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Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Science reveals the winners of its second graduate research photo contest

The ‘Capture your research in a snap!’ competition jury rewarded the top three entries, gave three honourable mentions and a new Alumni Choice award
December 7, 2023
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‘Hither to Northumbria’ by Scott Royle Scott Royle: “This is a photo taken from a beach in Newfoundland looking out upon the incoming fog of the mighty Atlantic. Across that ocean lay the literal subjects of my research, long since buried.” | ‘Hither to Northumbria’ by Scott Royle, first place and Alumni Choice award winner

On November 30th, at the Dean’s Awards for Excellence ceremony, the Faculty of Arts and Science proudly announced the winners of its second Graduate Research Photo Contest.  

Dubbed "Capture your research in a snap!", the competition garnered submissions from graduate students spanning a wide array of disciplines, once again this year. 

FAS Dean Pascale Sicotte expressed the motivation behind the initiative: "We aim to discover a creative avenue to showcase and applaud the diverse, innovative, and thought-provoking research conducted by our graduate students in the fields of Science, Social Sciences and Humanities." 

“Once again this year, entries flooded the contest,” reports Francesca Scala, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies. “The distinguished jury had a difficult task in selecting the top three winners.” 

Each of the winners were awarded cash prizes of $500, $300, and $100, respectively. Additionally, the judges acknowledged three honorable mentions. A new category was also created this year: the Alumni Choice award. 

The first-place winner Scott Royle, from the Department of English, submitted ‘Hither to Northumbria’.   

“What I study are the miracle stories of Anglo-Saxon hagiographers, many of which were inherited from their Irish brethren,” explains Royle. “Plenty of these miraculous stories involving mighty storms, prosperous winds, and fortuitous ships take place on that same, cold, North Atlantic Sea toward which my camera was pointed on a calm, warm, sunny – the type of day in Newfoundland which is, in itself, something of a miracle.”

‘Feed Me!’, by Cloe Cull Cloe Cull: “All summer, I spent hours and hours of searching for bird nests and following them as they progressed. I love Yellow Warbler nests because they are lined with fluff. It seems like such a cozy place to be curled up in.” | ‘Feed Me!’, by Cloe Cull, second place

Cloe Cull, from the Department of Biology, won second place with ‘Feed Me!’, which is an image of Yellow Warbler nestlings. “They are the ugliest but cutest little birds ever,” says Cull. “I study bird nesting success in urban parks and the impacts that human recreation may have on their success. I love this particular picture because it feels like you get a view into one of nature’s most vulnerable moments.  
 

New category: Alumni Choice award 

Last year, our photo contest received such a great response from the graduate students and faculty that we decided to create the Alumni Choice award selected by a jury of dedicated Concordia alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Science. The jury independently selected the same photo that won first place, ‘Hither to Northumbria’ by Scott Royle.

Dean Pascale Sicotte and Francesca Scala thanked the jury for their time and commitment: Livia Tortella, CEO, Founder of Black Box (BA Communication Studies, 91), Nastaran Dibai, Executive Producer - Resident Alien at Universal Content Productions/Amblin (BA Communication Studies, 83), Sherin Al-Safadi, Vice President Medical & Corporate Affairs at Radiopharm Theranostrics (MBA, 10 and PhD Biology, 14), Geoffry Nesbitt, CTO at Verditeck (MSc Chemistry and Biochemistry, 84), Alan B. Handel, President at Handel Productions (BA Economics, 71), Karen Macdonald, News Director/Station Manager at Global Montreal (BA Communication Studies, 82).  

 

A complete list of winning entries

First place

‘Hither to Northumbria’, by Scott Royle, Department of English 

Second place

‘Feed Me!’, by Cloe Cull, Department of Biology

Third place 

‘Beautiful but Deadly!’, by Prerna Singh, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ‘Beautiful but Deadly!’, by Prerna Singh, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Honourable mentions

‘Using remote sensing to capture biodiversity’, by Jennifer Donnini, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment ‘Using remote sensing to capture biodiversity’, by Jennifer Donnini, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
‘Waiting Covid-19 Out’, by Arturo Equivel, Department of Sociology and Anthropology ‘Waiting Covid-19 Out’, by Arturo Equivel, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
'A crystal with excellent parenting skills’, by Victor Felipe Novo, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 'A crystal with excellent parenting skills’, by Victor Felipe Novo, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Alumni Choice award

 ‘Hither to Northumbria’, by Scott Royle, Department of English 
 

 

 

See all submissions in the Fall 2023 Grad Photo Competition Flickr album.

Learn more about graduate research at Concordia's Faculty of Arts and Science. 



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