Graduate Photography Competition 2019
(Image credit: Marie Wong / Graduate Photography Competition)

Graduate Photography Competition

Your photographs help us to give our graduate applicants the unique opportunity to see Oxford the way you do.

The 2019 competition was open to all current graduate students at the University of Oxford and to alumni who completed a graduate course in the last ten years. We asked you to send your photos of life and work at Oxford for a chance to win one of two top prizes of £250 in Amazon vouchers and weekly prizes throughout the competition.

The 2019 winners have now been announced.

Karl Dudman (MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Governance)
Grand prize

Sheng Peng (DPhil History)
Grand prize

Ahmed Ahmed (Master of Public Policy)
Best Radcliffe Camera

Mary Hitchman (MSt), Ahmad el-Naggar (MBA), Oliver Tattersall (DPhil Astrophysics), Minjie Su (DPhil English)
Weekly winners

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Judging and prizes

For 2019, the prizes were as follows:

  • two grand prizes of £250 each in Amazon vouchers
  • four weekly prizes of £25 each in Amazon vouchers awarded throughout the competition.

Images are judged on their aesthetic quality, originality and adherence to the terms and conditions as set out on this page. The two grand prizes may each be awarded either to individual entries or to sets of images by a single photographer. We will be joined by guest judges throughout the competition who will be announced on Instagram. 

Prize winners will be contacted via email and publicly announced on social media channels, including Graduate Study at Oxford (@oxfordgradstudy) on Instagram.

Further terms and conditions

Image quality

Photographs should be of high quality and in full colour, submitted in the largest size available.

Entries should not display frames, text or watermarks.

Digital adjustments (eg to tone, contrast, cropping etc.) are permitted, provided that the scene depicted remains realistic and representative of life at Oxford.

Authorship and copyright

All images must be your own work and you must be the sole owner of the entire copyright on 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) for the purposes outlined below. You retain the copyright in your image(s).

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

  1. publication in print and digital materials promoting graduate study at the University of Oxford;
  2. publication on the Graduate section of the University of Oxford website,;
  3. promotion of graduate study at the University of Oxford and of the Graduate Photography Competition itself in any other media, including the press.

All photographs will be fully credited to the photographer in a format suitable to the medium wherever this is feasible, 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 and to be able to provide proof of this if required.

Legal and safe conduct

Entries that depict or were obtained by contravention of the law and/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. 

2018 Graduate Photography competition winners

A record number of entries were received for the 2018 competition, now in its seventh year, and the standard was exceptionally high.

The Grand Prize were awarded to Elizabeth Nyikos (DPhil Music) and Marie Wong (Synthesis for Biology and Medicine EPSRC CDT). The Judges' Choice prize was awarded by Instagrammers Oxford (@IgersOxford) to Ashley Tsai (MSc by Research in Chemical Biology).

The competition was open to all current graduate students at the University of Oxford, including graduate Visiting Students and recent alumni. Images were judged on their aesthetic quality, originality and adherence to the terms and conditions of the competition.

More from the 2018 Graduate Photography Competition

You can see our weekly winners and more student photographs of the University on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels, Graduate Study at Oxford.