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Announcing the winners in the

2020 Images of Research Competition...

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

  • Students, faculty, and staff from across campus--from 10 colleges, three research centres, and one administrative unit--submitted 106 images
  • The winning images came from faculty, staff, and students
  • Over 12,000 visitors viewed the contest from 43 countries, and from every province and one territory in Canada.
  • More than 1,700 people cast a vote 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.

A Distributary Runs Through It, Lorne Doig, Grand Prize Winner 2020

The details...

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

Researchers captured the impact of their research  how their research makes a difference to society, the economy, and other research or global challenges – with an image and a simple description.

Submissions were judged by multidisciplinary juries 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
  • (NEW THIS YEAR) 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

Past winners

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