LSE Photo Prize

LSE Photo Prize 2018 is now open


Enter LSE Photo Prize 2018 for your chance to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera and other great prizes! 

Are you a budding photographer? Did you miss the Beveridge 2.0 photography competition? Would you like to share your passion for photography by using social media?

Every year, LSE Arts holds a photography competition for LSE staff, students and alumni. In the past, the competition theme followed that of the Literary Festival.

LSE Photo Prize has now become an independent event with the aim of sharing thoughtful, beautiful and surprising LSE moments and celebrating creative talent across the School community. This year, the theme for the Photo Prize is your perspective on ‘Spring at LSE’. You will be able to see the photos at pop-up events around campus in Summer Term, and vote for your favourite entry in the 'People’s Choice' category.

Submitting an entry is easier than ever. Simply post your image to Instagram using the hashtag #SpringatLSE

For more details about how to take part in the contest please see ‘Entering the Competition’ and ‘Terms and Conditions’ below.

Take a break from your textbooks and revision notes, and share your best Spring experiences at LSE!

Entering the Competition

The Photo Prize 2018 contest themed ‘Spring at LSE’ is open for submission between Wednesday 21 March to midnight on Sunday 29 April.  The competition is only open to LSE students, staff and alumni. You’ll need a public Instagram account to enter.

1. Select your photo in Instagram

2. Write your photo title and give it a caption

3. Tag the photo #SpringatLSE

4.  Hit ‘share'

Please be aware that LSE may contact via Instagram direct messaging to verify your student, staff, or alumni status and eligibility.

For more information please see the FAQ section

People's Choice Award - Vote for your favourite!

LSE Arts would like to continue with the tradition of granting the People's Choice award to the person whose photograph receives the most votes from the public. Select your favourite photo and decide who should be awarded this year’s People’s Choice award!  The post which gets the most likes on Instagram will be awarded with the prize.

How to vote:

1. Search the competition hashtags on Instagram #SpringatLSE

2. ‘Like’ your favourite photo

3. The post which gets the most likes on Instagram will be awarded with the prize

For more information about the competition please contact

Terms and Conditions

Instagram competition terms and conditions

  • By participating in LSE Photo Prize, the participant has agreed to have his/her entry featured on the LSE’s official Instagram account and other online platforms. If featured, the photo will be credited to the person, who uploaded the entry.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • The competition will commence at 09:00 GMT on Wednesday 21 March to midnight on Sunday 29 April. LSE accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, ineligible, corrupted or fail to be submitted by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
  • To enter, entrants must post a photo of their interpretation of ‘Spring at LSE’ to Instagram, with a brief caption including the hashtag #SpringatLSE
  • This competition is only open to current LSE students, staff members or LSE alumni
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be selected by our panel of judges and contacted privately via Instagram to arrange delivery of their prize.
  • The winner of the People’s Choice prize will be the photo that receives the most likes by the competition closing date.
  • LSE’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Prizes are non-transferrable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, LSE reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the competition without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner and any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party.
  • Entrants to the competition should ensure their Instagram profile is public so judges can see the submission. 
  • By entering this competition each entrant confirms that their submissions are their wholly-owned creations and that, to the extent that such entries make use of any third party materials, these have been fully cleared unless they are no longer protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights.
  • By submitting an entry, each entrant grants the University a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to edit, publish, translate, modify, adapt, make available and distribute the entry throughout the world in any media now known or hereafter invented.
  • Each entrant also confirms that anyone depicted in an entry has given their permission for the inclusion of their image in the entry and the use of the entry including their image by the entrant and LSE.
  • This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network. You are providing your submission to the LSE and not to any other party.

General 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.

I don't have an instagram account, can I still enter? 

Yes, please send your entry alongside your photo title and caption via a wetransfer link to

How many photos can I submit?

You may enter as many times as your like, just remember to use the hashtag #Spring@LSE

When will submissions be accepted?

Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday 21 March to Sunday 29 April.

Who are the judges?

The judges for the competition will be announced shortly.

What are the prizes?

First Prize: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera - Take credit card sized instant photos!

Second Prize: Lomography ActionSampler Clear - Take photos in a fun way with a 35mm camera, which snaps up 4 sequential images on one frame.

Third Prize: Ticket to the Tate Modern exhibition titled ‘Shape of Light 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art (£15)

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 pop-up exhibitions across campus between Monday 21 May – Friday 25 May.  Join us for some freebies and giveaways!  More details on the exact location of the pop up exhibition will be announced in due course.

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, some 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 the pop-up exhibitions, can I see any of these photos online?

Photos submitted to LSE Photo Prize 2018 will be available as an online gallery from Friday 11 May. The winning entries will be displayed on campus following the competition.