2020 FGS/GSA Research Image Competition

Winners Announcement

The FGS and GSA would like to thank all of the 30 graduate student participants this year with 30 entries, our largest number of submissions for this competition ever. You can view the submissions and abstracts on the FGS’s Facebook album here.

The winners of this year’s competition are:

First place: Timothy Choi’s “Light the Icy Seas”

Second place: Pauline Mouches’s “Age Dependent Analysis”

Third place: Davour Curic’s “Discovering Molecules in the Brain” and Alejandro Gutierrez’s “AI and Secret Patterns in Child’s Head”

Honourable mentions: Erin Low’s “The Road Ahead”, Pamela Freeman’s “Spatial Frequencies in Nature”, and Beth Kates’s “The Wren”

People’s Choice Award: Maryam Sharif-Razi’s “In Light of the New Beginning”

Rules and Announcement

Do you have an image that captures the essence and impact of your graduate research? Enter the 2020 Faculty of Graduate Studies/Graduate Students’ Association (FGS/GSA) Research Image Competition to win a cash award, and the opportunity and prestige of your image being displayed on and off campus. This competition is open to all UCalgary graduate students in both thesis- and course-based programs.


All images will be judged with first place receiving $500, second place receiving $300 and third place receiving $100. In addition, there will be two Honourable Mentions with no cash prizes. Images will also be displayed online and will be open to a People’s Choice Contest vote. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $100 gift certificate from the UCalgary Bookstore. The winning images will be professionally framed and displayed in various location on and off campus including the FGS and GSA offices and at the Last Defence Lounge.


The contest is open to all UCalgary graduate students in both thesis- and course-based programs. To be considered in the contest, all submissions must be:

  • Original, unpublished image (Please note: images such as computer-generated or electron microscopy images are accepted. Images of art such as paintings may be submitted, but must be arranged with purpose and follow judging criteria.)
  • Taken by the student submitting the image
  • Digital, high resolution images in JPEG format (1500-2000 px and at least 300 dpi)
  • Printable as 11×14” prints (entries must be cropped to final size before submitting)
  • File size smaller than 12 MB

Graduate students can submit a maximum of one image per competition year. In addition to your image submission, you are required to provide the following information through the online submission form:

  • your name
  • degree (Masters/PhD)
  • department
  • program
  • title (using jargon-free language)
  • a brief technical abstract describing your image and how it relates to your thesis research or course of study (maximum 1,200 characters including spaces)
  • a general public abstract (jargon-free and public-friendly language) which describes your image and how it relates to your thesis research or course of study (maximum 1,200 characters including spaces).

More details of the Competition will be available HERE

The Judging Rubric is available HERE

Contest rules are HERE

Crafting Abstracts that Connect with Your Audience Workshop

Abstracts can be challenging to write, especially when you have a limited word count! Attend this workshop to learn more about the differences between technical and general abstracts and how to craft them to gain the attention of your specific audience.

Registration HERE

Submissions and Abstracts

By clicking "Submit", I hereby confirm that:
1. I am the owner and copyright holder of the above-submitted photo/image.
2. I grant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Graduate Students Association of the University of Calgary the right of possession of my above-described image/photo and have my permission to make printed copies or use its digital formats for their promotional use.

Final Results

Final results will be announced at the FGS/GSA Research Image Competition Reception on March 4, 2020.