Uncover beauty in discovery

QUT staff and students are invited to get ready for the 2022 Research in Focus competition. There are cash prizes for the most surprising, beautiful and technically innovative images, video and XR experiences inspired by QUT research. Entries should offer insight into the unique research methods, practices and findings of QUT research and are judged on visual impact, creativity, originality, technical proficiency and the significance of the research.

Read about the 2021 winners

See images from the 2021 finalist event

Winners' circle 2021 Research in Focus competition

2022 key dates

  • Entries open: Monday 4 August
  • Entries close: Friday 16 September
  • Finalist event and award ceremony in The Cube: Thursday 27 October

Prizes

Best in show
$1,000
People's choice award
$500
QUT Design Lab - Embodying Change Prize
$500
The ethos and mission of the QUT Design Lab is 'change by design' and this prize acknowledges change as a critical part of research. The winning entry will creatively design for and envision change, considering themes such as possible futures, inclusivity and participation.
QUT Digital Media Research Centre Prize for Best Media and Communication Visualisation
$500
The most innovative use of data visualisation and clear and engaging media and communication research.
QUT Centre for Materials Science Prize
$500
The best visualisation of quality materials science research.
QUT Centre for Robotics Prize
$500
The best depiction of innovation in robotics.

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

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.

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Researcher Choice Award

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

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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

Judges

The Research in Focus judging panel includes:

2020 finalists and winners

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.

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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.