Art of Research photo contest submissions open today

Posted on January 14, 2019


By Kayla Dettinger, University Relations staff

Researchers, ready your cameras. Returning for its fourth year, the Art of Research photo contest is launching January 14, 2019 to celebrate and creatively capture the research conducted by the Queen’s community.

Hosted by the Office of the Vice-Principal (University Relations) and open to Queen’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the Art of Research is a competition that provides a unique and accessible method of sharing and celebrating ground-breaking research. Past contest winners have captured stunning images of their research in all settings, from the summit of a mountaintop to a microscope slide.

“The contest embraces the creativity of research happening across disciplines, and demonstrates the breadth of Queen’s research happening at local, national, and international levels,” says Dr. Kimberly Woodhouse, Interim Vice-Principal (Research).

Prizes will be awarded in the categories of “Community Collaborations,” “Invisible Discoveries,” “Out in the Field,” and “Art in Action,” with additional prizes for “Best Description,” and “People’s Choice.” The top submissions in each of these categories will receive $500.  

This year’s contest will also celebrate two of our faculties’ significant anniversary milestones. The Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science have collaborated with University Relations to sponsor two additional special prizes of $500 each.

To celebrate its 125th anniversary of engineering education at Queen’s, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science special prize will be awarded to the submission that best demonstrates an engineering-specific pursuit likely to affect positive change in all our daily lives. Prize will be adjudicated by Queen's engineering professors, Dr. Kevin Mumford and Dr. Julian Ortiz.

Additionally, to celebrate 50 years of excellence, the Queen’s Faculty of Education 50th prize will celebrate the photography of students, faculty, staff or alumni as they pursue research in education.

As with all categories, entries will be considered for these two special prizes regardless of the submitter’s faculty affiliation.

All winners also have an opportunity to be featured on the Queen’s research website and in Queen’s publications. Most recently, as a part of the beauty of research initiative, four past submissions were repurposed as pennant banners along University Ave.

The winners of the past three contests are also featured in a travelling pop-up photo exhibit. This exhibit has helped highlight Queen’s research to the Kingston community, on Queen’s campus, and at major research conferences such as the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa. Throughout the contest the exhibit will be on display at several campus landmarks, such as the Queen’s Centre, to inspire imaginative submissions.

The contest closes on March 1, 2019. The submission form can be found here and information on past contests and photo winners is located on the research website



STRONG SHOWING: Engineering Chemistry student, James Xie, won in the Community Collaborations Category last year for his image, Exploring Worlds at Home (top). Department of Chemical Engineering Staff member Fei Chen won the People’s Choice category last year for her image, Biometric Scaffolds (bottom).