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Art of Research: Scientific Images Contest - presented by Imperial Innovations & Quicktech

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Thank you to everyone who participated. Judging for the winning images will take place soon.

Shortlisted entries will be exhibited in the Imperial College Business School Entrance from 15th - 19th February 2016.

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Enter to win great prizes including:

  • An Ipad Mini 2

  • Tickets for Escape Rooms

  • 3D printing pen

  • A print of your winning image

Imperial Innovations and Quicktech is seeking images that demonstrate the breadth and depth of scientific research taking place at Imperial College London. We're looking for photographs, illustrations or infographics that tell the story of your work - whether it's a shot of some cells, a drawing of a drone, or a visual representation of fluid dynamics we're seeking original, innovative and creative images that celebrate science.

The contest is open to all staff and students at Imperial College London and will run until midnight on the 31st January 2016. The contest will be judged by a panel of science communicators and artists, and the best entries will be displayed at a week-long exhibition to be held in the business school entrance of Imperial College London during February.


  • The prizes
  • Judging panel
  • Terms & Conditions
  • About Quicktech

First prize

An iPad Mini 2

A 3D Printing pen

People's Choice award prize

Tickets for 4 to Escape Rooms locked room mystery game

A 3D Printing pen

Runner-up prize

A 3D Printing pen

Other

  • All winners will receive a print of their winning image and a personalised certificate of recognition.
  • All shortlisted entrants will have their image displayed in an exhibition in the entrance foyer of the Imperial College Business School in the week commencing 15th February 2016.

Jen Wong

Director, Guerilla Science

Sabrina Taner

Wellcome Images

Susan Aldworth

Artist in Residence, York University Sleep Lab

Helen Pynor

Visual Artist

About the competition

  • Art of Research 2015 (the “Competition”) is the first competition of its kind for students and staff of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (the “College”).
  • The Competition aims to celebrate the research being carried out within the College.

Terms and Conditions

1. Terms of entry

(a) Entrants must read and abide by these terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”). These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

(b) By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Terms and Conditions, and warrants that their entry complies with the requirements set out in herein.

(c) Any entry found not to comply with the Terms and Conditions will be disqualified.

(d) The decision of Imperial Innovations on all matters relating to the Competition is final and binding.

2. How to enter

(a) The Competition is open to any member of staff or student of the College who is a UK resident. Overseas entries will not be considered.

(b) Entrants should submit their photos (each being a “Competition Entry”) together with completed and signed Registration and Consent Form via email to: quicktech@imperialinnovations.co.uk.

(c) Each entrant may submit up to five Competition Entries together with a completed and signed Registration and Consent Form per Competition Entry but can only win one prize.

(d) Imperial Innovations cannot be held responsible for submissions that do not arrive due to an entrant’s email security settings or restrictions placed by their Internet Service Provider.

3. What to enter

(a) Originality, creativity and innovation are central to the Competition and should be reflected in all Competition Entries.

(b) Winners may be exhibited in the College and so a high resolution image (minimum 300 dpi) is preferable.

(c) Competition Entries may be edited, but the Competition Entry must be the original work of the entrant. All entrants are required to submit a form stating that the image is their own work.

4. What NOT to enter

(a) Images deemed by the judging panel to be of an offensive nature (these will be disqualified).

(b) Images that are not the work of the entrant.

(c) Images that have previously won other photography competitions and awards.

5. Ethical standards

Any breach of the below ethical standards will constitute a breach of the Terms and Conditions and result in disqualification:

(a) Entrants are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any national or international legislation, governing the country in which the image has been taken and in securing any relevant permits that may be required (which, in the case of human portraits, may include the subject’s permission), and which should be made available on request by the Imperial Innovations.

(b) If Imperial Innovations suspects that an image has been achieved through the use of illegal or unethical practices, the entry will be disqualified and Imperial Innovations reserves the right to report the entrant to the applicable authorities.

6. Judging the competition

(a) All entries must be received by midnight on 31st January 2016. Any entries received after this time will not be eligible for inclusion in the Competition.

(b) The judging panel includes Sabrina Taner, Project Manager of Wellcome Image Awards; Jen Wong, Director of Guerilla Science; Susan Aldworth, an artist focused on medical or scientific subjects; Helen Pynor, an artist focused on the intersections of art and the life sciences.

(c) The panel will judge the Competition Entries on criteria including originality, creativity and innovation. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.

(d) All Competition Entries will be judged anonymously: names will not be provided with the Competition Entries until the shortlist is announced.

(e) Entrants whose Competition Entries have been shortlisted will be notified by email in the week commencing 8th Feb 2016 and Competition Entries may be displayed on social media.

(f) Entrants will be invited to a lunchtime drinks event on Monday 16th February 2016 to unveil the shortlisted and winning entries and announce the winners.

7. Competition prizes

(a) As part of the prize, winners may (subject to agreement by the College and/or copyright owners) have their winning Competition Entries:

(i) Displayed within the College;

(ii) Used within Marketing Materials for Imperial Innovations;

(iii) Promoted on Imperial Innovations’ Social Media and website;

(b) In addition, winners will receive the following prizes in the relevant category:

Overall Winner

1. Ipad Mini 2

2. 3D Printing Pen

3. A print of their winning image

4. A personalised certificate of recognition

Runner up will receive

1. 3D Printing Pen

2. A print of their winning image

3. A personalised certificate of recognition

People’s choice winner will receive

1. 4 tickets to ‘Escape rooms’

2. 3D Printing Pen

3. A print of their winning image

4. A personalised certificate of recognition

8. Publicity

(a) All entrants agree to the use (subject to agreement by the College and/or copyright owners) of their Competition Entry and name for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of Imperial Innovations and the Competition, and to display their Competition entry in College, without additional compensation.

9. Copyright and reproduction

(a) By entering the Competition, the entrant warrants that his/her Competition Entry(ies) is(are) his/her original work and do(es) not infringe the rights of any other party.

(b) By entering the Competition, the entrant acknowledges that ownership of copyright in the Competition Entries will be determined in accordance with College’s Intellectual Property Policy and Imperial Innovations and College may (subject to agreement by the College and/or copyright owners) reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their Competition Entry(ies) and copies of their Competition Entry(ies) in all media throughout the world in relation to the College and the Competition including but not limited to:

(i) inclusion within the College’s Websites, including within interactive elements; and

(ii) inclusion in promotional, press and marketing materials relating to the College and/or Competition.

(c) Competition Entries may be used by Imperial Innovations for the purpose of promotion from the date of publication of the Competition Entries on Imperial Innovations’ Instagram account.

10. Liability

(a) Proof of electronic submission of Competition Entries is not proof of receipt by Imperial Innovations.

(b) Imperial Innovations does not accept liability for the misuse of Competition Entries by and/or failure of any third party to comply with the Competition’s guidelines.

(c) Imperial Innovations does not accept any liability, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for any loss or damage suffered by any entrant in relation to the Competition and the use of any prize.

11. Data protection

(a) The personal data of entrants will be managed by Imperial Innovations in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

(b) Imperial Innovations will collect personal data about entrants from their registration form and as otherwise provided in order to administer the Competition and/or all publication and uses of the Competition Entries.

(c) Entrants may contact Imperial Innovations at any time to update their details.

12. Organiser's details

Imperial Innovations Limited

52 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2PG

Email: quicktech@imperialinnovations.co.uk

Quicktech is a new service dedicated to the straightforward commercialisation of research tools and materials developed by researchers at Imperial College London.

Quicktech is an online service managed by Imperial Innovations that enables researchers to quickly licence their research tools and materials using an online interface.

View the quicktech website