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“Fascinating, beautiful, inspiring”: Images of Research 2021 winners offer their thoughts on this flagship event

12 January 2022

By Terry Laverty-Seabrook, Doctoral Academy Community Development and Engagement Officer, quotes from 2021 winners

Telling the story of your research in a single image

Each year Images of Research presents us with striking, and often touching, representations of postgraduate research and the postgraduate researcher (PGR) experience.  This competition, a visual celebration of research at Cardiff University, is open to all PGRs. Qualifying entrants shared their research, networked with other researchers and engaged with sundry Twitterers to widen participation and broaden awareness of their work.

During the week of Monday 6 – Friday 10 December 2021, we exhibited qualifying images for the Images of Research celebration on our Twitter feed (@CardiffDA) using the hashtag #ImagesofResearch. At the end of the exhibition, we uploaded all displayed images to the Images of Research 2021 Facebook album for voting to take place for the People’s Choice award. The image that received the most reacts (‘likes’, ‘loves’, etc.) by midday on the final day of the celebration was declared the ‘People’s Choice’ and also awarded a prize.

This is the second year that we ran our competition online, but we hope to hold the event face-to-face this December. See below some quotes from the 2021 winners to show you why entering Images of Research 2022 is an unmissable opportunity:

Green thread weaving around birds drawn in colour and black and white.
Polarisation by Cerys Knighton, School of English, Communication and Philosophy

“It has been wonderful to be part of this year’s Images of Research Exhibition. It was a very welcome way to engage with research across many different disciplines, and it’s fantastic that the Doctoral Academy were able to host the exhibition virtually. There were so many fascinating images, and I am thrilled that my drawing was awarded first place. Creating visual work is a key part of my PhD project, which researches the history and representations of bipolar disorder, and it has been really rewarding to be able to show the work and receive feedback. Thank you very much to the judges and to everyone involved!”

– Cerys Knighton, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, First Prize Winner

Coffee cup reading 'You got this' atop a pile of books.
Light Reading by Rosie Moore, School of Social Sciences

“I am so glad to have entered Images of Research 2021 and would encourage anyone who is thinking about entering next year to go for it! Taking part definitely helped to widen my network as I received messages of support and congratulations from academics I otherwise never would have reached. I have also met new peers through the exhibition which is such a joy at this very isolating time.

It was an added privilege to be awarded second place in the competition! There were so many beautiful and inspiring photos on display that it was a real shock to even place! I am so grateful to the DTP for the platform to speak so candidly about the emotional labour involved in researching sensitive topics and the importance of looking after our wellbeing – particularly in these uncertain times!”

– Rosie Moore, School of Social Sciences, Second Prize Winner

Protein CD200 in the tubules of a human kidney
Test Tubules by Gemma Davies, School of Biosciences

“Having completed an undergraduate degree in anatomy, I have since been fascinated by the complex and often beautiful structures of the human body when seen under a microscope. Imaging and microscopy have formed a large part of my PhD project, so I was pleased to be able to share one of my favourite images as my entry for this year’s competition and was delighted to win third prize.

The Images of Research competition is a unique opportunity for researchers to share their work in a creative way with others across the university, who they may not have crossed paths with otherwise. I have really enjoyed seeing all of the other entries this year and gaining an insight into some of the incredibly varied and interesting work taking place within the PGR community.”

– Gemma Davies, School of Biosciences, Third Prize Winner

Mirror image of a lit hemisphere representing a 'crystal ball'.
The Seer by Shaikhah Almousa, School of Physics and Astronomy

“Images of Research has been an inspiring, educative opportunity to communicate through artistic visualisations of interesting research throughout the university. It’s introduced me to talented artists and photographers, particularly in science. If I had had time, I would have drawn something, yet I enjoyed creating this photo on my glass dining table. The left half of the photo is an utter reflection to represent molecular chirality while the photo as whole depicts a crystal ball as an optical sensor for detecting chiral molecules.

I was truly overwhelmed by the huge support for my entry from my family and friends in the East and West including my brother’s fans and his archery coach, reminding me of the power of images and information nowadays in promoting the beauty of science and research around the globe..”

– Shaikhah Almousa, School of Physics and Astronomy, People’s Choice Winner

 


For further information about Images of research, please visit our events page on the Doctoral Academy’s section of the Intranet, or have a look at the Images of Research entries from some of our previous years over at our Facebook page:

Images of Research 2020

Images of Research 2019

Images of Research 2018