LSE Photo Prize


Submissions are open for the 2019 Photo Prize! The theme for this year is 'LSE and the City' and submissions will be accepted until Friday 29 March.

Upload your entry to Instagram using the hashtag #LSEandtheCity and mention @londonschoolofeconomics in your post.Please include a title and/or brief description of your photo. If you don’t have Instagram, you can still enter – see our FAQ section below for details.

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.

For more information about the competition please contact

In 2018, the theme for the Photo Prize was your perspective on ‘Spring at LSE’

LSE Arts is very grateful for all those who submitted entries for the competition and we would like to say special thanks to the judges and everyone who assisted us in organising the photo contest and the related pop-up exhibitions.

The winners of LSE Photo Prize 2018 were:

1st Prize - Anna Ya-Feng Wangwebsite_1st_026-5

Snow at LSE in early spring. (pic 026-5) 

2nd Prize - Diego Piedra-Trejoswebsite_2nd_030-5

Spring mode: changing libraries for gardens. (pic 030-5)

3rd Prize - Diana Munasipovawebsite_3rd_012-5

 When you study hard but you also can't wait for a summer vacation. (pic 012-5)

People’s Choice Award - Carl Goodwinwebsite_pplsch_008-3

 Mission Briefing. As the ground mist burns off the pilot and observer carry out a pre-flight briefing before take-off at dawn. (Royal Aircraft Factory Be2e A’2767) (pic 008-3)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Photos submitted to LSE Photo Prize 2018 are available as an online gallery

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 Monday 4 March to midnight on Friday 29 March. 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 either: A) post a photo of their interpretation of this year's theme to Instagram, with a brief caption including the hashtag #LSEandtheCity and mentioning @londonschoolofeconomics; or B) submit their entry via WeTransfer along with their contact information and caption or title. 
  • Entrants to the competition should ensure their Instagram profile is public so judges can see the submission. 
  • 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 or email to arrange delivery of their prize.
  • The winner of the People’s Choice prize will be the photo that receives the most votes online by the competition closing date.LSE Arts will create a shortlist of images for voting based upon image quality and relevance to the theme. Not all submissions are guaranteed to make it onto the shortlist.
  • 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.
  • 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

1. Open

2. Select the "Send as link" option by clicking on the three blue dots in the bottom left corner of the white window where you can "Add your files"

3. Make sure you marked "link" isntead of "e-mail" and when you are done click on the three dots again

4. Add your photo and click on "Transfer"

5. Copy your wetransfer link to a new e-mail addressed to

6. Don't forget to add the title and the caption in the text of the e-mail

How many photos can I submit?

You may enter as many times as your like, just remember to use the hashtag #LSEandtheCity. 

When will submissions be accepted?

Submissions will be accepted from 09:00 GMT on Monday 4 March to midnight on Friday 29 March

Who are the judges?

Martha Ojo – LSESU Education Officer

Sue Donnelly – LSE Archivist

Nigel Stead – LSE Photographer

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: A Photography Book

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 20 May – Friday 24 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 2019 will be available as an online gallery. The winning entries will be displayed on campus following the competition.