Announcing the winners of the

2021 Images of Research Competition

Organized by USask Research Profile and Impact, the seventh annual edition of the University of Saskatchewan Images of Research Photo and Imaging Competition is now over!


Knowledge is beautiful. Researchers at USask know it better than anyone.

Despite unprecedented challenges, USask researchers captured the impact of their research to show how they make a difference to society, the economy, and in solving global challenges – with a beautiful image and a simple description.

  • Students, faculty, and staff from across campus—from seven colleges, one school, one research centre, and one administrative unit—submitted 74 images
  • The winning images came from students, post-docs, staff, and alumni
  • Nearly 14,000 visitors viewed the contest.
  • Nearly 1,600 votes were cast in the Viewer's Choice category.
  • A total of seven judging panels, composed of 21 judges from faculty, staff, students, and community members weighed in.



Photo credit: Stew-pendous views!, Mark Lepitzki, Grand Prize Winner 2021

The details...

Submissions are judged by multidisciplinary juries comprising students, faculty, staff, and community members on the basis of:

  1. Aesthetic appeal of the image
  2. Creativity
  3. Degree to which the image showcases the entrant’s research
  4. Clarity and creativity of written description and title in conveying the research impact.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni submitted images in these categories:

  • From the field: Images which demonstrate the researcher’s experience doing field work anywhere in the world
  • More than meets the eye: Images which reveal the subject in greater detail than is possible with the human eye (eg. x-rays, creative expression, microscopic images, computer models, etc.)
  • Community impact: Images which represent research done with partners that benefits communities.
  • Research in action: Images which demonstrate what the researcher's work is all about
  • Arts in focus: Images which represent the researcher’s artistic work with a focus on music, drama, art and art history, and the humanities.

PLUS, submitted photos also won cash prizes for

  • Viewers' choice: Images which received the highest number of votes during a public voting period
  • Best description: Images accompanied by the clearest, most informative and most vibrant descriptions and titles