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The votes are in

Here are the winners of the MindMint Image Contest 2022!

From the 21st of March onwards, PhDs of the University of Groningen were able to send in their images to the annual MindMint Image Contest. The MindMint team received seven creative submissions and was excited to see a lot of diversity in formats: from chemistry experiments to digitally enhanced pictures, and from drawings to high resolution photographs.

Between May 16th and May 30th, the jury members picked their top three, and the audience picked their top-favourite.

The votes have been counted; the winners are:

  1. Lara Bister - Torn between two opposites: the beaty and the tragedy of obtaining a PhD.

  2. Annemarie Maan - Great beaty is found in little things

  3. Jane Kardyla - Chemistry Waves

And the audience award goes to: Arida Fitriana Yasmin - Jakarta/Batavia: A trip to the past.


The winner of the 1st place gets to take a professional photography workshop with Robert van der Molen, and all winners receive a beautifully printed version of their image on dibond from the Fotofabriek, which will be a fun keepsake of their PhDs.

Below, you can find all submissions and some of the very kind and useful feedback statements that the jury-members provided.


Torn between two opposites: the beauty and the tragedy of obtaining a PhD - Lara Bister

Description: The photo shows a colourful flower field in the centre and the blurry outline of a central business district in the background. I aimed to symbolise mixed feelings about academia of being a harsh, competitive but also creative and stimulating environment at the same time.

"We like how this image conveys both feelings of beauty/calmness and of greyness/harshness. We think it very well matches the description proposed and PhD life in general, with its joys and difficulties." (Gopher Board)

"A picture that shows two worlds. The importance of the environment is well stated. Good use of the lens, large aperture so there’s a nice background of unsharp shapes. The cool blue and the warm red is also well shot." (Robert van der Molen, professional photographer)


Great beauty is found in little things - Annemarie Maan

Description: We all dream about something we cannot do. Being able to fly, or walk on water. It's not in our nature. But what if we could learn from nature? Learn how to glide on water like water striders and fly gracefully like dragonflies? Cheating has never felt this satisfying.

"Eye-catching image and caption. It gives us the opportunity to see something we do not normally see." (Gopher Board)

"A wonderful abstraction that has actually two pictures in one. Nice handling of light and structures. Presented as a piece of art." (Robert van der Molen, professional photographer)

"The image holds a retro vibe coupled with an innovative look." (Mohammad Khoonkari, 1st place winner of 2021)


Chemistry Waves - Jane Kardula

Description: Chemists synthesize new compounds on a daily basis. When they are solids, they have different shapes and forms. One of the nice aspects of being a chemist is that these compounds can always surprise you with their shape; reminding you that nature has its own way of doing things.

"The image perfectly combines science with art and one can look at it with many different perspectives." (Mohammad Khoonkari, 1st place winner of 2021)

AUDIENCE AWARD: 104 out of 330 votes!

Jakarta/Batavia: A trip to the past - Arida Fitriana Yasmin

Description: There is always something poetic about a train journey. But can you imagine how the railway has vastly influenced the transformation of our historic urban landscape? My PhD project highlights the impact of railway development on architecture and town planning discipline in one of the Dutch former colonies, Indonesia, and how the heritage of this nineteenth-century engineering breakthrough remains to be explored today.

"Very interesting contraposition between bike/train usage, present, and past, also beautifully painted." (Gopher Board)

"The minimalistic vibe of the image represents the simplicity of a culture coupled with complexity." (Mohammad Khoonkari, 1st place winner of 2021)


Of course you can help me paint! - Hanneke Siebe

Description: In my PhD I use the sap of acacia trees to make a sustainable and safe paint, one that is kid and pet-friendly ☺ The “painted” image shows the circularity of our design: a tree is painted on the wall using tree-derived paint.

"We loved how the image shows both the topic of your PhD as well as using that same topic to be reflected in the texture and story of the image. Very creative." (The MindMint Editorial Committee 2022)

Making peace with our own internal chaos - Katarina D. Andini


For nine years now, I tried connecting the dots between various deranged genes and pathways to understand cancer. With current focus on hereditary cancer, I begin to see that cancer is truly a genetic disease. Understanding and fighting it means trying to make peace with a chaotic force within ourselves - our own gene.

"The picture has a good composition. In a busy environment the position of the photographer is good. All the different objects are in place and make a connection with each other." (Robert van der Molen, professional photographer)

Photo Negative of Climate-Induced Conflicts - by Tanja van Hummel

Description: This picture of peace, a forest and water is the opposite of climate-induced conflicts caused by deforestation and a shortage of water.

"We loved how you captured three elements in one picture that produce the antidote to your PhD topic. Once you go to Kenya, we would love to see a picture that captures the reality of climate-induced conflicts caused by deforestation and a shortage of water!"(The MindMint Editorial Committee 2022)


Are you also interested in photography? You can now sign up for our Creative Photography Workshop on the 16th of June!


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