Photographic look behind the scenes

Putting research in Upper Austria on stage in a creative and vivid way. This is the goal of the Photo Challenge 2019, initiated by the Upper Austrian Research GmbH in cooperation with the Federation of Austrian Industries and the renowned Prague Photo School.

The photos by artist Elisabeth Mandl win the "Digitalization" theme.

Three photographers took on the challenge of capturing impressions in the research fields of "Digitization", "Industrial Production" and "Mobility & Logistics" that give space to the individual, the researcher, in dealing with technology and thereby reflect upon both scientific work and skills in an aesthetic way. All the series created in the course of the Photo Challenge provide exciting insights and are inspiring.


From MEDUSA's point of view, we are very happy about the award in the field of "Digitalization". Elisabeth Mandl's photo series "Simulation System for Neurosurgeons", in which she accompanied the planning and implementation of a highly complex procedure, convinced the jury. The highlighted image shows Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gruber surrounded by nature, calm and concentrated preparing for the operation. Meanwhile noticeably absent: any form of technology. It is the human being who is breaking new ground, learning, perfecting.

Award ceremony at the Palais Kaufmännischer Verein in Linz, photo credit: Cityfoto/Roland Pelzl.

The awards ceremony took place on September 30, 2019 at the Palais Kaufmännischer Verein in Linz, as part of the "Upper Austrian Future Forum 2019". The awards were presented by Governor Mag. Thomas Stelzer and Regional Economic Councillor Markus Achleitner.

The award winner

She has been working in Vienna as an independent photographer since 2018: Elisabeth Mandl, a graduate of the Prague Photo School from 2014 to 2018, shows an intimate look behind the scenes in her work. Before becoming self-employed, she studied English and worked as a "Strategy and Communication Advisor" for SOS Kinderdorf. You can see an excerpt of her work at

Photos on this page: Elisabeth Mandl, Cityfoto (event photography award ceremony).