DiRAC is excited to launch this year’s research image competition and encourage our past and present users to submit aesthetically inspiring and scientifically interesting imagery which has been generated using the DiRAC facility over the past three years.

Submissions for this year’s competition have now closed.


The competition is a wonderful opportunity to have your research imagery displayed across the DiRAC platform, on our website, on social media, and in print media (see our 2023 calendar, right) and will help promote interest in your area of scientific study.

There are two categories for submission and the winners of each category will be selected by a panel of experts.

The best image in each category will be awarded a £250 Amazon e-voucher, kindly donated by Logicalis UK.Logicalis Launches CloudCentralis: A Self-Service Marketplace for Cloud Services, Starting with Microsoft



Theme 1: Particle and Nuclear Physics

Theme 2: Astronomy, Cosmology and Solar & Planetary Science

Any imagery submitted to this competition could be used in future marketing/publicity materials relating to DiRAC in either digital or print and as such, should have visual impact and scientific interest. We will be producing a 2024 DiRAC calendar, the imagery for which will be drawn from the submissions to this competition and a selection of the top images will be displayed at our annual DiRAC Science Day event.

Entry requirements:
  • Images must be generated as a result of research work carried out using the DiRAC facility
  • Images should not be older than three years
  • Digital images must be submitted in one of the following formats: JPEG, TIFF, PNG or PDF
  • All entries must be accompanied by an entry form (see details below)
  • Entires should be accompanied by a short description, of no more than 150 words, giving scientific context to the image and the DiRAC compute resource used in the research
  • Images may be generated specifically for this competition, but should result from research performed within the last 3 years
  • Author names should be included
  • Up to three submissions may be made per person
  • Images should be of a sufficient size and resolution (300 dpi minimum)
  • File sizes should not be larger than 15mb
  • Competition opens Monday 9th October
  • The deadline for submissions is 12pm, Thursday 2nd November


  • Dr Clare Jenner (Chair), DiRAC Deputy Director
  • Dr Jonathan Allday, Teacher and Science Writer
    • Author of Quarks, Leptons and the Big Bang and Space-time
  • Prof Peter Coles, Maynooth University
    • Peter is an author and runs the In The Dark science blog
  • Prof Lucie Green, University College London
    • Lucie is a Science broadcaster and former presenter of The Sky at Night
  • Prof Tara Shears, University of Liverpool
    • Tara has worked with the Arts Catalyst visual arts project
  • Georgina Ellis, Logicalis
    • Senior Account Manager