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Research Images Competition 2022

The UCL Geography Research Images Competition 2022 showed the range of talent both academically and artistically across our community.

Research Images Competition 2022

Geography can be an incredibly visual discipline. From the smallest diatom to the most intricately detailed of maps, there is just so much to explore.

The Research Images Competition, which came to a close last Friday, celebrates the full range of artistic talent in our Department.

The entries, shown below, were submitted by undergraduates, postgrads and staff representing the full range of human and environmental geographical sciences.

Displayed in person for the first time last week, you’ll soon be able to catch a glimpse of the photos around the North West Wing and Bedford Way buildings.

'Simultaneously inside and outside: A perspective from the field researching London skyscrapers' by Sidra Ahmed

Simultaneously inside and outside

PhD student Sidra took this photo from 22 Bishopsgate as part of her research looking at the growth of London's cityscape. It shows layers of life moving around 20 Fenchurch Street (otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie). "You can just about catch a glimpse of The Shard," she says. "The outside city floods in through the threshold of this window while the reflections of the inside office become part of the outside city."

Epithemia adnata' by Natalie Deng

Epithemia adnata'

Taken using a light microscope, this photo shows the valve of an Epithemia adnata, a type of diatom around 50μm in length. Undergraduate student Natalie's dissertation research looks at the impact of past volcanic eruptions and tephra deposits on lake ecosystems through diatom analysis. "While my research consisted of repetitive and exhausting diatom counting, I often came across different symmetrical and beautiful diatom morphologies, revealing an amusing miniature world under the microscope," she said.

'Mapping the central Congo peatlands' by Simon Lewis.

Mapping the central Congo peatlands

Indigenous community leader Valentin Egobo discusses mapping the world's largest tropical peatland in the heart of the Congo basin with Professor of Global Change Science Simon Lewis. Professor Lewis co-led the UK-Congolese team during a field campaign near Lokolama, Équateur province.

'Behind Hong Kong’s waste management system: the (in)visible cardboard grannies' by Samantha Siu

Behind Hong Kong’s waste management system

Taken as part of her third-year module 'Urban Political Ecology', Samantha's photo shows a 'cardboard granny' pushing her trolley through a tidy street in Central, Hong Kong’s central business district. While largely invisible in the city’s formal waste management systems, these older citizens are visible bodies of infrastructure crucial to the flow of urban waste, exposing the city’s struggle to support its rapidly ageing population.

'Hive Mentality' by Kyle Riley

'Hive Mentality' by Kyle Riley

Like the honey bees they inspect, these suburban beekeepers may all look the same. But MSc student Kyle asks the question "how far does the 'hive mentality' extend among British hobbyist beekeepers, and what can we learn from alternative methods of beekeeping?"

'Bordering on Precarity' by India Boschet

'Bordering on Precarity' by India Boschet

Taken during the 2022 Gibraltar field trip, this photo by undergrad India shows a housing complex in La Linea de la Conception. The accommodation is typical of cross-border workers who live "precarious transborder lives" as India puts it.

'This is War not Heritage' by Professor Jason Dittmer

'This is War not Heritage' by Professor Jason Dittmer

The Northern Defences of Gibraltar were made famous in the Great Siege of 1779-1783, in which they were central to the British fortress's defence. They are currently being restored by the Government of Gibraltar. This graffiti, left anonymously, rejects British military history as the basis of the emergent nation's identity and heritage. This photo was submitted by Professor Jason Dittmer.

'Reflections of Loch Kinord sampling' by Neil Rose

'Reflections of Loch Kinord sampling' by Neil Rose

Part of annual monitoring at Loch Kinord in Scotland. "Occasionally we do get a perfect autumn day..." says Neil, Professor of Environmental Pollution and Palaeolimnology.

'Yellow sky : red puddle' by Lucy Sabin

'Yellow sky : red puddle' by Lucy Sabin

PhD candidate Lucy had been studying Saharan dust as a visiting researcher at the University of Alicante when she took this shot. "I'd been there for a month, but never seen the dust in the atmosphere," she said. "One week after I left Alicante the dust appeared. Luckily the winds followed me." The image captures the surreal continuity of tones between oxidised water (caused by acid drainage from the Riotinto mines), minerals in the earth, and the desert blown into the sky.

'Concrete Roses, Old School Games, Commonwealth Avenue?' by Nathaniel Télémaque

'Concrete Roses, Old School Games, Commonwealth Avenue?' by Nathaniel Télémaque

This photo is taken from Nathaniel's practice-related geography PhD project 'Everyday things white city: generations'.

'Frontier Politics' by Paul Kim

'Frontier Politics' by Paul Kim

In this shot taken by undergraduate student Paul Kim, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney walks through a barn before taking the stage for a get-out-the-vote rally in Livingston, Montana.

'Pop-up culture of "walking street" in Rayong, Thailand' by Poom Polachan

'Pop-up culture of

Walking street activities like this market are common placemakers in Thailand. Public streets are transformed into government, private and community-led events helping to promote local economies, social life and tourism.

'Sunset Pondering' by Rebecca Stubbs

'Sunset Pondering' by Rebecca Stubbs

Professor Carl Sayer collects a zooplankton sample from a Lancashire pond as part of the Ponderful project in this photo by MSc student Rebecca.

'Mariricu River mouth, Brazil' by Silvia Polizel

'Mariricu River mouth, Brazil' by Silvia Polizel

Captured with a drone during fieldwork along the coast of the Doce River delta in southeastern Brazil in January 2022 by PhD candidate Silvia, this photo shows the sand bars in the Mariricu River mouth.

'The Cowdray Colossus' mate' by Phil Wilkes.

'The Cowdray Colossus' mate' by Phil Wilkes.

Perhaps best known as the site of the Cowdray Colossus, the world's largest sweet chestnut tree, Cowdray Park in West Sussex is also home to this smaller but equally majestic tree. Another Castanea sativa, Professor Wilkes captured this shot using terrestrial LiDAR in April 2021. Take a look at the 3D model

'Eutrophic Felbrigg Lake with floating algae' by Wang Xinchang

'Eutrophic Felbrigg Lake with floating algae' by Wang Xinchang

Taken during a field trip to Felbrigg Lake in Norfolk, Wang Xinchang captures a mass of floating algae on the surface, a sign of an increase in plant nutrients in ageing lakes known as eutrophication.

'Wildlife Trade in Large Carnivores' by Joshua Powell

'Wildlife Trade in Large Carnivores' by Joshua Powell

This image of a farmed Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus), or moon bear, was taken by UCL Geography PhD Student, Joshua Powell, on a disused bear bile farm in South Korea, while working with Project Moon Bear. The wildlife trade in carnivores, a theme of Powell's doctoral research, continues to pose a risk to the conservation of threatened species, the welfare of traded animals and human health. Read more about Joshua's award-winning photography.

'The right to dignity and beauty in displacement' by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

'The right to dignity and beauty in displacement' by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

A woman tending flowers on the threshold of her home in Baddawi refugee camp, northern Lebanon. This photo was taken by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh for the Refugee Hosts Project.

‘Cutlery and I’ by James Green

‘Cutlery and I’ by James Green

Research student James took this photo as part of his work looking at the precarious nature of low-paid employment in London's service sector.


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