Visualise Your Thesis Competition

Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) is an exciting competition that challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second digital display.

VYT is a great opportunity for you to develop your visual communication skills and learn how to communicate your research, with impact, for a non-academic audience. Entries will be judged on their visual impact and how well the content conveys the research.

2022 Competition


The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending.

Competitors must agree to their entry being displayed on the University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis website (winning entry only) and on La Trobe University websites and media.


  • First Prize: $1000
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Popular Vote: $250  

The winning entry (first place) will represent La Trobe University in the 2022 Visualise Your Thesis International Competition, which will be held online.

The rules

  • You must use the supplied PowerPoint template to create your video
  • No separate media files or links to online content (all media is embedded in the PowerPoint file)
  • Your video must not exceed 60 seconds, except for the title and reference slides
  • Your video has an absolute maximum file size of 100MB (take this into account when including graphics and sound)
  • You must include references for any resources used to create your video
  • Media, including images, audio and video files, must comply with the competition’s copyright rules
  • Late submissions will not be accepted
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final

How to participate

Contact Library Community Programs & Engagement for your competition pack.

Attend the sessions and when you are ready, send your completed video to Library Community Programs & Engagement by 5pm Friday 5 August.

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged against the following criteria:




  • Does the video help the audience understand the research presented?
  • Is the research communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Is the video free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
  • Does the video leave you inspired and curious?


  • Is the video engaging and creative?
  • Is it visually striking and memorable?
  • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
  • Does the video want to make you find out more about this kind of research?
  • If music/sound was used (optional), did this contribute to the impact of the presentation and was in keeping with its mood and style?

Support and coaching

Presenting information in a short and effective way is a useful skill for graduate researchers. The Library and RED team have provided a range of supports helping candidates prepare, including:


Date & Time



How to tell a story with your research

In this one hour workshop, learn how to find the story in your research and find the right way to explain your work and its impact so that any audience will not only understand your work, but become invested in your research.

22 June 10 am – 11 am

Online Zoom link

Understanding copyright and using audio and visual elements to increase your impact

In this one hour workshop, you’ll gain the skills necessary to understand how copyright works and how to choose images, audio and other resources that are copyright-compliant for your Visualise Your Thesis entry. You’ll also learn the basics of audio and visual design and how you can use them to increase your impact and make your presentation more engaging for your audience.

29 June
10 am – 11 am
Online Zoom link
Visualise Your Thesis - Drop-in help session 8 July
2 pm – 3 pm
Online Zoom link
Visualise Your Thesis - Drop-in help session 20 July
2 pm – 3 pm
Online Zoom link

If you want some inspiration for this year's competition, have a look at the Visualise Your Thesis figshare site (, which features winning entries from local competitions held at Australian and international universities.

You can also view all 2020 La Trobe competition entries and past entries.

More information

For more information, contact the Library Community Engagement Team.

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