Sustainability Photographer of the year award 2020

Following the success of past years, we are delighted to announce that the Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition is now open! We would like to know what sustainability means to you as an individual during these challenging times. 

This is an opportunity for you to exhibit your skill, gain recognition, and play a significant role: connecting individuals and day-to-day Oxford life with sustainability. You have the chance to be crowned ‘Sustainability Photographer of the Year 2020’, receive a large print of your winning image, and two runners up will also receive smaller copies of theirs.

All students and staff of the University are invited to enter the competition. The criteria applied by the judging panel in determining the winner and runners-up will be the aesthetic quality of the image, its ability to bring the theme to life, an Oxford focus to issues of global significance, and adherence to the aims as described both in this guidance document and online. 

This year's theme focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic from a perspective of sustainability:

  • Hope after COVID
  • Build back better
  • The new green
  • Work from hope
  • Embrace the change

We are happy to accept interpretations inspired by the central theme.

All you need to know

To submit your photo click on the submit button below. 

SUBMIT

Please ensure you read and agree to the terms and conditions before submitting. If you have any problems with submitting your photos, please email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk for assistance. 

 

 

Any current staff member or student from the University of Oxford with a valid ID card can enter.

Judging and prizes

The criteria applied by the judging panel in determining the winner and runners up will be the aesthetic quality of the image, its ability to bring sustainability to life, an Oxford and/or Oxford University focus to issues of global significance, and adherence to the aims as described in the guidance on this page.

For all prizes the judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence may be entered into. If the winner cannot be contacted, the University of Oxford reserves the right to offer the prize to another shortlisted entry. If the prize is not collected within six months, or within an agreed timeframe between the winner and the University of Oxford, the University of Oxford is not required to provide the prize to that individual.

How are the winners announced?

The winners and runners up will be contacted via email in July 2020 and then publicly announced on the Environmental Sustainability web site and through other media as available.

Will you use information in my application for publicity purposes?

Please note that by submitting an application you agree for your submission to be used by the University in publicity materials both in print and online. If we do use your image, we will credit you as the photographer wherever this is feasible.

  • Submit your photos by Friday 10 July 2020
  • You can submit up to 5 photographs to this competition by re-submitting the form for each photograph. Before submitting your application ensure you understand and have met the terms and conditions outlined on this page.
  • All photographs must be submitted digitally as JPEGs; We will also accept GIFs. 
  • No borders, watermarks or signatures should be included.
  • The pictures can have been taken at any time.
  • Include your surname within the image file name.
  • If you have submitted a photograph of an individual or a group in a private setting, you must have obtained the person's prior consent for the use of that photograph in accordance with this competition. 
  • If you have persons who are identifiable in your photo you may be asked to demonstrate appropriate consent has been gained.
  • All submitted entries must be the work of the individual submitting them and the entrant should hold sole copyright.
  • The winner and two runners up might be presented at an Environmental Sustainability event. The winning and running up photographs might be displayed at Environmental Sustainability event.
  • All images must be the original work of the entrant. The entrant must be the sole owner of the entire sole copyright for all images entered. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure compliance with this requirement. If you have submitted a photograph of an individual or a group in a private setting, you must have obtained the person's prior consent for the use of that photograph in accordance with the rules of this competition. Entrants must ensure that they have the consent of any subjects of their photograph(s) before entering the competition.
  • By entering, entrants 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 there is reason to believe that an entrant has breached the rules. 
  • By entering the competition you agree to your name, biographical information (specifically your name and Faculty/Department) and submitted image(s) being used by the University of Oxford for the following purposes: (i) publication in print materials, (ii) publication online; and (iii) promotion of the University of Oxford in any other media.
  • By entering the competition you grant the University of Oxford a non-exclusive licence to use your image(s). You retain the copyright for your image(s).
  • Photographs may be removed from the competition if it is felt that it does not meet these requirements.

 

 

Highly Commended Entries 2019

The radcliffe camera surrounded by stars

'The radcliffe camera surrounded by stars' by Mihnea Dumitrascu, Runner-Up in the Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019.

The Thames with trees and beautiful light

‘A Journey along the Thames’, Mihnea Dumitrascu

Bee flying away from purple flower

‘Bee Flying Away’, Vikki Rose

Bee flying away, Vikki Rose 

Sand dunes set against a blue sky

‘A Line in the Sand’, Karl Dudman

Karl Dudman, 'A Line in the Sand'

 

Get in touch


+44 (0) 1865 6 14605

sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk