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Research in Focus

Calling all shutterbugs! The University of Winnipeg Research Office is excited to launch its first research photography competition.

Research in Focus is open to all UWinnipeg students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni.

Research in Focus is a chance to take viewers into the field, inside the lab, or onto the stage to visualize what researchers have witnessed, discovered, or created as they pursue academic excellence.

The competition will also serve as a reminder of the breadth and depth of research carried out by the UWinnipeg community.

Voting has now closed. We will post a link to all submissions, including the winning submissions by March 4.

Submissions were accepted until February 7, 2024 (submissions now closed) in five main categories:

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Artistry in Research:
Images which represent the researcher’s work in music, drama, visual art, art history, and the humanities.

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Faces of Discovery:
Images which depict the people involved in research activities.

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Community Catalysts:
Images which demonstrate community impact or which represent research done with partners to benefit communities.

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Framing Fieldwork:
Images which demonstrate fieldwork.

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Powered Perception:
Images which reveal the subject in greater detail than is possible with the human eye, such as x-rays, microscopic images, computer models, etc. 

A multidisciplinary jury will review the anonymized submissions in these five categories and judge their aesthetic appeal, creativity, and insight.

One winner and one runner-up will be chosen from each of the five main categories, as well as a grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive $500. Each of the five category winners will receive $300 and runners-up will receive $200.

The winner and runner-up in a sixth category, Viewer’s Choice, will be determined by public voting from February 12 to 25. A seventh and final category, Best Description, will celebrate the photograph with the best accompanying written description.

Winners will be announced during the 2024 Three-Minute Thesis competition on March 1 and will be displayed on campus and online.

All photos must be original work, taken by the entrant, and depict UWinnipeg-affiliated research. Entrants can submit up to one photo per category. A full list of contest rules is available in our Terms of Reference.