Images of Research Competition

Images of Research Competition: 

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State University students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. Students are allowed to submit multiple entries. Entries should be the student's own work. 

This competition showcases and preserves students' research in print and digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors.

Deadline for students to submit an image: October 30, 2020

Submit to the Images of Research Competition here.

Selected images will be displayed virtually during Fall Scholars Week from November 16-20, 2020.   

Winners and semifinalists will be selected by a multidisciplinary jury according to the following criteria:

  • Overall originality/creativity
  • Aesthetic appeal of the image
  • Relationship between the image and Entrant’s research
  • Clarity of written description and title

Five prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place 
  • Second Place 
  • Third Place 
  • Two Honourable Mentions

Prize monies will be awarded depending on availability. Semi-finalist and winning images will be archived in the Murray State’s open access institutional repository

Technical Requirements

All Entry Submissions must be high resolution.

Please follow the requirements below to ensure your image is accepted into the competition:

  • .jpg or .tiff (LZW compression recommended) file formats only
  • 300 dpi (dots per inch) or a high resolution 
  • Maximum file size: 1 GB

Note: If you are limited to using a cell phone camera due to fieldwork constraints:

  • try to stabilize the phone as much as possible to avoid blurring
  • make sure to send in the highest resolution version of your image
  • use the “JPEG max” or “Original Size” settings to avoid compression

Entries not meeting the above specifications will be disqualified from the competition:

  • you will not receive a notification if your image is disqualified due to technical considerations
  • the onus is on you to ensure it meets the above specifications BEFORE you submit

Other Requirements:

All Entry Submissions must have a title and be accompanied by a short description (max. 200 words), including what the image portrays and how it relates to your research.

Both the title you choose for your image and your description should effectively communicate their relationship to your image and your research. Consider the following questions:

  • Do the title and description clearly relate to the image?
  • Does the image effectively represent your research according to the accompanying description?
  • Does the entire package (image, title, description) make sense in the context of your research?

Images that have met the technical requirements will be judged according to the following competition criteria:

  • Overall originality/creativity
  • Aesthetic appeal of the image
  • Relationship between image and Entrant’s research
  • Clarity of written description and title

Within the context of the above criteria, all aspects of qualifying Entry Submissions are considered, including typos, exceeding maximum word length, etc.

DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to ensure that your submission meets all required specifications. Entry Submissions not fully meeting the required specifications will be disqualified.

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