LSE Photo Prize

See all 2017 submissions in an online slideshow!

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Photo Prize 2017 followed the Literary festival theme Revolutions!

All the Photo Prize 2017 submissions can be found in an online slideshow.

First prize

The first prize for this year's competition was a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, and this was awarded to Chiara Sotis, an LSE staff member within the Department of Economics, with her photograph The Smoky Side of Things.


This was taken during a No Tav protest in Italy. The protests went on for years in the North and were at times very violent. While I don't agree with the use of violence, seeing so many people fighting so hard against something they despised was impressive and emotionally very stressful. This protest ended without significant damages but the picture shows the dramatic side of a revolutionary act. 

Second prize

The second prize for this year's competition was a Lomography Konstruktor DIY Kit.  This was awarded to Sean Ryan, a Postgraduate in the Department of Media and Communications for his photograph Steadfast.


A group of soldiers preparing for a riot control exercise.

Third prize

The third prize was a £15 Amazon voucher.  This prize was awarded to Clemens Poole, a postgraduate from the Department of International History.


Portrait of a Secretary, June, 2016.

People's Choice Prize

With over 600 votes cast, the People's Choice award was won by Martha Ojo, an undergraduate in the Department of International History for her photo Unapologetic, who is a revolutionary?


The history of revolution has neglected the stories of people of colour. We are so quick to label what is going on with social media as a revolution- but quick to dismiss the Black Panthers as terrorists. Why? Are you only a revolutionary if your movement succeeds? Who is a revolutionary?

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Terms and conditions

By submitting an image for publication in LSE photo prize you are making a contribution to the LSE website. The LSE website's Terms of use therefore apply. You are advised to familiarise yourself with these before submitting any images as submission implies acceptance of these terms.

By contributing an image you agree to grant LSE a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use the image (see Contributing to the website). This requires that you own the copyright to the image and ensures that copyright remains with you as the contributor.

Privacy and data protection is important (see Privacy and data protection).  This is especially the case when the image portrays somebody other than you as the contributor see Section 4.2.1 (a) under Contributing to the website).

This competition is only open to current staff and students as well as alumni. Entries will not be accepted if submitted by photographers who are not currently employed or a student at LSE or who are not alumni of LSE.  

By submitting your photo to photo prize, your entry will be automatically submitted to LSE perspectives, an LSE arts online photo gallery. Any photo prize submissions will only appear in LSE perspectives after the pop-up exhibition in February.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) 

Am I eligible to take part?

If you are a current LSE staff member or student, then the answer is yes! We also accept submissions from LSE Alumni.

How many photos can I submit?

You may enter up to three photographs relevant to the Photo Prize theme 'Revolutions'.

When will submissions be accepted?

Submissions will be accepted from Thursday 1 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017.

Who are the judges?

The judges for the competition are:

Nick Byrne - Former director of LSE Language Centre and former chair of LSE Arts Committee.

Julia Ryland - LSE SU Activities and Development Officer

Nigel Stead - School Photographer, LSE

What are the prizes?

First prize: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera - Take credit card sized instant photos!

Second prize: Lomography Konstruktor DIY Kit  - Designed to let you build your very own fully-working 35mm plastic SLR camera from scratch!

Third prize: £15 Amazon voucher

People's choice award: £15 Amazon voucher

You will also have your photo displayed on campus following the competition.

Where can I find the photos?

We will be showcasing all submissions via a pop-up exhibition across campus. Please see above for details of where to find the photographs during the Literary Festival week of Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017.

Do I have to be a student or staff members at the LSE to access these locations?

We try to ensure photo prize is accessible to the public. However, on some days during the Literary Festival the pop up venue will only be accessible to LSE community members. This will be advertised on the webpage with a (P) to symbolize that the venue is accessible to the general public.

I can’t attend during February, can I see any of these photos online?

In March 2017 the photos submitted to LSE photo prize 2017 will be available as an online gallery.