‘Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research’

Cross-Disciplinary Competition 2020

The Doctoral School would like to thank everyone for entering our competition.

This year we had 305 images entered. From this poll, the judges selected about 100 images and then, from this selection, the overall winners. As usual we had an extraordinary range of beautiful and interesting images.

Many congratulations to the winners!

Regrettably, we did not hold the research images exhibition in person in 2020. This decision was made owing to the coronavirus restrictions that are still in place. The top images of the competition are presented in an online gallery.

We plan to hold the next Research as Art competition in the new academic year either online or in person and we are looking forward to seeing more great images from our entrants.

This year has been unusual in many ways and having to hold the Research Images Competition online was no exception – it was just one of the many in-person events which sadly had to be cancelled this year. However, despite this, I believe we still managed to have as high a quality and diverse a result as ever, and seeing the collection of winners online now, I am very pleased with the vast range in both the style of art and the research areas captured. Along with the rest of the judging panel, I was asked to initially review the images alone – I ended up doing this on my sofa, under a blanket, glass of wine in hand, images projected from my widescreen TV – the ‘new normal’ for a Friday night. I think the fact that I had not seen much besides my own four walls for quite some time made seeing these extraordinary images from across the world even more inspiring than they would have been otherwise. It was such an honour to be given the opportunity by all the contestants to view these pieces of work and also to eventually be able to come together with the other judges (over Teams!) and discuss them. A big thank you to all who participated – you truly brightened my lockdown experience and I hope others continue to benefit now that the top 100 images are online!

— Elizabeth Halton, Doctoral School, member of the judging panel


First Prize (£400)

First Prize
Ms Malica Schmidt, Chemical Engineering
Sustainable Life Support

Runners-Up (£200 each)

Ms Anya Suppermpool, Cell and Developmental Biology
Synaptic Nightlife


Mr A K M Saleh Ahmed Anik, Bartlett School of Architecture
Fibrous city
Miss Karolina Kielb, Bartlett School of Architecture
Re(g)Rhône Glacier
Dr Laween Meran, Developmental Biology & Cancer (GOS Institute of Child Health)
Gut Reaction
Miss Dafni Gyftaki, Division of Medicine
Mr Gino Brignoli, Genetics, Evolution and Environment
The Beacon

Honourable Mention

Honourable Mention
Miss Tahmina Aktar, Institute of Neurology
A bouquet of hope for Charcot Marie Tooth Disease


Honourable Mention
Mr Nils Korte, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology
Vascular Tree


Honourable Mention
Miss Lucy Marshall, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Inflamed Muscle


Honourable Mention
Miss Aafreen Fathima Kizhakkeyveettil Abdul Rahiman, Bartlett School of Architecture
A Desert of Fragments


Honourable Mention
Mr Vasilios, Jamie Mavroudis, Hayes, Computer Science
Poisonous Blossom



Top images of the competitio


The Doctoral School would also like to thank the following for acting as judges for this year's competition:

  • Ms Elizabeth Halton, UCL Doctoral School
  • Miss Cassandra Hugill, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Mr Huw Jones, LTMS Digital Media
  • Mr Peter McLennan, The Bartlett School of Planning

Our competition pages contains details of the entrants. Should you wish your details to be removed, please contact docschoolweb@ucl.ac.uk.