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Photo Contest: Show us your research

October 22, 2013

We know that our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are involved in some fascinating research and we'd love to see what you're doing and how you're "engaging the world."

Some ideas:

  • a photo of what you're studying or where you're studying
  • a photo of the country or region which is the basis for your research
  • an image of the inspiration source that started you on your research path
  • a fun snapshot of your lab or research group
  • in other words — anything can be related to "engaging the world"

We hope that you'll make it interesting, make everyone curious to learn more about your work, and show how your work engages the world, whether it's geographic, microscopic, macroeconomic or out of this world. (Some inspiration from the University of Birmingham.)

How to enter:

  • take a photo
  • write a little bit about your photo and how it's related to your research (50–100 words)
  • and then send your photo and words into our contest

As in last year's contest, we'll post the photo submissions on our website so that we can share your photo(s) with others — it may even lead to grad students making interdisciplinary connections with each other!


  • 1st prize: $100 Best Buy gift certificate
  • 2nd prize: One of two Kobo Minis
  • Honourable Mentions: $10 gift certificate for Tim Hortons (5 available)

Contest closes Sunday, December 1, 2013, at midnight.

A panel of judges will review and select the winning entries based on creativity, curiosity-generation, fun and/or "engagement."

How to Enter
Complete the online submission form  (one submission per photo please)

Email your photo(s) to with the subject line “Grad Research Photo Contest” and your name  (i.e. “Grad Research Photo Contest: Lily Wang”).
The Rules

  • Contest is open to current and on-leave SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and alumni who were graduate students.
  • You may submit a maximum of three photos but will not be able to win multiple times.
  • Photos must be the highest resolution possible so that it can be used for print and web reproduction. Please save your photo in .jpeg or .jpg format. One submission via the websurvey is required per photo.
  • By submitting your photo to the contest, you must agree that you are the photographer or have obtained permission to use the photo (if the latter, include the photographer’s name); you have permission to take the photo of the selected location and individuals, and have their permission to enter the photo in this contest; and as the photographer, you retain copyright to the photo submitted, but give unlimited and unrestricted permission for Simon Fraser University to use and reproduce the image for free in any media for promotional and/or informational materials.

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