Science in Focus

About Science in Focus

Hosted by QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, Science in Focus is an annual competition that has been uncovering the most surprising, beautiful and technically innovative visuals of important QUT research since 2014.

Entries offer insight into the unique research processes and objects used by QUT researchers in their pursuit of new knowledge and are judged on visual impact, creativity, originality, technical proficiency and the significance of the research.

Entry now open

Entry for QUT's 2020 Science in Focus competition will run from 10 August until 18 September.

What types of images or videos will I be able to enter?

QUT staff and students are invited to enter original, visually striking images that tell a story about QUT scientific research. The types of images that may be entered include (but are not limited to):

  • Light or electron microscopy images
  • Photographs
  • Hand-drawn or digital illustrations
  • Diagrams, infographics, graphs or table-of-contents images
  • 3D images
  • X-ray patterns or structures
  • Thermal images
  • Machine outputs and scans
  • Video or motion graphics (one minute maximum)
  • Virtual or augmented reality

Not sure if your entry is eligible? Contact us.

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Who can enter?

The competition is open to current QUT staff and students.

What are the prizes?

  • First prize: $1000
  • Second prize: $500
  • Highly commended award: $250
  • QUT Centre for Materials Science prize: $750
  • People’s choice award: $250

Entry hints and tips

Make your entry stand out from the crowd with these handy hints and tips from past judges.

Terms and conditions

View our 2020 Science in Focus competition terms and conditions.

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Finalist galleries

Browse previous years' galleries of the best entries.


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Science in Focus digital Zoom backgrounds

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Contact us

Institute for Future Environments

Level 6, P Block
Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

Postal address

Institute for Future Environments
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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