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


  • 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


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

Public voting opens soon

Stay tuned for more details.

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.


The Research in Focus judging panel includes:

2020 finalists and winners

Proudly supported by

QUT Research Infrastructure

Centre for Materials Science

Finalist galleries

Browse previous years' galleries of the best entries.


Decorate your devices and online meetings with amazing science visuals.

Digital wallpapers

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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.