The annual Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researchers Photography Competition provides an opportunity for staff and students to showcase the breadth and diversity of research at UniSA where the images tell a story about the research we do and the people who make it happen.

We would like to thank everyone who entered the 2017 competition and congratulate our first, second and People’s Choice prize winners.

To see all of our sixteen finalists browse through the images below.

Why settle for a piece of sky, when you can fly and soar? Why settle for a piece of sky, when you can fly and soar?
Why settle for a piece of sky, when you can fly and soar?

Finalist: Dr Arry Tanusondjaja, Research Fellow, School of Marketing

Image Title: Why settle for a piece of sky, when you can fly and soar?

The glass object reflects the blue sky above – in the midst of a seemingly mundane and unorganised background.
This image is a reference to Arry’s research interest at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science: organisations focusing too much on a sliver of the market, without aiming high. In line with the Laws of Growth research, brands should aim to maximise their physical availability (“making them easy to purchase”) and mental availability (“making them come to mind when consumers are ready to purchase”).
The image is also applicable to research at the University of South Australia more generally. Research findings are not limited to geography – they have the potential to fly and soar globally.

A green transport future A green transport future
A green transport future

Finalist: Callum Sleep, Masters by Research student, School of Natural and Built Environments

Image Title: A green transport future

The bulk handling of wheat, as depicted in this image, has brought about great gains in the efficiency of the freight industry and Callum’s work in transportation seeks to investigate ways to achieve a similar result in the passenger field.

Web of Fat Web of Fat
Web of Fat

Finalist: Dr Damien Sebben, Research Associate, Future Industries Institute

Image Title: Web of Fat

The image shows the results of one particular method used to attach fat crystals to a microscopically smooth mica surface forming a network of geometric patterns. Fat crystals are a fundamental component of all dairy systems, and their properties greatly affect the taste, texture, and shelf life of dairy products.

Cell Art Cell Art
Cell Art

Finalist: Dr Genevieve Secker, Research Fellow, Centre for Cancer Biology

Image Title: Cell Art

This is a repeated image of a skin cell called a fibroblast with its DNA and skeletal components highlighted. As it moves, it rearranges its skeleton, sending out protrusions that enable the fibroblast to pull itself along. Travelling through tissues, fibroblasts remodel their environment, influencing the function of other cells around them. Diseases such as cardiovascular disease, fibrosis, and cancer are associated with dysregulated fibroblast function.

Keep calm and carry on, amidst the hurricane of crystals Keep calm and carry on, amidst the hurricane of crystals
Keep calm and carry on, amidst the hurricane of crystals

Finalist: Dr George Y. Chen, Research Fellow, School of Engineering

Image Title: Keep calm and carry on, amidst the hurricane of crystals

This image shows the polished cross-section of femtosecond-laser inscribed optical waveguides (vertical column) in fluoride glass. In this particular case, the waveguides are surrounded by a dazzling display of crystals formed during glass fabrication. The image was acquired during the characterisation of glass chips for making compact waveguide lasers. The photographer works with femtosecond lasers to create a wide variety of structures for sensing and laser applications.

Resilience and Vulnerability Resilience and Vulnerability
Resilience and Vulnerability

Finalist: Jelina Haines, PhD Candidate, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences

Image Title: Resilience and Vulnerability

Resilience signifies as a social order of adaptation despite all adversity. This led to a search for many factors on what resilience means for the individual, family and the community in indigenous perspectives.
This image demonstrates the juxtaposition of resilience and vulnerability of oral tradition. It encapsulates a moment where the passing of knowledge through basket weaving acts as a resource of resilience for the younger generation to maintain traditional culture and practices. While ongoing concerns of the vulnerability of oral tradition persistently rely on Elder’s capability to pass on the knowledge before the full richness of it diminishes. The image epitomises knowledge as the fabric of community’s history, identity and culture. Woven through time to retain key elements of stories and inherent value to preserve its uniqueness for future generation.

Burp baby, burp Burp baby, burp
Burp baby, burp

Finalist: Jessica Begley, Bachelor of Midwifery, Health Sciences

Image Title: Burp baby, burp

This is eight-week old baby Noah. He is bottle fed as his mother tried breastfeeding but found she was uncertain that he was receiving enough milk. She discovered that he (and she) settled better with a bottle. Bottle fed versus breastfed is a conversation that midwives will have on an almost daily basis and is an area of ongoing research. What are the implications for the future health of babies who are bottle fed compared to those who are breastfed? Will breastfed babies be more intelligent, better behaved and have stronger immune systems? As researchers continue to explore the influence of diet and nutrition on the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies in the antenatal and postnatal periods, parents around the world will be equipped with the best possible knowledge on how to help their babies live a healthy life, right from their first burp.

Ascending from chaos Ascending from chaos
Ascending from chaos

Finalist: Kelly Ryan, PhD Candidate, School of Law

Image Title: Ascending from chaos

A child is trapped between light and darkness, unsure of her place between the two. The darkness represents trauma, neglect, abuse and the uncertainty of our flawed child protection systems. The light, however, represents the hope of safety, stability, permanence, love, and compassion in the future; whether that is through early family interventions or a stable, loving placement in out-of-home care.

Purple snowflakes Purple snowflakes
Purple snowflakes

Finalist: Koki Nakamura, Visiting Research Student, Future Industries Institute

Image Title: Purple snowflakes

This image demonstrates the investigation of the flow behaviour in pillar cuvettes to better understand the physical processes within this device. Pillar cuvettes enable the absorbance measurements of fluids with high absorptivity by reducing the path length (micrometer scale: 10-20). In this instance, potassium permanganate was used and crystallises at the end of the experiment.

The light of a fire The light of a fire
The light of a fire

Finalist: Maria Flor Gjerde, Student, Bachelor of Visual Arts

Image Title: The light of a fire

This image portrays how glass blowing is an inspirational form of art that is dependent on particular tools, techniques, and processes to create artistic pieces.

Closing the Gap - wound healing of a diabetic mouse Closing the Gap - wound healing of a diabetic mouse
Closing the Gap - wound healing of a diabetic mouse

Finalist: Natasha Pyne, Senior Technical Officer, Centre for Cancer Biology

Image Title: Closing the Gap - wound healing of a diabetic mouse

This wounded diabetic mouse has been treated with a compound that had been developed at the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) which has been found to improve healing by reducing the time it takes for skin to re-epithelialise (close over the wound). Chronic wounds are a serious problem in diabetic patients, often leading to severe and continuous infection, so finding a way to close over wounds more rapidly will greatly improve treatment for diabetic patients.
The red staining is Cytokeratin 14 which stains the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) which in this image is hyper proliferative (thickened) as the skin has closed over the wound site and healed. The cyan staining is pMYPT –a protein that indicates the upregulation of Rho-ROCK activation. ROCK is known to assist in wound healing by attracting proteins that encourage healing. The green staining is FSP1 which stains fibroblasts. Fibroblasts provide much of the structure of the dermal layer of skin (just under the top epidermal layer), and in this image, the high number of fibroblasts indicate active healing and restructuring of the skin is occurring. The blue staining is DAPI which stains the nucleus of cells.

Universal surveillance Universal surveillance
Universal surveillance

Finalist: Neville Cichon, Student, Bachelor of Visual Arts

Image Title: Universal surveillance

We are surrounded by digital camera lenses, but how many of us reflect upon this?
Smart phone, tablet, webcam, dashcam and in buses, shops and streets.
This photograph has puzzled viewers and has the potential to make people think about the all-pervasive surveillance that is expanding within our society and consider how widely it may spread.
Neville’s research interest relates to abstract photography and the impact it can have on the viewer. He has been exploring various ways of creating abstract photographs and reviewing the depth of engagement that can be achieved by an image. This has been motivated by an awareness of popular image consumption trends that see us flip, swipe and scroll at breakneck speed. Is abstract photography an approach that can grab people’s attention and even potentially support the communication of a social issue?

Cleaning Up Colours of Chemistry Cleaning Up Colours of Chemistry
Cleaning Up Colours of Chemistry

Finalist: Scott McCormick, PhD Candidate, Future Industries Institute

Image Title: Cleaning Up Colours of Chemistry

This image demonstrates the chaotic aftermath of many researchers’ experiments – however, always ensure you leave the lab as clean and tidy as you found it!

Beautiful delamination Beautiful delamination
Beautiful delamination

Finalist: Dr Thomas Michl, Research Associate, Future Industries Institute

Image Title: Beautiful delamination

The aim of Thomas’ research project is to graft thin polymer coatings from surfaces that kill pathogenic fungi, and one of the conducted tests is a "live/dead" stain which is green/red in colour. In this instance, the coatings delaminated, which means they failed to perform. However, the delaminated coatings yielded beautiful images instead.

Honeycomb microfilters Honeycomb microfilters
Honeycomb microfilters

Finalist: Vy Thi Hoang Nguyen, PhD Candidate, Future Industries Institute

Image Title: Honeycomb microfilters

This image shows an array of microfilters fabricated from a thin resin. The filter consists of two layers - one with small rod-shaped pores, the other with a honeycomb well shape. These filters are highly transparent and therefore are ideal for many microfluidic biomedical applications. In this case, the filter is used to enrich trophoblastic cells which are from a fetus and circulate in a mother’s blood stream during pregnancy. Having access to these fetal cells is important as they contain the fetuses genetic material which can be used as a non-invasive testing method, eliminating the risk of miscarriage associated with current invasive techniques. Once clinically validated, this isolation technology will provide a reliable source of fetal genetic materials that combined with advanced genetic assays will foster the development of a clinically relevant non-invasive prenatal diagnostic technology.

Mind control Mind control
Mind control

Finalist: Zarina Greenberg, PhD Candidate, Medical Science

Image Title: Mind control

This is an image of the hippocampus in the brain, with different types of interneurons (inhibitory neurons) stained. Zarina’s research focuses on the development of interneurons and how they form, migrate and get to this positioning within the brain. Interneurons are of particular interest to Zarina as they control the balance and functioning of the brain.

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