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29 July 2019

It’s time to get ready for the 2019 Science in Focus Competition, celebrating the most surprising, beautiful and technically innovative images and video of QUT research that is impacting our world. Winners will share in a prize pool of more than $2000.

Entries open 19 August and close on 27 September.

In addition to images and video, this year QUT students and staff are invited to enter virtual reality and augmented reality displays.

Science in Focus prize pool

  • First prize: $1200
  • Second prize: $500
  • Third prize: $250
  • People’s choice award: $250

Entering is easy

  1. Capture high-quality, visually striking images, video, virtual or augmented reality displays
  2. Submit up to three entries online (opening 19 August) details required include: title, a brief description of the importance and/or impact
  3. Finalists will be notified via email in October

Tips for entering

  • Ensure entries are as high-resolution as possible – keep in mind that finalist images are projected on The Cube
  • Colour images stand out more than black and white entries (particularly for microscopy images)
  • The image descriptions matter! Contact the IFE communications team if you would like assistance with the written component of your entry: ife.comms@qut.edu.au

Need some inspiration?

So what makes a great entry?

This is what some of the previous Science in Focus judges had to say:

Jared Donovan, Senior Lecturer Interaction Design, QUT Creative Industries

“Seek out images that tell a story about your science and provide the viewer with a new perspective or insight. Make use of the elements of composition and design – employing line, shape, colour, texture, form, contrast and space to tell your story with a clarity of purpose and economy of means.”

Kate Haggman, Communication Manager, QUT Science and Engineering Faculty 

“The images I find most striking are those that show me a piece of our world from a new perspective – images like last year's microscopic dental tape and rat bone entries. If you're going to submit microscopic images, make sure to use your time and skill to colour them well. As a science communicator, I'm looking for quality, polished works that have an interesting research backstory worthy of profiling in QUT publications.”

Dr Jamie Riches, Senior Research Officer (Electron Microscopy)

“In my view, a successful entry is one that is aesthetically beautiful and also tells a tale of the importance and impact of the research. The description of the work is very important in putting the work in context and explaining to the audience (and the judges!) why they should care about the entry. Is it that the underlying research is addressing important problems that are relevant to them, or is it rather that capturing the image has required significant technical challenges to be overcome? This is an area where some entries have fallen short in the past, and I would encourage entrants to submit an interesting and informative description that does justice to their image, and explains the value and wonder of their science to the viewer.”

Man Cheung, Artist

“Submit an entry that satisfies your creative or artistic truth. A sure thing for self-disappointment is submitting an image or video only because you think the judges ‘might’ like it.

Read the guidelines thoroughly and ensure your entry fulfils all criteria. This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many entrants don’t do this! Make sure your entry is high quality; is it high resolution enough? Are the images sharp, are they legible and do they have clarity?

Creativity is so subjective, but if you submit something that you are truly proud of and loved creating, win or lose you know you have done the best you can.”

Important dates

  • 19 August: entries open
  • 20 September: entries close
  • October: finalists notified via email
  • 18 October: finalist exhibition and award ceremony

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, technical proficiency, visual impact and informational content. Judges are particularly interested in seeing images, video and virtual/augmented reality displays that demonstrate or depict the impact of QUT research.

What can be entered?

  • Photography
  • Lighta and electron microscopy
  • Motion graphics
  • Video
  • Digital or hand-drawn illustrations
  • 3D renders
  • X-rays
  • Machine outputs and scans
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality displays

2019 competition terms and conditions – coming soon

Organisation
QUT Institute for Future Environments
Info
Jamie Riches
Phone
07 3138 5286
Email
jamie.riches@qut.edu.au
URL
QUT Institute for Future Environments

2019 Science in Focus Competition

Contacts

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