Reflections of Research - deadline extended

BHF’s Reflections of Research image competition is back for 2019. We’re calling for entries of your most striking and engaging research images.

Reflections of research winner 2015/16 Shows blood flow through the heart'Go with the flow' from Dr Victoria Stoll, University of Oxford was the winning image for 2015/16. It shows the blood flow through the hearts major chambers and vessels.

Our annual competition brings to life the cutting-edge work of our heart and circulatory researchers across the UK.

The most engaging, exciting and creative image is awarded the British Heart Foundation’s Reflection of Research 2019 Judges' Winner by our panel of judges. The panel will also decide on a runner-up, and our Facebook supporters pick the People’s Favourite.

This year’s winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.

To enter, please complete the entry form below, along with your image, and send it to

When filling out the form, make sure you tell us what your image shows and why it is important to research. Get your creative juices flowing – feel free to edit your image. What’s also important is that your image is in high resolution. All details are in the form.

The deadline has been extended and final entries will be accepted at midnight on Sunday the 2nd of June 2019, with the winners announced in August.

Download an entry form

Last Year's Winners

For some creative inspiration, take a look at the amazing artwork from last year’s winners and shortlist. 

Explosive beginnings - Courtney Williams, University of Leeds (judges’ winner) 


The 2018 winner, ‘Explosive beginnings’ by Courtney Williams, a Master’s and PhD student from the University of Leeds, shows a close-up snapshot of hundreds of endothelial cells – the cells which line all blood vessels – growing on the surface of a bead. They’re in the process of ‘sprouting’ which is the first step in the formation of new blood vessels.

Courtney’s lab group is developing new ways to map the growth of new blood vessels within their surrounding landscape in 3D. Understanding the complex secrets of blood vessel formation, and how it’s influenced by the surrounding environment, could be harnessed to boost the regrowth of damaged blood vessels after a heart attack, and halt blood vessel growth when it’s counterproductive.

Subarachnoid vessels - Matt MacGregor Sharp, University of Southampton (runner-up)

The runner-up was awarded to the image ‘Subarachnoid vessels’ by Matt MacGregor Sharp, a PhD student at the University of Southampton. The super-high resolution image taken using a powerful scanning electron microscope shows a normal artery at the surface of the brain in stunning detail. Sitting above the brown brain tissue, the artery appears blue, and its surrounding layer, the pia mater, is shown in purple.

These ‘subarachnoid vessels’ supply blood to the brain and also act like a drain to remove toxic waste products. Matt’s team are trying to show that failure to remove waste by these vessels is one of the underlying causes of vascular dementia. 

A snapshot of platelet production - Abdullah Obaid Khan, University of Birmingham (supporter’s favourite)

A glittering image from Abdullah Obaid Khan, a PhD student at the University of Birmingham was voted the supporter’s favourite. The snap shows platelets forming within the bone marrow. Platelets are the smallest of our circulating blood cells and they play a critical role in the formation of blood clots. Blot clots are life-savers when we’re injured, preventing us from losing too much blood. However, if blood clots form unnecessarily inside blood vessels, they can lead to a potentially deadly heart attack or stroke.

View the 2018 shortlist

Previous winners

The competition has been running since 2005. See the spectacular images our scientists have previously entered into our Reflections of Research competition.