Does your study/research produce images that have aesthetic and artistic appeal?

Do you fancy being an exhibited artist for 2 weeks?

If so, why not enter our competition and win a prize?

Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research

 Cross-Disciplinary Competition / Exhibition 2017/2018

'Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research'

Cross-Disciplinary Competition / Exhibition 2017/2018

The Doctoral School 'Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research' Competition / Exhibition is open to all current*) UCL graduate students and academic staff, either science or arts based. Entrants are invited to submit images associated with their research which have aesthetic appeal.

A panel of judges reviews all entries and select the best 100 for the exhibition. The winning images are announced at the prize-giving reception which this year will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018.


The ‘Best 100’ images will be displayed in the South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower St from Monday 23 April 2018. The Doctoral School invites you to come and see a wonderful variety of images from graduate students and staff showcasing some of the fascinating, important and visually arresting research taking place across UCL. We hope you will find time to visit the exhibition. Visitors will be able to vote for the “People's Choice Prize”.

All entries will feature in the online gallery on the Doctoral School website.
View winners of last year's competition and a gallery of all entries →


First Prize – £400
Six Runners-up Prizes – £200 each
The People's Choice Prize – £100 Waterstone's Token

The PRIZE-GIVING RECEPTION will take place on:
Thursday 3 May 2018
at 16.00 – 18.00
in the Main Quad Pavilion (Map & details)

*) Please note that only currently enrolled students are eligible to enter the competition.


The winning images are selected by the panel on the basis of their aesthetic appeal, the nature of their subject matter and technical quality. The panel is particularly interested in images that affect a transformation in the eye of the viewer in translating or communicating the subject that they portray, which have the potential to alter the way that we view the world.

The following rules apply:

  • pictures must be generated as a result of research work carried out at UCL
  • pictures need not be new, but should not be older than one year
  • submissions can be in the form of digital images, high-quality prints, original artwork or slides
  • digital images must be submitted in one of the following formats: JPEG, TIFF, PNG or GIF.
  • we cannot accept hard copy entries larger than A1
  • we cannot accept sculptures / objects or pictures behind glass / perspex
  • we cannot accept video clips or animations that require a video projector or tv screen
  • all entries must be accompanied by an entry form (see details below)
  • up to 3 entries per person may be submitted (each with a separate entry form).
  • images have to be sent/delivered to us no later than two days after submitting your entry form/s and before the deadline of Sunday 4 March 2018.

Queries – please contact

[ Slideshow images: Mr Felipe Lanuza, Bartlett School of Architecture; Mr Yunchao Tang, Bartlett School of Architecture; Mr Gang Mao, Bartlett School of Architecture; Mr Punit Fatania, Earth Sciences; Ms Panagiota Adilenidou, Bartlett School of Architecture ]

Deadline for entries: Sunday 4 March 2018