The Capture Your Research! is an image competition where students, faculty, and staff can submit one image that captures the essence of their research.  They will be judged on originality/creativity, aesthetic – appeal of the image, relationship between the image and their research, and clarity of the written description.

We will have four award categories for undergraduate, graduate, faculty/staff (including the research labs/centers), and people’s choice. The awards will be presented at an Awards Ceremony at the Old Capitol Museum on November 9th at 5pm. This will be followed by a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and displaying the top 10 pieces in every category. All are welcome to join us!

The images will be digitally preserved and added to the Libraries’ Iowa Digital Library. See the 2020 winners in our digital gallery.

Definition of Research

What is your day like as a researcher? We want to capture images that feature how interesting life is in research. What images might you be seeing in your day to day life that others might not? What images could encompass your work? What drives you to continue to work in research?

Research is broadly defined to mean any systematic investigation or study into a product, process or concept to develop new and improved products and understandings.  Examples can range from redesigning a more ergonomic chair or investigating toxicology in drinking water or developing treatments to devastating illness or investigating human behavior in order to better understand ourselves, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.


Winners will be selected from 4 categories with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awarded in each category.

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate Student
  • Faculty/Staff/Researchers
  • People’s Choice

The top 10 the first three categories will be considered for People’s Choice and displayed in the reception post ceremony.

Voting for People’s Choice


The voting deadline is October 29th at 11:59 pm.  The top 3 choices will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 9th at the Old Capitol Museum from 5-7 p.m.

Submission Requirements

Deadline has passed

The image must be a High Resolution Image with a 2:3 aspect ratio suitable for printing as a 20″ x 30″ poster

Submission can be changed, withdrawn or adjusted up until the October 8th deadline through the online form or by emailing Kari Kozak.


August 29th – Submission Opens
Now – October 15th – Submission Closes
Mid-October – Judging
October 23rd – October 29th – People’s Choice Voting
November 9th – Awards Ceremony/Reception, Old Capitol Museum, 5-7pm

This will be based on a similar project at the University of Alberta. You can see examples of images submitted to the University of Alberta competition here. We are also adapting this from the 2020 Capture Your Research event. You can see the images submitted here.

See previous submissions in the Libraries’ Iowa Digital Library. See the 2020 winners in our digital gallery.

See more information on the Official Rules and Creative Commons License

Credit: Alyxandra Thiessen (https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/f5b60ddf-ad2a-4b6e-a9b9-e397d5eae2e9)


Capture Your Research! is sponsored by Hanson Center for Communication, Lichtenberger Engineering Library, NEXUS | Artineers, and Office of Undergraduate Research.