LSE Photo Prize

LSE Photo Prize 2018 is now closed


The competition has now closed and winners are to be announced at the end of Summer Term, on 30 May.

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 all submitted photos at pop-up events around campus during Summer Term, and vote for your favourite entry in the 'People’s Choice' category.

Judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners by Thursday 24 May. LSE Arts will contact winners via Instagram or email to confirm student/staff/alumni status prior to public announcement on 30 May. Winning photos will be exhibited around campus in the following weeks.

Pop-up exhibitions

See this year's photos and grab some delicious freebies at the 2018 pop-up exhibitions. You can find us here:




Monday 14 May

12:30 - 14:00

Library Plaza (P)

Wednesday 16 May

12:30 – 14:00

Sheffield Street, in front of the SU (P)

Friday 25 May

12:30 - 14:00

Café 54, NAB (P)

(P) marks the locations that are open to the public.


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 with the most likes on Instagram will be awarded with the prize.

How to vote:

1. Search the competition hashtag on Instagram #SpringatLSE

2. ‘Like’ your favourite photo

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

Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes on Sunday 27th May.

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

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 #Spring@LSE

When will submissions be accepted?

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

Who are the judges?

Megan Beddoe – LSESU Activities & Development 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: 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 are available as an online gallery from Friday 11 May. The winning entries will be displayed on campus following the competition.