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UWinnipeg launches research photography competition

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Research in Focus will 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.

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.

“I am so excited to see Research in Focus submissions roll in,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice-President of Research and Innovation. “This competition is an opportunity to share research from a vantage point we don’t often get to see on a larger scale. I suspect there will be a tremendous response to this competition, one that we can all celebrate together while featuring the incredible work that is done at UWinnipeg by faculty, students, staff, 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.

Submissions are being accepted online now through February 7, 2024 in five main categories:

  • Artistry in Research: Images which represent the researcher’s work in music, drama, visual art, art history, and the humanities.
  • Community Catalysts: Images which demonstrate community impact or which represent research done with partners to benefit communities.
  • Faces of Discovery: Images which depict the people involved in research activities.
  • Framing Fieldwork: Images which demonstrate fieldwork.
  • 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, drone photographs, 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.

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