Image Competition

Research Image Awards

Pictures tell a thousand words. What would your research picture say?

The Local Organising Committee are pleased to announce a new event for IFPA 2017 – an opportunity for placentas to win prizes through playing a starring role in our picture competition!




This competition is open all members of IFPA who will be present at the meeting in Manchester 30th August – 2nd September.

Each entrant may enter a maximum of three photographic images to the competition.

Title and description

Your submission should include a title and a max. 50 word description of the image. The short-listed images will form part of the event’s Public Engagement activities so please ensure that the description uses plain English and is jargon-free.


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 should 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 cropping is allowed. Collage images are permitted.



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.



Submissions should be emailed to with the subject heading “Image Competition Submission”. Please include the following information:-

Your full contact details, including telephone number and email address

A title for each image you are submitting (up to a maximum of 3)

A 50-word description for each image you are submitting (up to a maximum of 3)

Up to a maximum of 3 images – these must be high-resolution image files with a dimension of at least 2000 pixels at the longest edge

The deadline for image submissions is 5.00pm on Friday 21st July 2017


Copyright and legal issues

Entrants will retain copyright for the photographs that they submit. By entering the competition, all entrants grant IFPA the right to use the image(s) in publicity and marketing materials and on its website. By entering this competition you consent to the use of your name, biographical information, entry and any statements attributed to you, or photographs of you taken subsequently, being used for promotional purposes without additional compensation to you. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee this. Media will be allowed to publish winning images free of charge for the purpose of promoting the photographic competition. All images used by the media will be credited to the photographer. As such, you hereby grant to The University of Manchester a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to reuse and/or reproduce works based on your submission without any obligation to compensate you.


Liability and legal issues

IFPA shall not be liable in any way for a submission. It is the responsibility of the photographer to secure any necessary permissions to use the image. You represent and warrant to IFPA that you are the sole and exclusive owner of your submission, or that you have all right and authority to grant the rights in the submission to IFPA. The copyright of the entire image must be the entrant’s or the entrant must have the written authority of the copyright owner to enter the photograph into the competition. All responsibility resides with the entrant to seek all permissions required for the image to win under the entrant’s name, and for the display and publication of the entry. Images co-created may be entered under more than one owner name; the responsibilities outlined above to extend to multiple owners.


Declarations of truth

All entrants will be asked to declare that the images they are submitting comply with the competition rules and that the picture information they provide is original, complete, true and accurate. The Local Organising Committee reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances are arise outside of its control.


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


In the first round of judging, a panel of non-academic personnel from Manchester will shortlist a maximum of 15 entries. These shortlisted entries will then be judged by an IFPA judging committee who will choose an overall winner and a runner up.

The judges will take into account the photographic image, the title, and the associated short description. A prize of £200 will be awarded to the winner with a runner up prize of £100. All 15 shortlisted entries will be prominently displayed throughout the Conference and the winners will be announced during the Closing Ceremony at 14:45pm on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

In addition to the overall winner and the runner up chosen by the judges, a further prize of £100 will be awarded to the winner of a public vote during the “Before You Were Born” session on Saturday 2nd September 2017. This winner will be announced at the end of the session and on the IFPA website.

All judges shall be appointed by the Local Organising Committee. The Local Organising Committee’s decision on all matters relating to the competition is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competition’s judging and organisation. Should the quality of entries fall below the standard required, the Organiser reserves the right not to award prizes. Such decisions shall be unchallengeable.

The judges will assess the images using the following criteria:


  • Does the image attract attention, as well as engage and inspire the audience?
  • Is the image of sufficiently high quality, keeping in mind the technical demands of the subject?
  • What is the overall impression of the image?


  • Does the title link the content of the image and the caption? Is it eye-catching?


  • Does the caption articulate the impact (or potential impact) of the research?
  • Does the caption clearly present information in a style that is accessible to a lay audience?


  • Do the image, title and caption have a coherent narrative with a clear message?