Putting research in the frame

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As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

But can an image help tell the story of tens of thousands of words, plus months, if not years of work in laboratories, workshops and libraries?

That’s the challenge UniSA researchers have been set in the inaugural Images of Research Photography Competition. UniSA staff and students have been invited to submit arresting photographs that tell a story about the research taking place at UniSA and the people who are making it happen.

UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Tanya Monro says the competition will help demystify research, which can be technical in nature, by engaging us instead in a captivating visual journey.

“This is an opportunity for staff and students to showcase compelling images created during their research,” she says.

“We are hoping to discover images that cause people to stop, pause and asks questions. The image doesn’t need to explain the research being conducted but instead it should grab people’s attention and raise awareness and intrigue.

“Through photography we can open up the world of research to the wider community. At the same time, the competition has given our researchers a chance to look at their work in a completely different way.

“Researchers have written tens of thousands of words for theses, journal articles and grant applications but now we have challenged them to look at their research in a new light and think about how it can be communicated in a visual way.”

The Images of Research Photography Competition closed on June 16. The images will be judged by a panel including both UniSA staff and external representatives and the winning image will be announced at the Images of Research Awards Ceremony on June 29.

The photographer behind the winning image will receive $5,000 towards professional development and there are two additional $2,000 prizes for runner-up and People’s Choice respectively.

The People’s Choice winner will be determined at this year’s UniSA Open Day, where the entries will form a striking photography exhibition.

Staff, students and visitors will be able to cast their vote to help decide who takes home the People’s Choice crown.

For more information, go to unisa.edu.au/research/photocomp/ .