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Photography Competition

Breaking Stereotypes in Mathematical Science

All undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Leeds are invited to submit a picture to enter the competition and get the chance to win £100 and £50 in Amazon vouchers!


TOPIC: Breaking Stereotypes in Mathematical Science
PRIZE: 1st – £100 Amazon voucher; 2nd – £50 Amazon Voucher
DEADLINE: Friday 22nd September 2017, 5pm UK time
JUDGING PANEL: Dominic Hopkinson (Artist in residence, School of Mathematics) and Dr Elena Issoglio (Lecturer in Financial Mathematics)
JUDGING CRITERIA: ambition, creativity, originality, quality of photograph, interpretation of topic
RESOLUTION: the picture resolution should be appropriate to be printed in A3 [e.g. 300 dpi (dots per inch) @ 4961 x 3605 pixels]

Before entering the competition, please make sure you adhere to the following terms and conditions:

  • You must be a student at the University of Leeds to enter.
  • You may only submit images you produced yourself.
  • You may submit up to 3 images (but you can win only one prize).
  • You must make sure all those who feature in the photo are happy to be part of the image.
  • By submitting an image, you are giving the School of Mathematics permission to use it for publicity, for example as website content, displays, posters, etc.


  • 1st Prize
    Name: Hazel Ndlovu
    Title of the photo: The 1%
    Description: looking at  our peers around us, it seemed clear that we , as black females, are not the stereotypical mathematics student. This picture that we put together is a way to bring this issue forward and remind other black females that maths is for everyone.
  • 2nd Prize
    Name: Nikita Merkulov
    Title of the photo: Under the correct assumptions
    Description: The lady shall prove you that "3+1=4" is an example of narrow thinking!
  • 3rd Prize
    Name: Giorgio Taverna
    Title of the photo: Human intellect rising to the truth through faith and reason
    Description: Faith and science and particularly maths are often perceived as rivals or even enemies. With this picture I show that it might not be the case
  • 4th Prize
    Name: Milette Riis
    Title of the photo: Automorphisms of Graphs in Colour
    Description: Presenting some of my own results on a special type of graph at my supervisor’s 70th birthday conference (John Truss, right). I used both colour and animations as visual elements to make the slides more comprehensible. Breaking the stereotype that women need to structure talks in the same way that men traditionally have in order to be taken seriously.
  • 5th Prize
    Name: Alessandro Balata
    Title of the photo:" Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion" Democritus.
    Description: We always assume the world is a continuum, but we should take the time to observe nature and reconsider our opinions