has taken?

No – photographs must be the original work of the entrant.

Should photographs be in colour or can they be in black and white?

Photographs should normally be in colour, but they may be in black and white if that is the normal output of the imaging technology being used.

Can I make changes to my photograph using software such as Photoshop?

No. Digital manipulation of photographs, with the exception of cropping, and the basic “digital darkroom” techniques needed to achieve realistic colour balance and sharpness, is not permitted.

Are there any technical specifications that photographs must meet?

Photographs must have a resolution of at least 300dpi and the file size of the photograph must be between 500KB and 10MB.

Can the photograph include images that are under copyright – e.g., Ordnance Survey maps?

No – entrants must be the sole holder of the copyright for the photograph.

Do I have to appear in the photograph?

No. Your photograph should provide an illustration of your research and your findings – you do not need to appear in the photograph yourself.

Can the photograph include images of my laboratory/equipment/scientific results?

Yes – although the image would still need to be interesting to viewers. Additionally, if your photograph features an image which could constitute intellectual property – e.g., a research discovery with possible commercial value – you must obtain the approval of your supervisor(s) and, if needed, your sponsor to enter the photograph in this competition.

Can the photograph include images of other people?

Yes. However, if the photograph features the image of an identifiable individual, whether a member of staff, another student, or a member of the public, you must obtain their consent to enter the photograph in this competition.

Application Process

How are entries submitted?

Entries are submitted via the competition entry form

What is the deadline for entries?

Entries must be submitted by 1 February 2018.

Entries received after this time will not be considered.

How will entries be selected?

Images will be judged on their technical quality, originality and visual impact. Images may be quite abstract in form, but they must be relevant to your research or the research themes identified in the competition. The images should provide a striking visual interpretation of this to someone with no background in your subject.

A selection of the best entries received will be printed and displayed at public venues (e.g., Pontio) and in various parts of the University buildings. Selected entries will also be added to the Bangor University Doctoral School and Research and Impact websites as an online gallery.

When will I find out if my entry is selected?

We will notify entrants by 1 March 2018 whether their entry has been selected for display, and the overall winner will also be announced on the University’s website.

Will I get my photograph back?

We cannot return the electronic copy of your photograph so please make sure you have a copy before you submit it. Printed images remain the property of the University

Contact Us

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