Image Format

Photographers who are shortlisted will need to be able to provide a high-resolution image file with a dimension of at least 2000 pixels at the longest edge. Shortlisted images will be printed on A3 foamex (at no cost to you). Images can be submitted in portrait or landscape orientation. The overall presentation of your submission may vary depending on which orientation you choose.

Image adjustments

The faithful representation of what was captured at the time of the shot being taken must be maintained. Digital adjustments are only acceptable if limited to minor cleaning work (removing dust spots), levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work. Sharpening and minimal cropping is allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. Composting, multiple exposures, sandwich shots and double exposures are not permitted. Multiple or collage images are not permitted. Adding or removing elements into/from the image is not allowed. Pictures that have been digitally manipulated beyond the terms of the rules will be disqualified. The judges reserve the right to the exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.


Full colour or black and white images are permitted. Digital files or scans of transparencies can be submitted. Dodging, burning and toning of these is allowed.

Camera details

All entrants who are shortlisted will be required to provide details about their camera, lens, exposure, speed and any other equipment used.

Title and description

Your submission must include a snappy, interesting title and a max. 200 word description of how the image demonstrates the relationship between your research and this year's theme. As the abstract will be read by members of the general public and other non-specialists in your research area you must ensure that the description uses plain English and is jargon-free.

Subject limitations

No nudes or portrayals of illegal activities. Submissions that, in the sole discretion of the judges, are considered inappropriate or unsuitable for publication will be deemed ineligible and removed from the competition. Please note that entries that do not conform to the specifications for the image file or abstract will be rejected.

Copyright and legal issues

Further information on copyright and legal issues can be found here.


All enquiries should be sent to: with the subject heading “Image Awards Enquiry”.