Images of Research 2021, Forging sustainable futures, branding  - child hugging the Earth

Competition now open!

This annual competition and subsequent year-long exhibition brings the research conducted at Strathclyde to a wide audience both online and in print, via a variety of public exhibitions.

This year’s competition, Forging sustainable futures, highlights Strathclyde’s research that aims to build resilience and achieve balance; economically, societally and environmentally. In this our 10th anniversary year, we celebrate the work which will contribute to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including our endeavours to tackle climate change, as the University’s home city prepares to host the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP26).

This year’s categories have been inspired by the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development’s five pillars – people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership – as well as Strathclyde’s strategic themes:

  • Empowering people
  • Protecting our planet
  • Prosperous world
  • Beneficial partnerships

How to take part:
Simply click on the “Take Part” link to get started. Be sure to make good use of the helpful guides to creating your image and take care to read the small print.

Deadline for entries:  midnight, Sunday 31st January

There will be cash prizes for the overall winner and runner-up as voted for by the public. There will also be a prize for the entry which best demonstrates impact and relevance to the University’s strategic themes.

Eligible entries:
Please note that you must have the rights to use any image you submit for the competition so either you should have photographed or created the image yourself, or have the full permission of the author, if using a photograph someone else has taken. Images downloaded from the internet, without permission, are not allowed.

For any queries about the competition, please contact:

In the meantime, have a look at our entries from 2020 to gain some inspiration for your entry and join our social media platforms to be kept up-to-date with all the latest information about the competition and resulting exhibitions:

Facebook: Images of Research

Twitter: @StrathImages


With last year’s exhibition launching during the pandemic, 2020’s Progress through partnership print exhibition has unfortunately not been released as yet, however, you can see a selection of the images along the Clyde, outside the Glasgow Science Centre. View the full exhibition from the comfort of your sofa by visiting the online gallery now. You can also download the accompanying Images of Research 2020 brochure, featuring all the images and links to the digital stories.


Images of Research 2020, overall winner:

Runda Aduldejcharas, Sustainable technology inspired by tradition

Images of Research winner 2020


For any queries about the competition, or to discuss exhibition opportunities, please contact:


Thank you to our competition sponsors: