Photo competition

Help us represent digital at Oxford

We want you to contribute images on teaching and learning with technology. You have the chance to win a £25 voucher for the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant every week and a grand prize, a £100 Amazon voucher.

We are looking for exciting and authentic photos capturing the innovative ways in which technologies are used all over the University of Oxford. Your photos will make it easier for us to adequately represent digital practices on our Digital Education website, blog and social media, mainly Twitter.

Entries are open to students, staff and everyone interested in photography.

Looking for ideas?

The following details may give you some inspiration for your photos, but are not meant to be exhaustive in any way:

  • Technologies may vary and can include anything from phones, laptops and other mobile devices, AR/VR glasses, smartboards, 3D printers and models to learning tools such as data visualisations, online learning like reading lists and other digital teaching practices.
  • Possible settings include lecture halls, seminar rooms, tutorials, cafés, libraries or any outdoor spaces around Oxford which are representative of student and academic life at the University.

How to enter

To enter the competition go to the Oxford Ideas platform (SSO required) and fill in the very short entry form. Please upload your image in the highest possible quality.

If you are not a member of the University but would still like to contribute an image, you can enter the competition by email.

By entering your photo you agree to a non-exclusive licence, meaning you can use your photos for purposes other than this competition and we do not claim exclusive rights. As the photographer, you need to make sure that all recognisable individuals in your image have agreed to your submission. You agree to this when you sign the Terms and Conditions.

Please join the fun

We want you to vote for the best photo by giving your favourite a thumbs up on the Oxford Ideas platform. Every Tuesday at 5pm, we announce the weekly winner based on the number of 'thumbs up'. Prizes will be awarded on the following days:

5 June - 12 June - 19 June - 26 June

Weekly prizes are waiting for you

Every week, you have the chance to win a £25 voucher for the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant. Weekly winners are chosen by the online community and This means the ealier you enter, the greater your chance to win.

Please note that the same photo is not eligible for two weekly prices. In case the same photo has the greatest number of likes in two weeks, the photo with the second highest number of likes will win.

A grand prize for the final winner

For the grand prize, a £100 Amazon voucher, all entries between 29 May and 3 July will be taken into consideration. Your entry will be judged based on aesthetic quality, originality and adherence to the terms and conditions of the competition.

All prize winners will be contacted via email and publicly announced on ACITOxford Twitter and the Digital Education website.

The competition closes 3 July 2018.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions concerning the competition.


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. The maximum size is 5MB. 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 on;

2. promotion of all Academic IT-related activities at the University of Oxford in any other media; and

3. publication in print materials promoting teaching and learning with technology at the University of Oxford.

All photographs will be fully credited to the photographer wherever it is feasible to do so.

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.

These are the kind of photos we are looking for:

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Image by Helena Lopes via Pexels.

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Image by Xavier Laurent. 

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Image by Xavier Laurent.

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Image by Phil Brooks.


And to make it easier for you we're not really looking for...  

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Image by Bruce Mars via Pexels.

A person writing in a notebook while looking at mobile phone

Image by Nguyen Nguyen via Pexels.

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Image by via Pexels.