Research in Focus Competition

Research in Focus Competition
"When human islets have babies" by Hardikar Lab, Western Sydney University. Winner of JDRF Research In Focus competition 2020.

The JDRF Research in Focus science photography competition has closed for 2021.


Images can be submitted in two categories:

Under the microscope

Images from the instruments you work with — anything from microscopy, to fluorescent stains or MRI images.

Everyday Science

Everyday phenomena can sometimes inspire great scientific breakthroughs — think Archimedes in the bath, or Newton with an apple. Submit images of the science or nature that you encounter every day and tell us how it has inspired your work.


Our panel of judges will select a winner in each category to receive a $300 prize and be displayed on the JDRF website.

The T1D community will then vote for the People’s Choice Award to win a further $200 prize. Your submission could also be featured in the JDRF T1D Research In Focus Calendar for 2022.

Check out last year’s winners here, or submit your entries using the form below.


Things to remember

  • Entries must be in JPEG or PNG file format and be under 20 MB in size.
  • Images must be as high resolution as possible (minimum 1748 x 1240 pixels). Landscape orientation is preferable.
  • Entries can be submitted on behalf of either individuals or groups (e.g. laboratory groups).
  • Multiple entries can be submitted but each one must be submitted separately.
  • Entries must have a title and a brief caption (maximum 100 words) describing the image and why you chose to submit it.
  • By entering, you give JDRF permission to use your image for promotional purposes.



Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions govern the requirements for entry into the ‘Research In Focus Photography Competition’. This competition is owned and managed by JDRF Australia.

This competition starts 27/10/2021 and closes at 05:00pm on 12/11/2021 (“Entry Period”) unless stated otherwise by the event organisers.

1. Entry requirements

All entrants must meet the following requirements:

  • All entrants must be aged 18 years and over.
  • Entrants’ work or study must be applicable to type 1 diabetes.
  • Entrants confirm that any person depicted or visible in photos consents to their image being used in the competition and any other marketing purposes thereafter.
  • All entrants agree to grant to JDRF Australia a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to reuse the image for any JDRF Australia ventures and marketing activities including but not limited to the Research Photography Competition
  • Upon request by affiliated JDRF Australia organisations, your contact details may be given to those organisations to be able to contact you and request use of your image for their purposes.
  • Entrants agree to take part in any publicity activities and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity as reasonably required by JDRF Australia.
    All entries must meet the following requirements:
  • Each entry is to consist of one image and one completed entry form.
  • The digital image must be a single-plane image in JPEG or PNG file format.
  • The digital images must contain at least 1024 pixels in the X dimension and 1024 pixels in the Y dimension (e.g., pixel resolution 1024×1024 or higher).
  • The digital image file size must be less than 20 MB.
  • Each entry is to be submitted for competition in one of two categories: Under the Microscope or Everyday Science
  • To be considered in more than one category, separate entries must be submitted for each category.
  • Multiple entries can be submitted.
  • Entries must be submitted online via
  • Entries must be received by 5:00pm on 12 November 2021.
  • All images submitted must be the entrants’ own work; OR the entrant has the rights to submit the work.
  • Scientific images must conform to ethics requirements related to the research project from which the images were derived and both image and description must be de-identified and not contain references to personal health information.
  • Entries must not contain any material which is defamatory, offensive or inflammatory.
  • JDRF Australia reserves the right to exclude from the competition any entries if deemed unacceptable and inappropriate per the above clause, or for any reason do not meet the requirements listed in these Terms and Conditions.2. Judging criteria
  • The judges of this competition will take the following into account in deciding the winning entries: composition, artistic impact, images accompanied by the clearest, most informative and most vibrant descriptions and title.
  • People’s Choice Category: the image that receives the highest number of votes during the public voting period.
    The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.3. Winner notification and prize details
  • Prize-winning entries will be announced on the Research Photography competition page ( and JDRF Australia’s social media accounts.
  • Prize-winning entrants will be notified by email thereafter within a reasonable timeframe.
  • If a prize is not claimed after fourteen (14) days following JDRF Australia notifying the winner, JDRF Australia reserves the right to retain the prize.
  • The winner for each category will receive a $300 cash prize.
  • The People’s Choice winner will receive a $200 cash prize.
  • Shortlisted entries will also be featured in a 2022 JDRF Australia calendar.4. General
  • To the extent permitted by law, JDRF Australia (including its officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents and affiliated entities) is not responsible for and excludes all liabilities (including exclusion of all liabilities for negligence, personal injury, illness and death of any person), losses, expenses, damages, costs, claims, demands, proceedings, actions and suits (whether or not direct, indirect, special and/or consequential) arising as a result of or in connection with any of the following:
  • any technical difficulty, equipment malfunction, problem with networks or communication lines, traffic congestion, infection by computer virus or bug, bad weather or act of god;
  • any theft, fraud, unauthorised, unexpected or third party access, interference or intervention;
  • any act, omission, failure or delay which is not reasonably within JDRF Australia control, or which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the promotion;
  • entrant’s or other person’s participation in this competition;
  • damage caused to any prize in transit before the prize winner takes possession;
  • tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant;
  • use or misuse of the prize;
  • invalidation of any entry;
  • disqualification of any entrant; and/or
  • any cancellation, termination, modification or suspension of this competition