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Photography Competition - Cambridge

The Cambridge Admissions Office invites students to participate its annual university-wide photography competition that is entitled 'Cambridge Round the Clock'. The university is seeking for images that exemplify how students see Cambridge and various aspects of their life at different times such as day and night. The submitted entries can be used in the university's online presence and printed publications and also external publications about the university.

The university offers students an excellent opportunity to become innovative and creative and open to personal interpretation. Images are expected to be natural and pictures that are artistically developed using photographic software are welcome.


  • The first prize is 100 of vouchers from their choice of John Lewis, Jessops or Waterstones and an excellent opportunity to perfect their skills during a one-on-one master class with James Appleton, a professional photographer.
  • Runners up: 100 of vouchers from students' choice of Waterstones, Jessops or John Lewis.
  • Simply entering: students have an opportunity to see their photo in print.


Students must submit their entries before or on the prescribed date. The judging panel comprises Douglas Brumley, the PhoCUS President, James Appleton, a professional photographer and representatives from the Cambridge Admissions Office. Any undergraduate students who are studying at the University of Cambridge may participate in this activity.

Entry Submission

Students should ensure that they have understood the competition rules and guidelines. They fill in the entry submission form properly with no errors. It should be noted that there is no limit to the number of photographs students submit. Nevertheless, every photograph should be together with its own online submission form copy. It must be noted that photographs entered to last year's Impression of Cambridge Competition can not be resubmitted. Students need to submit their work before the prescribed date.


  • Present students can participate in the competition as it is open to all students at the University of Cambridge.
  • Entries should be submitted using the online application form by the prescribed date.
  • Each photograph can be entered once and should be accompanied by a submission form with all completed sections and the declaration ticked.
  • Images which are entered in earlier Cambridge Admissions Office photography competitions cannot be resubmitted.


  • The department is not looking for a specific type of subject or images but for photographs that represent and show student life in Cambridge at different times such as day and night, for instance, meal time, social activities, college life, study, etc.
  • Images should be high resolution (minimum 300 dpi) tiff, jpeg, eps files as they can be used in printed publications as well online. Each image file name ought to match the photograph title, which is given on the online submission form.
  • Students may submit a number of photographs as there is no limit, however, each image must be entered only once and ought to be accompanied by a completed submission form.
  • Students must be considerate while taking photographs ensuring that they understand what the image is for. These pictures can be used for the university's websites and publications.
  • Photographs should not be taken in Cambridge provided that they are relevant to their being students at Cambridge, for example, images taken during year abroad or field trip.
  • Students do not take photographs during their present year of study provide that they are taken since they have been students at the university, for example, a third year student may enter a photograph during his/her first or second year.

Photo Competition 2009

A photo competition was organized in October 2009 entitled 'Impressions of Cambridge'. The present undergraduate students are asked to submit photographs, which they thought an 'eye view' of students' life at the University of Cambridge. The competition has received a huge response. Cambridge takes care of students' all round development.

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