Finding beauty in discovery

PhD student and coral researcher Brett Lewis from the Faculty of Science has taken out first place in the 2021 Research in Focus competition with "Collaborative Coral", a beautiful microscopic image of a coral polyp the size of a pinhead.

This year’s competition attracted more than 100 image and video entries from QUT researchers who captured intriguingly beautiful moments inspired by their work.

Read more about this year's winners

See images from the 2021 finalist event

Dates

Entries opened
Monday 23 August
Entries closed
Friday 1 October
Finalist exhibition and award ceremony
Thursday 4 November

Details

  • Open to current QUT staff and students
  • Entries must be original, visually striking images, video or digital media that tells a story about QUT research

Prizes

First prize
$1,000
Researcher Choice Award, sponsored by QUT Research Infrastructure
Chosen via online vote by QUT research staff
$750
Centre for Materials Science Award
For entries depicting materials science
$750
Second prize
$500
Third prize
$250
People's choice award
$250

Vote for the winners

Help decide the 2021 People’s Choice Award champion by voting for your favourite finalist.

Online voting closes Wednesday 3 November at 2pm.

The winners will be announced at the finalist event and award ceremony on Thursday 4 November.

People’s Choice Award

Open to anyone, only one vote per person will be recorded.

Vote now

Researcher Choice Award

Open to QUT researchers, only one vote per QUT researcher will be recorded.

Vote now

Finalist event and award ceremony

Join us to celebrate the most beautiful, surprising and technically innovative QUT research visuals of 2021.

Get tickets to the 2021 Research in Focus finalist event and award ceremony

Vote for the winner

Help decide the 2021 People’s Choice Award champion by voting for your favourite finalist.

Online voting closes Wednesday 3 November at 2pm.

The winners will be announced at the finalist event and award ceremony on Thursday 4 November.

People’s Choice Award

Open to anyone, only one vote per person will be recorded.

Vote now

Researcher Choice Award

Open to QUT researchers, only one vote per QUT researcher will be recorded.

Vote now

About the competition

Previously known as Science in Focus, the competition has been profiling QUT research and how it impacts our world since 2014. The name change to Research in Focus widens entry eligibility to all QUT research, not just science fields.

Entries offer insight into the unique research methods, practices and findings of our researchers in their pursuit of new knowledge, and are judged on visual impact, creativity, originality, technical proficiency and the significance of the research.

Judges

The Research in Focus judging panel includes:

2020 finalists and winners

Research in Focus is brought to you by

QUT Research Portfolio

QUT Research Infrastructure

Centre for Materials Science

Finalist galleries

Browse previous years' galleries of the best entries.

Downloads

Decorate your devices and online meetings with amazing science visuals.

Digital wallpapers

Enjoy these great science-based works of art for your desktop and mobile phone.

Find out more

Digital Zoom backgrounds

Add some scientific flair to your online Zoom meetings with these beautiful digital backgrounds.

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Contact us

Get in touch with us for more information on the Research in Focus competition.