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The University of South Australia’s Images of Research competition, celebrates our research, highlighting its breadth and diversity, as well as the people who make it happen.

Background: 2019 Images of Research winner, Mariana Oksdath Mansilla,
Centre for Cancer Biology.
Image Title: A blooming mini-brain.

Images of Research 2020
Competition is Now Open

The 2020 Images of Research and Enterprise Competition provides an opportunity for all UniSA staff and students to showcase our unstoppable research. For the past five years, the diversity and breadth of our research has been captured by an increasing pool of captivating and illuminating images.

In celebration of UniSA’s research and researchers, the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, invites you to enter this year’s competition.


1st prize - $5,000 and your entered image printed and mounted
2nd prize – your entered image printed and mounted
3rd prize – your entered image printed and mounted
People’s Choice – $1,000 and your entered image printed and mounted


Competition closes 30th September 2020, 5.00pm ACST

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    The intent of this competition is to:

    • Highlight the strength and creativity of our research both within and beyond UniSA;
    • Recognise and reward the creativity of our research staff and students; and
    • Provide a series of images communicating the value and beauty of UniSA research to our community, business partners, alumni and donors.


    We are seeking images that reflect our research and the people who make it happen – quality images that inspire. We welcome entries from all disciplines – the image should entice and captivate one’s attention, raising awareness and intrigue about the research.

    In the case of videography, we are looking for short creative and visually impactful pieces.


    Recognising the efforts of entrants, all eligible entries will be in contention for first, second, third and the People’s Choice Prize:

    1st Prize - $5,000 (For UniSA staff members the prize money will be transferred to a Professional Development (PD) fund to be used in accordance with UniSA’s Professional Development Fund Guidelines).

    The People’s Choice Prize - $1,000

    All four prize winners will receive a mounted picture of their entry and a certificate.



    Any photographic image submitted must meet the following specifications: 300dpi at an approximate minimum size of 6000 pixels x 6000 pixels or 500mm x 500mm, saved as either a .jpg or .tif. File size 6MB or greater.


    Any video submitted must meet the following specifications: no longer than 20secs, resolution 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels, sound 48000 Khz (if sound is used, however not a requirement) and saved as an H.264 (mp4) with a maximum file size 100MB.

    Please note: videos talking to camera about research are deemed ineligible.

    Application and selection process

    Applications must be submitted online via unisa.edu.au by Wednesday 30 September 2020, 5.00pm ACST.

    The judging panel will be comprised of senior university management, a university communications and marketing representative, and several external panel members. The winner will be announced online by the University of South Australia’s Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise via Social Media on 30 October 2020.

    The People's Choice competition opens following the winner’s announcement, online voting runs for one month, closing 30 November 2020. The People Choice Winner will be announced online by the University of South Australia’s Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise 1st December 2020.


    To enter the Images of Research competition you must agree to the following:

    • All the details on this application form are true and complete;
    • I agree to the Terms and Conditions of the competition;
    • This Image/Video was taken by me and is my original work;
    • I have obtained the written consent of all persons who appear in this Image/Video (Consent Form available here);
    • Use of the Image/Video by UniSA will not infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party;
    • If the entry depicts Aboriginal knowledges, every effort has been made to ensure protection of Aboriginal Peoples rights to traditional knowledges.

    Terms and Conditions

    The “Images of Research” Competition (Promotion) is being run by the University of South Australia (ABN 37 191 313 308) (Promoter) of 55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000.

    Contact details: Tanya Vale, Tel: 8302 0157 Email: tanya.vale@unisa.edu.au

    The total prize pool of this Promotion does not exceed $6,372. By entering the Promotion, you agree to, and represent that:

    • you have read and understood these terms and conditions; and
    • if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian has read these terms and conditions and has provided their approval for you to participate in the Promotion and to provide the personal information contained in your entry

    1. Eligibility

    a. Entry is open to individuals who are:

    (i) current students of the Promoter; and
    (ii) employees of the Promoter.
    Individuals who satisfy all of the above mentioned criteria will be Eligible Entrants. If an entrant is an employee and current student of the Promoter, the entrant will be considered an employee for the purposes of the Promotion.

    b. Entries open at 9.00am Adelaide time on [Friday 31 July 2020] and close at 5.00 pm Adelaide time on [Wednesday 30 September 2020], (Entry Period). Entries received after the Entry Period will not be accepted. Incomplete entries received during the Entry Period will not be accepted.

    c. An entry will only be eligible for the Promotion where it complies with these terms and conditions in every respect (Eligible Entry). Each Eligible Entrant is restricted to one entry for the Promotion. If an Eligible Entrant submits more than one entry the most recently submitted entry will be considered to be the Eligible Entry for judging. All other previous entries entered by that Eligible Entrant will be considered ineligible.

    d. The Promoter may exclude from eligibility any entry which it considers (in the Promoter’s sole and absolute discretion):

    (i) does not or may not reflect positively on the Promoter;
    (ii) may damage the reputation or goodwill associated with the Promoter, its branding and other intellectual property;
    (iii) is not artistic in nature; or
    (iv) is otherwise innapropriate

    e. No responsibility is taken by the Promoter for late, lost, incomplete, illegible or misdirected entries.

    2. Method

    a. To enter, Eligible Entrants must, within the Entry Period:

    (i) enter an artistic research related:

    • photograph (300dpi at an approximate minimum size of 6000 pixels x 6000 pixels or 500mm x 500mm, saved as either a .jpg or .tif. File size 6MB or greater); or
    • video (no more than 20 seconds in duration, resolution 1920pixels x 1080pixels, sound 48000 Khz (if sound used, however not a requirement), and saved as an 264 (mp4) with a maximum file size 100MB); and

    (ii) complete an online entry form and upload the photograph or video via the Promotion website: unisa.edu.au/imagesofresearch.

    b. By submitting an Eligible Entry to the Promotion, the Eligible Entrant:

    (i) agrees that if they are selected as a winner of the Promotion, their name may be used by the Promoter for promotional and publicity purposes for the benefit of the Promoter, including (without limitation) on the Promoter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/UniSA; Instagram account; Twitter account and other social media applications used by the Promoter;

    (ii) grants to the Promoter an irrevocable, exclusive, worldwide, royalty free licence for the Promoter to use the photograph or video for its business purposes, including without limitation, to display the photograph or video on the Promoter’s social media channels, to use the photograph or video for educational, training, marketing, promotional and publicity purposes and to commercially exploit the photograph or video by its use in merchandise and/or services sold or supplied by the Promoter to third parties (whether or not those activities generate any revenue);

    (iii) agrees that in relation to any moral rights (as defined by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)) that the Eligible Entrant holds in the photograph or video (Moral Rights), they irrevocably and voluntarily consent to any of the following acts or omissions on the part of the Promoter, namely:

    a. using, reproducing, adapting or exploiting all or any part of the photograph or video, with or without attribution of authorship;

    b. using the photograph or video in a different context to that originally envisaged;

    c. altering the photograph or video by adding to, removing elements from, or rearranging elements of it;

    d. making any modification, variation or amendment of any nature whatsoever to the photograph or video, whether or not it results in a material distortion, destruction or mutilation of it or is prejudicial to the Eligible Entrant’s honour or reputation, but not to the Promoter falsely attributing authorship of the photograph or video; and

    (iv) agrees that they are not entitled to any fees or other compensation in return for any use of the photograph or video permitted by these terms and

    c. the Eligible Entrant warrants that:

    (i) the photograph or video submitted was devised and taken by the Eligible Entrant, is the Eligible Entrant’s original work and the Eligible Entrant owns all intellectual property rights in the photograph or video (including, without limitation, all copyright) or otherwise has the full authority to grant the licences under paragraphs 2B(i) and 2B(ii) and has the ability to provide consent under paragraph 2B(iii);

    (ii) the Eligible Entrant has complied with all relevant laws in taking the photograph or video and entering this Promotion;

    (iii) the Eligible Entrant has obtained the written consent (in a form acceptable to the Promotor) of all persons whose images appear in the Eligible Entrant’s photographs or videos for those photographs or videos to be used as contemplated under these terms and conditions and the Eligible Entrant will provide a copy of the written consent to the Promotor on the request of the Promotor;

    (iv) use of the photograph or video as contemplated under these terms and conditions will not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party (including, without limitation, any third party trademarks); and

    (v) where the photograph or video depicts imagery of Aboriginal knowledges, artefacts, tools, or other expressions of Aboriginal peoples ways of knowing, the Eligible Entrant asserts that the entry depicting images and ways of knowing has not been misappropriated, manipulated or altered. For further information on UniSA’s commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research, please see our Aboriginal Research Strategy which was developed in partnership with Aboriginal communities.

    3. Prize draws

    (a) There are four prizes awarded in the Promotion, First, Second, Third and People’s Choice. The First Prize winner will receive $5,000, a mounted copy of their entry to the value of $93 and a certificate. The People’s Choice winner will receive $1000, a mounted copy of their entry to the value of $93 and a certificate. Second and Third prize winners will each receive a mounted copy of their entry to the value of $93 and a certificate.

    The First Prize or People’s Choice winner who is an employee of the Promoter will have the funds transferred to their Professional Development Fund and the monies must be used in accordance with the Professional Development Fund Guidelines. The First Prize winner or People’s Choice Winner who is a student of the Promoter will have the funds transferred to their nominated bank account.

    (b) The First Prize, Second Prize and Third Prize recipient will be determined by a panel that comprises the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise (or nominated proxy) , the Director MoD (or nominated proxy), Executive Dean : UniSA Creative (or nominated proxy), PVC: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy (or nominated proxy), Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (or nominated proxy) and at least two external representatives (Panel).

    The external representatives will be chosen by the Promoter at its absolute discretion. This Panel will also determine the entrants that will be eligible for the People’s Choice prize.

    The People’s Choice award will be determined via a polling system that will be available on the Promotion’s webpage.

    If any misuse or improper use of the polling system is detected the Panel will have the absolute discretion to take any action deemed appropriate, including disqualifying Eligible Entries. Any action taken is final and not subject to review or complaint.

    c. The Promotion is a game of skill. Chance plays no part whatsoever in determining the winners.

    d. Judging of all Eligible Entries will be based on the adjudged uniqueness, quality and creativity of the photograph or video. The Panel’s decision is Judging of the first, second and third prizes and the contenders for the People’s Choice award will take place at, UniSA Cancer Research Institute Building, Corner North Terrace and Morphett St, Adelaide SA 5000.

    Prizes awarded to employees of the Promoter will be transferred to their Professional Development Account and are not transferable, by the prize winners.

    Prizes awarded to the Promoter’s students will be transferred to the individual’s nominated bank account.

    4. Prize winners announcement and prize collection

    a. The winners of the First, Second and Third Prizes will be notified by email (as determined by the Promoter) and announced on the Promotors social media on 30 October, 2020. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be notified via email and announced on the Promotors social media on 1 December, 2020.

    b. The Promoter will transfer the First Prize and People’s Choice monetary component of the Prize to the winners shortly after they are notified.

    c. The Prize Recipients for all four awards must collect their Prize at any time between 9:00am and 5:00pm on a weekday (that is not otherwise a public holiday in South Australia) from Level 4 Reception, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000.between 1 November 2020-11 December 2020 (‘Collection Period’).

    d.  If the Prize Recipient does not collect their Prize during the Collection Period, then the Prize Recipient will be deemed to have forfeited any right to their Prize, and UniSA may dispose of or otherwise deal with the Prize as it sees fit.

    5. Personal Information

    a. Subject to paragraph 5C, the personal information of the Eligible Entrant, their legal guardian and representative will be handled in accordance with the Promoter’s privacy policy located at: https://i. unisa.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/privacy/privacy-policy/

    b. By entering the Promotion, Eligible Entrants consent to the Promoter using their personal information to provide them with marketing, promotional and advertising information about the Promoter from time to time by email.

    c. By entering the Promotion, entrants:

    (i) are providing personal information to UniSA;

    (ii) acknowledge and agree that personal information which is submitted on social media may be collected, used and distributed by any of the operators of that social media in accordance with the terms, policies and guidelines published on any of the websites of the relevant social media. Entrants should familiarise themselves with such terms, policies and guidelines of Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (as the case may be).

    6. General

    The Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with any of Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or any other social media Eligible Entrants:

    (i) release Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from any liability arising from, or in connection with, the Promotion; and

    (ii) must comply with any terms and conditions imposed by Facebook, Instagram or Twitter which may be applicable to the Eligible Entrant’s participation in the Promotion, including but not limited to the use of any intellectual property or branding.


If you have any questions please contact DVCRE@unisa.edu.au