Visualise Your Thesis competition 2023

Graduate researchers, the Visualise Your Thesis competition is back at UQ in 2023 and proudly sponsored by the UQ Union Association of Postgraduate Students.

Get involved to showcase your research and develop skills in visual storytelling and communicating complex ideas to a general audience. You could also win a share of A$1500 in prize money!

There's also institutional pride on the line with UQ PhD student Drew Min Su Cylinder the International winner, Visualise Your Thesis Competition in 2022.

We know UQ graduate researchers have what it takes and are excited to see what the 2023 competition brings.

About the competition

Visualise Your Thesis TM competition,
developed by the University of Melbourne.

The competition is open to currently enrolled graduate researchers (students enrolled in Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research, PhD, or Professional Doctorate programs) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending.

Your entry

Entrants must create an eye-catching, 60-second audio-visual representation of their research project and its potential benefits to a non-specialist audience.  


Entries are judged on their visual impact and how well the content presents the research. Presenting in a digital format allows for different levels of creativity, multi-media, interactivity and interpretation, and is suitable for all disciplines.

Winners and prize money

The competition winners will be awarded at the UQ Visualise Your Thesis Awards event on 21 August 2023 and receive prize money of:

  • 2023 winner: A$1000
  • Viewer's Choice winner: $500.
Thank you to the UQ Union of Postgraduate Students for their generous support of the competition, including the Awards event and competition prize money.

Find out more about the Association (below, on this page).

The winner of the UQ competition will automatically be entered into the international competition by 5 September 2023.

How to enter

Express your interest from 8 May

Submit an expression of interest from 8 May until 11 June 2023.

Expressions of interest for 2023 have closed.

Our Scholarly Publishing team will email eligible entrants an Entrant Kit with details on how to submit your application.

Use your Entrant Kit to prepare and submit your competition entry between 22 May and 28 July 2023.

Key competition dates for 2023

  • Expressions of interest: open from 8 May until 11 June. 
  • Competition entries: open from 22 May and close on 28 July. 
  • Announcement of winner: 21 August. 
  • Winning entry into international competition: 5 September.

How to prepare

Feeling inspired? Here are a few things you can do to find out more or prepare to enter the competition. 

Attend an information session

Register to attend a Visualise Your Thesis Information and Question and Answer session (UQ login required):

Alternatively, you can also email any competition questions to our Scholarly Publishing team at

View past entries

Watch entries in the UQ and international competitions for 2022:

Brush up on your skills

We offer training sessions to help you develop your design or visual story-telling skills and refresh your copyright knowledge. We run sessions on PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Photoshop and more.

UQ students also have access to LinkedIn Learning courses. Take advantage of your access to build your software and editing skills.

About Visualise Your Thesis

The Visualise Your Thesis competition was developed by the University of Melbourne. The competition has offered local and international competition rounds since 2019 and has wide international reach. 

UQ first participated in the competition in 2022.

About the competition sponsor

The UQ Union Association of Postgraduate Students (APS) encourages postgraduate student community and wellbeing at UQ. 

Visit the APS website:

  • To discover their Social, Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Academic programs
  • For postgraduate student events
  • To buy fun merchandise including hoodies, t-shirts, plushies, and socks.

Thank you to APS for their generous support of the UQ Visualise Your Thesis competition in 2023! 


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Last updated:
4 August 2023