PhD Snapshot

PhD Snapshot Competition

We want you to illustrate the theme of PhD life using a single digital image or ‘snapshot,’ a brief title and caption (50 words max).

Whether you are ready to submit your thesis, you have just started or are somewhere in between we want you share a picture that best represents your PhD journey. This image can represent the research you’ve been doing or how you feel.

What is the most inventive/interesting/original/hilarious thing you can come up with?

Need some inspiration? Have a look at what some of our STEPS Bloggers have already come up with here.

Rules, terms and conditions

Individual entrants are responsible for ensuring that have read and abided by the following competition rules, terms and conditions before submitting their entry. Failure to comply with these will result in your entry being disqualified.


This competition is open to the members of the postgraduate research community in all disciplines across the University of Manchester. Postgraduate Research Students (e.g. PhD, MPhil, EngD, MSc by Research)


  • Open: 19 Jan 2015
  • Close: 16 Feb 2015, 12 noon (BST)
  • Shortlist Announced:  26 Feb 2015
  • Public Vote Opens: 27 Feb 2015
  • Public Vote Closes: 13 Mar 2015
  • Winners Announced: 16 Mar 2015


Winner: £75 Amazon gift voucher
Runner up: £25 Amazon gift voucher

Entry Guidelines

Entries must be submitted to:

Format: The image may be portrait or landscape, and will be resized to fit the presentational format. The overall presentation of your entry may vary depending on which orientation you choose.

Adjusting your image: Digital adjustments are acceptable, as long as any material added belongs to the entrant (see copyright guidance for more details).

Title and caption: Your entry must include a snappy, interesting title and a max. 50 word caption.

Subject limitations: No nudes or portrayals of illegal activities. Entries that, in the sole discretion of the organisers, are considered inappropriate or unsuitable for publication will be deemed ineligible and removed from the competition.


The STEPS bloggers will choose the shortlisted entries. Entries will be reviewed under anonymous means (so details of entrant names, school or gender will not be taken into account). Judges will take into account the image, the title, and caption.

Public votes will choose the first prize winner and 1 x runner up winner.

Members of the public will be invited to vote for their favourite entry online.

The Organiser’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.

Copyright, reuse and reproduction

Entrants will retain copyright in the entries they submit. By entering the competition, all entrants grant The University of Manchester the right to publish the entry on the STEPS blog. As such, you hereby grant to The University of Manchester a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to reproduce works based on your submission without any obligation to compensate you. By entering this competition you consent to the use of your name, biographical information, entry and any statements attributed to you.

Liability and legal issues

The University of Manchester shall not be liable in any way for a submission. It is the responsibility of the entrant to secure permission from persons represented in their entry by ensuring that they have permission to use the image. You represent and warrant to the University that (i) 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 the University described herein; (ii) you have obtained consent from all people depicted in the submissions. The copyright of the entire entry 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 entry to win under the entrant’s name, and for the display and publication of the entry. The Organiser reserves the right to request evidence of such authorities or consents. Images co-created may be entered under more than one owner name; the responsibilities outlined above to extend to multiple owners.


All instances the Organiser is The University of Manchester.


All enquiries should be sent to


6 thoughts on “PhD Snapshot Competition

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    • Hi Behrouz. Yes you are welcome to add logos/watermarks to the image…’Adjusting your image: Digital adjustments are acceptable, as long as any material added belongs to the entrant.’

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