As part of the U of S Canada 150 Project, the third annual Images of Research competition included a video category this year. In addition to submitting still images and brief descriptions of why their research, scholarly or artistic work matters, current students, faculty and staff were invited to submit 60-second video research pitches to explain how their research makes a difference for Canada.
“This contest showcases the outstanding research, scholarly and artistic work taking place across the U of S campus,” said Karen Chad, vice-president research. “It’s an excellent way to celebrate the beauty our researchers encounter every day and to share it with the world.”
This year’s competition received 100 entries, including 12 video research pitches from across campus and beyond, with more than 8,700 visitors to the website from 30 countries.
Organized by the Office of the Vice-President Research (OVPR), the contest has expanded every year since its inception in 2015 as the first university-wide research images contest in Canada.
The grand prize went to “Two Pigs. Two Nations. One Health,” a candid photograph snapped by third-year Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) student Taryn Roberts during a trip to Tanzania, where she provided low-cost care to livestock and pets.
“I was one of six WCVM students participating in Global Vets Africa, volunteering and learning from various veterinary and animal welfare organizations,” said Roberts.
Other entries included a mixture of traditional photography, electron microscopy and computer-generated imaging. Winners were chosen by multidisciplinary judging panels in six categories, and contest website visitors chose two images and one video as Viewer’s Choice prize winners by voting.
The winning entries, which will receive cash prizes, will be on public display in the north concourse of Place Riel from April 11–18.