Javier Brumos won first place for faculty/staff in the graphics category.

NC State Research Image Contest

NC State is calling on graduate students, undergraduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff to take part in Envisioning Research, the university’s annual research image contest. Help us highlight the beauty and importance of the work being done at the bench and in the field, both on campus and around the world.

The 2023 Research Image Contest will open in February.

See the 2022 Contest Winners

Exhibits Feature Winners

Winners from the first three years of the Envisioning Research Image Contest were featured in exhibits at the D.H. Hill and Hunt Libraries.

“A Meeting of River & Sea,” by Alice Alonso (left); “Arabidopsis Seed,” by Anna Stepanova (right).

“A Meeting of River & Sea,” by Alice Alonso (left);
“Arabidopsis Seed,” by Anna Stepanova (right).

Envisioning Research Winners Capture Insights Into the World Around Us

The winners of the Envisioning Research contest demonstrate the many ways that NC State’s research community offer new perspectives on our world. The contest is a collaborative effort by NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation, the Graduate School, University Communications & Marketing, and the NC State University Libraries. Envisioning Research was open to faculty, staff, graduate/undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Learn more about the winners

Contest Details

Contestants can submit images in four categories:

  • Photography (including photos of field work): submissions should be in a JPEG format and must be high-resolution.
  • Microscopy: submissions should be in a JPEG format and must be high-resolution.
  • Graphics and data visualization: submissions can be in JPEG, TIF, GIF or PDF formats and must be high-resolution.
  • Video and interactive: submissions can be no longer than two minutes. Shorter is better, and there should be an emphasis on visual presentation rather than narration. Submissions can be in MP4 or WMV formats. If the submission is already available online, contestants can submit a URL to the relevant page. Sound is optional.

Resolution: It is important to capture and retain the highest-resolution original with the tools used in image creation (e.g. a 12MP camera captures a 4368 x 2912 px image). If needed, submissions may be compressed as a copy of the original to meet 16MB maximum upload size.

All images should be original, well-executed, and effective at communicating information to the audience. Submissions must be related to a specific research project that took place, or is ongoing, at NC State.

Winner Recognized by NASA

Faculty/Staff winner of the Envisioning Research contest, Dr. Alice Alonso, is featured in an article by NASA’s Landsat Science program.

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There will be separate prizes, based on each contestant’s status at the university. A total of $4,200 will be awarded this year. There is a $250 prize for first-place graduate student or postdoctoral contestants in each category, and a $100 prize for second-place graduate student or postdoctoral contestants, thanks to sponsorship from the NC State Graduate School. There is a $250 prize for first-place faculty or staff contestants in each category, and a $100 prize for second-place faculty or staff contestants, thanks to sponsorship from NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation. There is also a $250 prize for first-place undergraduate student contestants in each category, and a $100 prize for second-place undergraduate student contestants, thanks to sponsorship from NC State’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

The contest is a joint project, organized by the Graduate School, Office of Research and Innovation, Office of Undergraduate Research, NC State University Libraries and University Communications and Marketing.

Each submission should include a title, and a caption of no more than 150 words that describes the research. Each submission should also include one or two sentences explaining the impact of the work for North Carolina, the United States or the world. The written components should be entered into the online submission form, not submitted as separate files.

If a submission comes from a laboratory or team of researchers, please designate a single point of contact. Industry Partners submitting images must indicate the nature of the university-industry collaboration team.

Individuals may submit multiple entries, but each entry must be submitted separately.

“Some of science’s most powerful statements are not made in words. Visualizations express a human dimension and help create a universal language that enable people around the world to exchange knowledge and to more fully understand complex scientific ideas.”— NSF Vizzies

Stuff the Lawyers Made Us Say

By submitting a photograph, image, graphic, or video (collectively the “work”) contestants hereby agree to the following:

  • You certify and warrant that the work is your own original creative work and does not violate or infringe the copyright or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of others.
  • You retain all copyright and equivalent rights but grant permission for North Carolina State University to use, reproduce, distribute, and/or release the work to the public in any manner and in any medium without payment of any fee, and in perpetuity.
  • North Carolina State University reserves the right to use contestants’ names and works for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes, including website or exhibition of winning entries. You understand that the works will be shared with reporters covering these awards and for promotion of the competition itself.  You hereby give North Carolina State University nonexclusive rights to use your name, likenesses, quotes and submissions for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes. This includes but is not limited to website display, print materials and exhibits.
  • The contest organizers reserve the right to place an entry in a different category if the category on the submission is deemed to be inaccurate.
  • You hereby agree to indemnify North Carolina State University, its trustees, officers, agents, and employees, from any and all claims, demands, and liabilities (including attorneys’ fees) incurred as a result of a final judgment or settlement or any claim or legal proceeding arising out of or resulting from a breach or claimed breach of the foregoing representations and warranties.

Winners will be announced in late August. Anyone with questions about the contest can email ncstate-research@ncsu.edu.

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