Images of Research 2020: Flair, Ambition and Enthusiasm

The second Manchester Metropolitan Images of Research Photography competition

The Challenge

You are invited to submit a photograph and accompanying abstract that communicate with flair, ambition and enthusiasm, the impact of your research to a non-specialist audience.

Who Can Enter?

Please submit an entry if you are one of the following:

*An early career researcher (ECR) is defined for the purpose of this exhibition as a member of research staff, or teaching and research staff, who are within eight years of receiving their doctoral award. For example, Lecturer, Research Assistant, Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Please get in touch to discuss your eligibility if you are unsure.

What Do I Need to Submit?

To enter, please submit your photograph and completed application form including a short title for your entry (maximum 10 words) and an abstract (maximum 150 words). Please see the Entry Guidance section below.

How Do I Enter?

To enter, send the following to

The deadline for entries is now 12:00pm on Friday 7 Febrary 2020.

Please read the Entry Guidance (below) and Images of Research 2020 Ts and Cs before entering.

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What Prizes are Available?

Shortlisted entries will be printed and displayed on the ground floor of the Benzie Building from Monday 2 March to Friday 20 March 2020.

There will be three prizes available:

How Will Entries be Assessed?

Judges' Choice

The organisers of the competition will select the best images for a shortlist. An expert panel will judge the shortlist for the Judges' Choice awards. Both the Judges' Choice and shortlisting are assessed against the following criteria:

The judging panel members are:

People's Choice

Visitors to the exhibition and online gallery can vote for their favourite entry. The entry with the most votes will be awarded the People's Choice prize.

Entry Guidance


Title and Abstract

Terms and Conditions

By submitting your image and signed application form, you agree to grant Manchester Met a non-exclusive, worldwide irrevocable licence to reuse and/or reproduce works based on your submission.

View the full Images of Research 2020 Ts and Cs.


Writing the Abstract

As mentioned in the 'How Will Entries be Assessed?' section, your entry, which comprises your photograph and abstract, will be judged according to specific criteria.

To help show what a successful abstract looks like, we have included last year's shortlisted entries for you to read. Whilst all abstracts were highly individual, took a different approach, and covered a variety of topics, they each succeeded in demonstrating the following key characteristics:

Taking the Photo

Here are some links with guidance on how to create compelling images:


The following links provide tips on how you can communicate your research through images:

Images of Research 2019 Celebratory Brochure

This celebratory e-brochure contains all the entries submitted into the 2019 Images of Research competition.

Please take a look to find out more about the exciting work being completed by our early career and postgraduate researchers. The collection clearly reflects the diversity and quality of the research taking place at Manchester Met. 

Download the RKE-Images-of-Research-E-brochure-2019