2020 sees the second International Visualise Your Thesis Competition, where the winners of local competitions – organized by national and international universities – will compete against each other in an online International Competition final.

2020 Competition winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 International Visualise Your Thesis competition, announced on Monday, 19 October, at the eResearch Australasia online conference.

Click the links below to view the winning presentations, and watch all 21 finalists’ entries here.

1st place - Kelly Wilson-Stewart, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), $5,000 AU

The judges said: From a simple, almost storybook opening we are taken on a clear explanatory arc to the heart of the problem - x-rays don’t behave in an orderly fashion as one might imagine – and onwards, to the accompaniment of a cannily-chosen soundtrack, to a restrained but effective emotional payoff – these are not storybook characters but real people – lending the project a sense of importance and relevance that is inescapable. The result? We WANT this project to succeed! Great communication and salesmanship for an important research project.

2nd place - Ané van der Walt, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), $2,000 AU

The judges said: This was just beautiful and was a well told and visually rich illustrated story itself about how to make a story. In addition, it explained well the cultural importance of the project and indeed how the atlas would have a life after the project ends.

3rd place - Maleen Jayasuriya, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), $1,000 AU

The judges said: This grabbed immediately with its humour, engaging character and a good story – which made all the judges laugh. But there was more than humour – a clever use of animation and a mix of graphics, succinctly explained a quite complex solution for very a real world problem.

Highly commended

The judges said: An elegant and lucid explanation of species recovery technology drawing on the easily-relatable analogy of data back-up. We appreciate immediately what the problem is and are led to an equally clear grasp of the proposed solution. Deceptively simple animation gains sophistication through a limited colour palette. The choice of a stylish and highly legible font completes the picture making for an excellent communication package.

The judges said: There was a great use of photos and images to explain the human and societal costs of waste. The editing of images and the soundtrack provided really good tension in the story, which led logically to the resolution described by the research project.

2020 Trending on VYT competition

Updated 19 October 2020: The entry with the most views as recorded on figshare between 12-19 October 2020: Chantelle Clarke, CQU, Supporting mental health for women with lipoedema through compassionate mind training.  Chantelle wins a VYT prize pack incl. a Kindle Prologue. (6"touch display 167 PPI. 4GB wifi).

The winner of the 2020 Trending on VYT competition will be the video with the most views as recorded in the 2020 figshare gallery. Downloads will not be used to determine the winner.

Views were counted from midnight, Monday 12th October (GMT), to 11:59pm on Sunday, 18 October (GMT). Make sure to check your local start and local end times so your view counts.

View the 2020 International Competition Entries


Prizes for the 2020 VYT International Competition:

  • First prize: AUD $5,000
  • Second prize: AUD $2,000
  • Third prize: AUD $1,000

2020 Participating Institutions


January - August 2020

Visualise Your Thesis heats held at individual universities worldwide. Winners of local Visualise Your Thesis heats entered into the International Visualise Your Thesis Competition (online).

September - October 2020

Inaugural International Visualise Your Thesis Competition (online)

19 October 2020

Visualise Your Thesis prize announcement at the Online eResearch Australasia Conference event.

2020 Judges

Professor Ginny Barbour

Director, Australasian Open Access Strategy Group

Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) and Professor at Queensland University of Technology

Graeme Base (Photo by Robyn Base)

Graeme Base

Author and Illustrator

Recipient of over thirty Australian and international publishing awards, and with global sales exceeding six million copies, Graeme has established himself as one of Australia's pre-eminent creators of imaginative works for children.

Professor Deb Verhoeven

Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics

Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Prior to this position Deb was the Associate Dean of Engagement at UTS.

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Sponsorship enquiries

Sponsorship enquiries are welcome at any time. Businesses interested in finding out more about sponsorship opportunities associated with the competition should email visualise-thesis@unimelb.edu.au for further information and a sponsorship prospectus.