Images of Research 2019

2018 winner Helen Bowstead - Disposable bodies. 

Can you capture the essence of research in an eye-catching photographic image?


The University’s Doctoral College invited postgraduate research students and research staff to submit an eye-catching photographic image and interpretation for the second Images of Research competition, as part of the Research Festival 2019. 

The aim was to capture the true essence of their research through a powerful image, which will then be exhibited to the public for the duration of the University’s Research Festival 21–25 January 2019, showcasing the quality and wide-ranging research taking place at the University of Plymouth.

Cast your vote for your favourite on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 January between 09:00 & 16:00 in Portland Square Building, Atrium C. 

The winners will be announced on 22 January 2019 between 16:30 & 17:30. Everyone is welcome.


Prizes will be awarded for:
  • Postgraduate Research Student category: Best photographic image - £150 research travel funding
  • Research Staff category: Best photographic image - £150 research travel funding
  • Both categories: Best description of image - £100 research travel funding.

The Images of Research exhibition will remain on display throughout the Research Festival (21–25 January 2019)  

Images of Research Competition 2018 Highlights

The Winners of the Images of Research Competition 2018

The first Images of Research competition in 2018 crowned Helen Bowstead 'Best description of image' and Frazer Underwood with the 'Best image'.

Here they are after the announcement with Sarah Kearns, Professor Roberta Mock from The Doctoral College and Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and Enterprise.


Helen Bowstead - 'Disposable bodies'

The winner of the 'Best description of image'

Athens is a city where rubbish collects on corners. Black bags, split open by feral cat claws spew forth their contents. 

The filthy streets are punctuated by human 'nests'. Sometimes occupied. Often not. I only photography the empty ones. Enough has been taken already. 

Helen Bowstead: Images of Research Competition 2018

Frazer Underwood - 'Fear' 

The winner of the 'Best image'

Fear: a phenomenological theme of confidence, experienced by older people living with frailty. In this exploration of the lived experience of confidence, fear emerges from this hard to reach phenomenological life-world of humanity. Fear is as complex a phenomenon as confidence eludes to be. This research now hopes to expose this hidden life-world, and give hope…

Frazer Underwood: Images of Research Competition 2018

Research Festival 2019: 21–25 January 2019

Celebrating the very best of Plymouth's rich and varied research, creating an impact - from local to global.

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