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Image of Research Contest: Library Guides

This guide provides information on the Image of Research Contest at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Information about eligibility and submission guidelines can be found here.

Image of Research Contest at UNLV

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Image of Research Contest @ UNLV

A big thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Image of Research Contest a big success! To see our winning images, check out the UNLV Libraries News Blog



The UNLV University Libraries supports research and lifelong learning for our students, faculty, and community members. We also understand that research can take many different forms. Generally speaking, research is a process of inquiry that includes asking questions and seeking answers through a variety of perspectives, sources, and methods in order to develop a new understanding or new knowledge.
The Image of Research Contest invites researchers of all levels from any discipline or community to submit an inspiring image that reflects their research or research process and a 50-100 word description of the image. Images and descriptions are evaluated by a multidisciplinary panel of judges and winners from the following categories will be announced
during the Libraries Open House on Wednesday, October 11th during UNLV’s Research Week:



  • Graduate and Undergraduate Students

  • Faculty and Staff

  • Community Members

Winners in each category receive a $100 cash prize!


Key Dates:

  • Call for submissions opens: September 4th.
  • Submissions close: September 28th @ 11:59 pm
  • Winners announced: October 11 @ 4:30 p.m. Goldfield Room, Lied Library. Selected submissions will be displayed in the Lied Library Digital Gallery.


Image Requirements

  • Images submitted via the online submission form must be a minimum of 1080p x 1080p cropped into square aspect ratio, and formatted as a jpg.

  • The entrant must be principle creator of the image. Third-party content can be used (e.g., mixed with other content), but submitting a third-party image unaltered and without permission is not permitted. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any use of images or material that are under copyright by a third party either falls under fair use or that relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed. Images with a Creative Commons license may be submitted if proper attribution is included.

  • Submissions that do not meet the contest requirements will not be considered.

Text Requirements


  • A title of less than 250 characters

  • Text included with the submission should clearly define the entrant’s research and demonstrate the connection between the image and that research. Additionally, submissions should be written for a lay audience, free of jargon, and aim to inspire interest in the research area. Though there is no word limit, text should range between 50-100 words.


Submissions are judged on three criteria


  • Connection between image, text, and research 

  • Originality 

  • Visual Impact




  • All image submissions must be accompanied by text that connects the image to the entrant’s research.

  • Images and text must be submitted via the online submission form.

  • The entrant must be the creator/copyright holder of submitted images or have permission from the copyright holder to share the image(s).

  • Entrants may submit on behalf of a group. Prizes will be awarded to the entrant who may then divide the prize among the group at their own discretion.

  • The entrant, as copyright owner, grants UNLV Libraries a non-exclusive license to share, use, and archive the work via a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

  • Entrants are warned to consider confidentiality constraints before submitting to this competition. Researchers should consult with their stakeholders and subjects prior to sharing any information about the research.


Image of Research at UNLV requirements are modified from the University of Kansas Libraries' Image of Research Competition

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