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Competition open!

This annual competition and subsequent year-long exhibition brings the research conducted at Strathclyde to an audience of thousands of people visiting art galleries, museums and public spaces.

This year’s competition, Adapting to advance, showcases how Strathclyde’s research community has risen to the challenges that face our planet. The pandemic has changed the world we live in, however innovative research is enabling us to adapt and advance in the face of adversity, accelerating the transition to a more agile way of working and living.

Inspired by the University’s strategic themes, this year’s categories reflect our key areas of focus:

  • Connected world
  • Green recovery
  • Health matters
  • Shared visions

How to take part:
Simply click on the “Take Part” link to get started. Be sure to make good use of the helpful guides to creating your image and take care to read the small print.

Deadline for entries:  midnight, Sunday 30th January

Drop-in sessions:

As we enter the last few weeks of the competition, we have added some further drop-in sessions throughout January to give you further opportunity to discuss your entry and ask the team any burning questions you may have:

Thursday 13th: 11am to 12.30pm
Monday 17th: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 19th: 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 25th: 11.30am to 1pm
Thursday 27th: 2.30pm to 4pm

Please book a slot by emailing  and we’ll send you a meeting invite.


There will be cash prizes for the overall winner and runner-up as voted for by the public. There will also be a prize for the entry which best demonstrates impact and relevance to the University’s strategic themes.

Eligible entries:
Please note that you must have the rights to use any image you submit for the competition so either you should have photographed or created the image yourself, or have the full permission of the author, if using a photograph someone else has taken. Images downloaded from the internet, without permission, are not allowed.

For any queries about the competition, please contact:

In the meantime, have a look at our entries from 2021 to gain some inspiration for your entry and join our social media platforms to be kept up-to-date with all the latest information about the competition and resulting exhibitions:

Facebook: Images of Research

Twitter: @StrathImages

Images of Research exhibition tour:

The Forging sustainable futures exhibition tour continues online and in selected venues. View the 2021 gallery or download the accompanying Images of Research 2021 brochure featuring all the images. 

Keep up-to-date with all the latest competition and exhibition news by following us on social media:

Facebook: Images of Research

Twitter: @StrathImages

Thank you to our competition sponsors, Jessops, who have provided some great prizes for our winners over the years.
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“It has been a real privilege to engage with this important body of work.   I’ve been taken aback at the rich variety of the projects and the ways in which they bring together the best in engineering, science and social policy to address the great challenges of our age.   Indeed, reading through them and looking at the powerful set of associated images with them has given me a renewed sense of confidence in our ability to meet those challenges in people-centred and impactful ways.”

Duncan Booker, COP26 Stakeholder Manager,
Glasgow City Council, Judging Panel, 2021


For any queries about the competition, or to discuss exhibition opportunities, please contact: