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The Durham Research Methods Centre (DRMC) invites research staff and postgraduate (PGT and PGR) researchers to submit a pictorial representation of their research to the Picturing Research competition.

Picturing Research is a DRMC online competition showcasing research conducted by researchers at Durham University. It is an opportunity to extend the reach of research to wider publics and different means of communication.

The competition aims to highlight the contributions and impact of Durham researchers to society, locally and globally.

Inspired by the focus of the Durham Research Methods Centre (DRMC) on “designing novel methods to tackle complex, real-world challenges’, this year’s competition focuses on:

  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Innovative research
  • Engaging community

The idea is very straightforward: capture/represent your research in one image/photo with the support of a 150-word description.

Photos and description are submitted online via this link.

Award categories:

  • Panel vote: Research Staff category
  • Panel vote: Postgraduate category
  • Public vote: Research Staff category
  • Public vote: Postgraduate category

Award: £50 voucher per category

Panel voted submissions are judged on the following criteria:

  • Pictorial effect: the picture is striking, stands out and entices the viewer to want to know more about the message it aims to convey
  • Creativity: The research is represented in a unique and original way
  • Communication: the combination of the picture and caption conveys research ideas in an accessible way

Public Voted submissions are judged by the number of likes and comments.

Contributions meeting the criteria stipulated by the competition will be uploaded to the DRMC Instagram account for exhibition and voting purposes after the submission deadline (31st March 2023).

Voting will take place between 4th and 14th April, and the winners will be announced on April 24th.

By submitting a picture to the competition, participants agree for it to be displayed online and on the DRMC Instagram account for the purpose of the competition


Competition guidelines

  • The competition is open to researchers of all stages of career (including PGT and PGR researchers) working and studying at Durham University.
  • Only one submission per candidate will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be based on researchers’ current research.
  • Submissions are to be made via the online form created for the competition.
  • Descriptions should be written in plain English, targeted at a non-specialist audience.
  • Submissions are applicants’ own creations and/or have been granted explicit permission from the creator to be used in the competition. This should be stated when submitting your submission.
  • By submitting a picture to the competition, applicants agree for it to be displayed online and on the DRMC Instagram account for the purpose of the competition.
  • Submission after the deadline will not be considered.

Competition winners agree to write a more extensive piece about their research to be published in the DRMC blog.