Contest and Event Description

Welcome to the Annual Mahato Memorial Event Photo Contest Website!

The 4th Annual Mahato Memorial Event on December 5, 2013 was a great success!  The 2013 Mahato Fellowship was awarded to Manav Vohra (congrats!), our keynote speaker Sam Droege gave a fascinating talk titled Images, Insects, and Landscapes, and the 2013 Image Contest Winners were announced.  Afterwards, attendees enjoyed Indian cuisine provided by Raaga and got to view the updated Mahato Memorial Image Contest Gallery (on display in the CIEMAS atrium - Check it out!).

Thank you to all those who were able to join our celebration of Abajit Mahato.  Stay tuned for information on next year's event!

2014 Mahato Memorial Calendars are on sale NOW!

2014 Calendar Preview

These beautiful calendars feature the top 12 images from this year's contest. If you are interested in purchasing one (or more!), please contact Laila Roudsari ( The calendars cost $15 each; 100% of the profits will go towards future Mahato Memorial events. Thank you for your support!

Envisioning the Invisible

2013 Winner

The Envisioning the Invisible image contest is way to explore and explain our world. Though the skills honed across disciplines at Duke University are as diverse as the students who employ them, every field of study values students who have mastered the art of explaining dense research through visuals such as pictures and images. Images can stimulate interest in a novel concept or provide further insight into an established theory.

Join the elite group of researchers who have become visual gurus by submitting your greatest work to the Envisioning the Invisible image contest for display at the Mahato Memorial event and a chance to win one of four CASH PRIZES!

The Mahato Memorial event honors Abhijit Mahato, a former engineering graduate student who was tragically murdered on Friday, January 18, 2008. He valued activities that bridged the gaps between the science/engineering and social sciences/humanities disciplines, including sports, chess and photography. By holding this multi-disciplinary image contest, we hope to celebrate Abhijit's life by bringing together the graduate and professional community at Duke in a wonderful display of our talents and some friendly competition.