Graduate Photography Competition 2018 | University of Oxford
View down the high street
Looking down the High Street
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Graduate Photography Competition

Have you been inspired by your surroundings whilst studying at Oxford? Are you a keen photographer?

If you’re a current or recent graduate student, send us your photos of life and work at Oxford for a chance to win one of two top prizes of £200 in Amazon vouchers, a Judges’ Choice prize of £50 and weekly prizes throughout the competition. 

Show us your favourite views, your working spaces and your community here at the University. Your photos help us to give our graduate applicants the unique opportunity to see Oxford the way you do.

How to enter

You can enter online up until the closing date on Thursday 15 March 2018:

Enter the competition The competition has now closed.

There is no formal limit on the number of photographs you can submit as your entry. You are welcome to submit a single photograph or a much larger set, depending on how many of your photographs you feel best represent your skills as a photographers and experience as a student. Previous winners have submitted up to 20-25 images.


The competition is open to all current graduate students at the University of Oxford, including graduate Visiting Students, and recent alumni who have completed a graduate course within the last ten years. 

Judging and prizes

For 2018, the prizes will be as follows:

  • two top prizes of £200 each in Amazon vouchers
  • one Judges’ Choice prize of £50 in Amazon vouchers
  • four weekly prizes of £25 each in Amazon vouchers awarded throughout the competition.

This year we will be joined by moderators from Instagrammers Oxford (@IgersOxford) in selecting the grand prize and Judges' Choice winners. 

Images will be judged on their aesthetic quality, originality and adherence to the terms and conditions as set out on this page. Each top prize of £200 may be awarded for either an individual entry or a set of images by a single photographer. 

Prize winners will be contacted via email and publicly announced on graduate study Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

Further terms and conditions

Image quality

Photographs should be of high visual quality and in full colour. Images should not be digitally manipulated beyond cropping and tone/lighting enhancements, and should not display frames, text or watermarks. Ideally, the resolution of submitted photographs should be at least 300dpi at A4.

Authorship and copyright

All images must be your own work and you must be the sole owner of the entire copyright in all images entered. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with this requirement.

By entering, you will be deemed to be bound by the rules and the University of Oxford reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time if it has reason to believe that an entrant has breached the rules.

By entering the competition you grant the University of Oxford a non-exclusive licence to use your image(s). You retain the copyright in your image(s).

By entering the competition you agree to the use of your submitted image(s), along with your name and course, by the University of Oxford for the following purposes:

  1. publication in print materials promoting graduate study at the University of Oxford;
  2. publication on;
  3. promotion of graduate study at the University of Oxford in any other media; and
  4. promotion of the competition in future years.

All photographs will be fully credited to the photographer wherever it is feasible to do so (in the judgement of the Graduate Admissions Office).

If you have submitted a photograph of an individual or a group in a private setting, you must have obtained the prior consent of all recognisable individuals for the use of that photograph in accordance with this competition.

Legality and safety

Entries that depict or were obtained by contravention of the law or of University regulations and policies may be disqualified.

Judging and prizes

For all prizes, the judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. If a winner cannot be contacted, the University of Oxford reserves the right to offer the prize to another shortlisted entry. Additional prizes may be awarded and/or prizes may be shared at judges' discretion.