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St George’s hold an Image of the Year competition to help promote Research Day 2022.

The winner receives a £100 voucher and has their image used as the main image to promote this year's Research Day.

The competition is open to all and we encourage submission of images from any area of research at St George's, this could be anything from molecular, cellular, to fieldwork or clinical work.  

A panel of judges then review the images submitted against the following criteria:

  • overall aesthetic of the image (including quality and size)
  • how the image represents your research
  • how the image fits in with the overall research aims of the university.

As well as the winner, the judges select a highly commended image as runners up which may also be featured in Research Day materials.

The deadline for submissions was Friday 10 June 2022 therefore we are no longer taking applications.

2022 winner and commendation

Winner: Joseph Westaby - Valentine's Heart

Joseph's image shows a picrosirius red stained section of heart. The image shows infiltration of the heart by fat and fibrosis in a condition called arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy.

There is a dividing blood vessel in the centre of the image which gives the impression of a valentine's heart. The dark red marks the collagen or fibrosis, the clear spaces are the fat and the myocytes are light brown.

Jacob's image is shown first in the gallery above.

Commended: Alison Crawshaw - Lisolo Malamu

Alison's image is an artist’s impression of the participatory workshops that they conducted with Congolese migrants, to co-design tailored interventions to increase Covid-19 vaccine uptake in their community, as part of the study Lisolo Malamu (meaning ‘Good Talk’ in Lingala language).

It was drawn live on a huge piece of canvas during the workshops (using national colours of the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

The sketch shows a group of Congolese participants presenting and sharing the ideas that they co-created during the workshops, including:

  • educational workshops about Covid-19
  • short plays about Covid-19 vaccination
  • posters.

Alison's image is shown second in the gallery above.

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