Rules and prizes

Eligibility

Only University of Auckland research postgraduates who remain enrolled throughout the duration of Exposure are eligible to enter. If you are a research masters or doctoral student and you have submitted your thesis (including soft-bound), you are no longer eligible to enter Exposure.

Some faculties will hold faculty pre-competitions which are a pre-cursor to entry into Exposure. If you were unable to participate in the pre-comps, entry into Exposure may be granted under exceptional circumstances. This will be at the discretion of the Organising Committee and the School of Graduate Studies. For further information, email exposure@auckland.ac.nz.

To enter the competition, click the button below and complete the registration form.

Abstracts for entries

  • Each entry must be accompanied by a research abstract of 300 words or less.
  • Once you submit your abstract, your entry to the Exposure competition will be accepted on condition that it meets with the competition guidelines. You will be contacted with further instructions if there are any queries or concerns.
  • It is encouraged that you adhere to the word limit, as abstracts with word counts greater than 300 will not be automatically accepted into the competition.
  • The abstract will be published in the official Exposure programme.

Exposure competition categories

Poster Session

  • Posters must be printed by the participant in A1 size and we strongly suggest that they are laminated to protect them. Exposure will not be held responsible for any damage occurring to unlaminated posters. Participants are liable for the costs incurred for the printing and laminating.
  • Posters larger or smaller than A1 size will not be accepted into the Exposure competition.
  • Posters are to be static, no moving images with the help of a smartphone or tablet will be allowed. If your poster has moving parts or images please consider entering the Variety Showcase category.
  • Successful posters strike a balance between academic content, visualisation of research and appeal to a broad audience. The design of the poster must be the student’s own work.
  • Some faculties, such as Medical and Health Sciences and Science, will hold faculty pre-competitions which are a precursor to entry into Exposure. (Check with your department or supervisor). If you were unable to participate in the pre-comps, entry into Exposure may be granted under exceptional circumstances. This will be at the discretion of the Organising Committee and the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Electronic PDF versions of the posters must be submitted in advance 2 weeks before the Poster Session at the latest - the last day to submit poster pdfs is Monday 17 September.
  • Final printed posters to be exhibited need to be handed in 1 week before Poster Session - the last day to hand in posters is Monday 24 September.
  • The Organising Committee reserves the right to review your draft and ask you to modify the poster to ensure it meets University of Auckland research ethics guidelines and equity policy, and to preserve your intellectual property rights.

Oral Session

  • Oral Presentations are a 10-minute talk accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation of your research. It will be delivered to an audience and judging panel and will be followed by five minutes of questions.
  • Brief video clips (approximately 1 minute in length) will be allowed to be included in your presentation. Participants with longer video clips will be encouraged to participate in the Special Session.
  • Some faculties, such as Science, Arts and Medical and Health Sciences, will hold faculty pre-competitions which are a precursor to entry into Exposure (Check with your department or supervisor). If you were unable to participate in the pre-comps, entry into Exposure may be granted under exceptional circumstances. This will be at the discretion of the Organising Committee and the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Presentation Powerpoints or equivalent must be submitted in advance 1 week before the Oral Session prelims at the latest - the last day to submit Powerpoints is Monday 24 September.

Special Session

  • Special Session entrants will be given a total of 15 minutes in which to present their work, including a two-minute explanation of their research, and three minutes of questions by the judging panel.
  • Entries may include (but are not limited to) dance, architectural models, artworks, film or media presentations, music, software demonstrations, dramatic performances, robots, or any other creative interpretation of your research.
  • If your performance focuses around an oral presentation to a static image or PowerPoint then you are encouraged to enter the Oral category rather than the Special Session. Similarly, if your presentation focuses on a poster, you are encouraged to enter the Poster category.
  • Entrants must be available for the rehearsal the day before the performance. Following registration, entrants must provide details of technical/prop requirements.

Important information

  • We prefer you only enter one category and you can only enter each category once.
    lease note that the judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Judges are under no obligation to give feedback.
  • Please ensure that all aspects of your entry, including graphics, are your own work. If you use graphics/ information which are not your own, please check our copyright policies regarding third party usage.
  • Before including interviews or close-up photographs of identifiable people, you must have their written permission. You can download a Model Release Form from the Intranet.
  • We reserve the right to make the winning entries available worldwide on the University and PGSA websites, including the University of Auckland Youtube channel, with the entrant's consent.
  • We reserve the right to showcase entries publicly following Exposure (eg, by displaying the entries in public libraries). Where possible, we will retain entries for a month after Exposure to enable us to do this.
  • Please note that we endeavour to include all entries in Exposure. However, some may not be accepted due to space and/or time restrictions.
  • If you are selected for the poster finals, you will be notified about the arrangements.
    Printing and laminating. In many cases your faculty will pay for this to be done, so check with your faculty first. If not, the printing and costs related to this is your responsibility. It is not compulsory but it is advised, as we cannot take responsibility for damages.
  • Please note: we will not store posters beyond the end of the year.
  • There is only one size for the poster - A1

Prizes

Prizes for 2018 to be confirmed - watch this space!

Please note:

  • If fewer than 6 entries are received in a category, the Exposure Committee reserves the right to either cancel the category or to not award the full amount of cash prizes.
  • If there is a joint first-place in any category, the cash prize for first-place and second-place will be combined and shared equally between the joint winners. No second-place prize will be awarded.
  • If there is a joint second-place, the cash prize for second-place and third-place will be combined and shared equally between the joint second-place winners. No third-place will be awarded.
  • If there is a joint third-place, the joint winners will share the third-place cash prize equally.