Visualise Your Thesis Competition

The Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) Competition 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.

2021 Competition

The 2021 VYT Competition is now closed.

2021 Winners

Congratulations to Hannah Petocz who took out first place in La Trobe’s 2021 Visualise your thesis competition for her entry, 'Wondering If I was the Problem' : Exploring the Perpetuation and Impact of Dating Violence on young Australian Women.

The second place went to Judy Hughes from the department of Archaeology and History with her entry Identity & activism: The 1980 Australian Journalists Strike.

Taking out the People's Choice award was Emmanouela Giannoulidou with her entry  The"Third side" of Civil War: in Niko Kazantzakis' The Fratricides and Manuel Chaves Nogales' A Sangre y Fuego: Heroes, Bestias Y Martires de Espana


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.

Competitors must agree to having 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 2021 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 for your competition pack.

Attend the sessions and when you are ready send your completed video to

VYT entries close on Monday 2 August, 5:00 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time - AEST)

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Does the entry provide an understanding of the research question being addressed, its significance, and potential impact?
  • Is the research communicated in a format and uses language appropriate for non-specialist audiences?
  • Is the entry free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
  • Is the entry accessible to and respectful of diverse audiences?
  • Does the entry leave you inspired and curious?
  • Is the entry well designed, creative, innovative and engaging?
  • Is it visually striking and memorable?
  • Does it make best use of screen space available?
  • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
  • Were the timings, transitions and effects aligned to fit the 60 second timeframe?
Sound (optional)

If included,

  • If sound was used to convey information, was accessibility considered, e.g. by providing captions for voiceovers?
  • Did the music/sound contribute to the impact of the presentation?
  • Was the sound/music in keeping with the mood/style of the presentation?

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:

Past events

The basics of effective visual engagementOnlineBookings closed
Sharing your story: the how and why of communicating about your researchOnlineBookings closed
Find and Cite Public Domain and Open Access MaterialOnlineBookings closed
PowerPoint MasterclassOnlineBookings closed
Visualise Your Thesis Competiton: Technical WorkshopOnlineBookings closed
Visualise Your Thesis Drop in help sessions
To help with copyright and technical advice
OnlineBookings closed

If you want some inspiration for this year's competition, check out the Visualise Your Thesis showcase. You can also view a playlist of last year’s La Trobe competition entries.

More information

For more information, contact Katie Wiese

Keen to see more? Check out all other 2020 Visualise your Thesis entries.