2019 sees our first full 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.


Congratulations to all of the participants of the 2019 International Visualise Your Thesis competition. The judges had a difficult task, with one commenting:  "all so effective, but also so different in style and execution!"

All finalists’ works were added to the Visualise Your Thesis figshare repository where the public can watch and download the creative commons licenced videos, and the creators can gain insights into their impact through altmetrics tracking.

The winners were announced on Tuesday 22 October at the eResearch Australasia conference in Brisbane.

  • 1st  prize. Annaclaire McDonald. University of Technology Sydney. Fantastic Metals & Where to Phyt Them

    “This is an instantly appealing song & video whose ideas stick in your brain long after watching it. It's charming and silly, and communicates a serious topic really effectively. The video is nicely edited to fit the music, and combines photos, text, animation, music & video into a cohesive whole” [VYT 2019 Judge]

  • 2nd  prize. Donovan Garcia-Ceron. La Trobe University.  Exploring Extracellular Vesicles From Plant Fungal Pathogens.

    "The beautiful, playful use of visual and audio texture really wrapped me up in the story, and reminded me that this was about a living system, not just data. The video uses the flexibility of physical stop-motion animation to make different scales tangible, and put microscopy and other scientific techniques in context, in an effective and creative way. A lot of time, effort and love has gone into this one :)" [VYT 2019 Judge]
  • 3rd prize. Carmen Glanville. University of Melbourne. Protecting Pets by Changing People.

  • “This a powerful and compact piece of storytelling. The opening is almost cinematic and immediately draws you in. Then you manage to explain the details of your project clearly using some well thought out animations and a minimum of text.” [VYT 2019 Judge]


Prizes for the 2019 VYT International Competition:

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

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)


Inaugural International Visualise Your Thesis Competition (online)

Announcement at eResearch Australasia 22 October 2019.

View the Finalists Showcase on our figshare site.


Our 2019 VYT International Competition Judges are:

Photo of Ginny

Professor Ginny Barbour Director, Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) and Professor at Queensland University of Technology

Photo of TimAssoc. Professor Tim Sherratt Digital Heritage. Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra.

Photo of SamSam Muirhead Open source activist, animator and technologist, 2018/19 Mozilla Fellow.

Read more about the judges here!

2019 Sponsors

The 2019 International Visualise Your Thesis competition showcase is powered by figshare.

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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.