Enter our photo competition

Last modified: 05 October 2017

How to submit your photos and words

Last modified: 13 October 2017

What does studying in the UK mean to you or to your students? Tell us your story in a photo and a few words

In 2018 we will be celebrating 50 years of supporting international students, schools, colleges, universities and students’ unions. Today we’re launching a photography competition for students and staff to showcase the excitement, achievements and impact of studying in the UK. 

Students (EU and non-EU) and staff in the UK are invited to submit photos and an accompanying short statement illustrating studying in the UK, how this creates opportunities, transforms lives and contributes so much to UK institutions and communities.

Judged by our panel, the best 12 will be used in a 2018 calendar which will be sent to all UKCISA member institutions and students' unions.  The 12 winners will receive a ‘UKCISA Certificate of Commendation,’ a £50 Amazon voucher and an invitation to our 50th anniversary reception event (date TBC).

The best 50 photos and stories will be featured on UKCISA’s website throughout the year.

Send us your entries, following the guidance below, by 5pm on 30 October 2017.


You can use the themes below to inspire you – or send us something completely different – but something that highlights international student life in the UK.

For students: 
helping others 
the future

For members of UKCISA and staff in universities, schools, colleges or students’ unions: 


Size and format  

Please upload the original file as a jpg to ensure it will be printable quality and in landscape format.


How to submit

1. Read the terms and conditions

2. Fill in our competition form and upload a URL to your photo

3. Do feel free to upload to all social media that you use, but make sure you upload to our form as well so your entry is included in the competition. 

Note: Since UKCISA was established in 1968, some 5 million international students have come to the UK to study. These students have been supported throughout by UKCISA’s member institutions. They have brought academic talent, helped to widen horizons, generated international links and influence, and helped to sustain a wide range of courses and research in universities and colleges throughout the UK. Latest estimates suggest that total earnings from international students (to institutions and to local economies) are in excess of £15 billion annually and support 250,000 jobs.


Terms and conditions

Last modified: 05 October 2017
  1. You must submit your photo using our online form and include a short description about the photo

  2. You may enter more than one photo but no more than three

  3. All images must be your original work. You must be the sole owner of the entire copyright in all images entered

  4. You must have taken your photo in the past 12 months

  5. You may have entered the photo into competitions previously as long as you didn’t win 

  6. If your photo features other people you must have written permission to submit the photo. If the people are under 18 you must have written consent from their parent or guardian. By entering this competition you confirm you have consent from all those in the photo.

  7. You will remain copyright owner of your photograph; by entering the competition you are giving UKCISA permission to use the photo on a calendar, on the UKCISA website, in UKCISA publications or information, and in UKCISA marketing materials

  8. You must include a description of what the photo represents

  9. By entering this competition you confirm you are or were a student in the UK in the past 12 months or a member of staff within a school, college, university or students’ union