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Government Photography and Art Competition 2020


'Democracy in the 21st Century'

We are excited to announce our 2020 competition. This year we will be accepting entries in two categories, 'Photography' and 'Art', and the competition is open to all Department of Government students (undergraduate, Masters and PhD).

The theme for this year’s competition is 'Democracy in the 21st Century'. Democracy is defined as 'a system of government in which all people of a state or polity are involved in making decisions about its affairs'. We’re looking for photographs and art works that represent democracy (or not!) in the world today. Although this is certainly an interesting time in UK politics, there is so much to take inspiration from globally and we are keen to see our diverse department represented.

We have a brilliant global community of students and your photographs can be taken anywhere, wherever you are in the world, and you do not need to be in the photograph. Likewise, if you're creating an art work, you can take your inspiration from anywhere across the globe. See our FAQ section below for full details on how to submit your work.

We’ll be displaying the winning submissions around of Department, in our new home in the Centre Building, so enter the competition and be a part of our community!

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 7 January 2020 at 5pm

Previous winners

2019

The theme for our 2019 competition was “Politics on the street” and we were looking for photographs of everyday life and how politics seeps into it.

First Place - Euan Ward (3rd year BSc Politics and International Relations)

A newspaper vendor receives a large morning delivery in Dahieh, a predominantly Shia Muslim neighbourhood and Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut, Lebanon. It was the day of the country’s first elections in 9 years and the political party and militant group wo
"A newspaper vendor receives a large morning delivery in Dahieh, a predominantly Shia Muslim neighbourhood and Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut, Lebanon. It was the day of the country’s first elections in 9 years and the political party and militant group would go on to achieve a small but decisive victory."

Second Place - Florian Sichart (1st year BSc Politics and International Relations)

After its existence was threatened by a redevelopment project in 2014, 27,286 signatures were collected in support of the London Southbank skate park. Thanks to its activist advocates, the infamous skating-hotspot and place of vibrant cultural exchange wa
"After its existence was threatened by a redevelopment project in 2014, 27,286 signatures were collected in support of the London Southbank skate park. Thanks to its activist advocates, the infamous skating-hotspot and place of vibrant cultural exchange was recently granted £700,000 from City Hall to fund plans to enlarge the complex."

Third Place - Wong Tze Sheng, Milton (1st year BSc Politics and International Relations)

1PM, or Don’t Tell Me There’s No Politics Here. Tournai, Belgium
"1PM, or Don’t Tell Me There’s No Politics Here. Tournai, Belgium"

FAQs

Am I eligible to take part?

If you are a current undergraduate, Masters of PhD student in the Department of Government, you are eligible to participate in the photography competition.

How do I submit a photo?

All photos must be submitted as high resolution, print quality digital files (minimum 300 dpi) in either .jpeg or .tiff format. If you have any technical queries, please don't hesitate to contact us on gov.comms@lse.ac.uk with a question.

Please send your submission with a brief caption via wetransfer to gov.comms@lse.ac.uk

1. Open the webpage - wetransfer.com and select “WeTransfer” (this is the free version).

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" instead of "e-mail", then click on the three dots again – this is so you can send us a link directly in an email.

4. Upload your photo and click on "Transfer"

5. Copy your wetransfer link to a new e-mail addressed to gov.comms@lse.ac.uk with the subject title “Gov Photo and art Competition”. Please ensure to send it from your LSE email address.

6. Please include your full name, your programme title, the location of the photograph (i.e. town, city or country) and a short caption for the photo – a maximum of 50 words please.

How do I submit an art work?

We will accept art works in any medium, be it painting, illustration, collage, sculpture, digital art or any other form you choose to work in. However, please note all entries must be submitted digitally as high resolution, print quality digital files/photos (minimum 300 dpi) in either .jpeg or .tiff format. If you have any technical queries or need advice on how to submit your art work, please don't hesitate to contact us on gov.comms@lse.ac.uk with a question.

Please send your submission with a brief caption via wetransfer to gov.comms@lse.ac.uk

1. Open the webpage - wetransfer.com and select “WeTransfer” (this is the free version).

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" instead of "e-mail", then click on the three dots again – this is so you can send us a link directly in an email.

4. Upload your the digital file/photo of your art work and click on "Transfer"

5. Copy your wetransfer link to a new e-mail addressed to gov.comms@lse.ac.uk with the subject title “Gov Photo and art Competition”. Please ensure to send it from your LSE email address.

6. Please include your full name, your programme title and a short caption for your art work – a maximum of 50 words please.

How many entries can I submit?

We will accept one submission in each of the two categories ('photography' and 'art') per person.

Can I submit an entry on behalf of someone else or that someone else has produced?

Any entries submitted to the competition must be your own original work, and we will not accept submissions on behalf of someone else.

When is the deadline for submission?

The deadline will be Tuesday 7 January 2020 at 5pm. unfortunately, we will not accept any submissions after this time. 

Who will pick the winners?

Our judges! Our judges will be the Head of Department, the Department Tutor, the Web and Digital Media Manager and two committee members from the LSE Government Society.

Will the submissions be displayed anywhere?

Yes, we hope to use the winning submissions as art pieces in the Department, displayed on our walls in our new home in the Centre Building. We will also post selected competition entries on our website and social media channels.

For any other questions you may have about the competition, please contact gov.comms@lse.ac.uk

Competition Terms and Conditions

  • The competition commences at 5:00pm on Friday 29 November 2019, and ends at 5:00pm on Tuesday 9 January 2020. 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. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
  • This competition is only open to students who are enrolled as a student within the Department of Government at LSE.
  • Submissions by any other person or on behalf of them will not be accepted.
  • To participate, entrants must send a photo of their interpretation of the theme “Democracy in the 21st Century” via wetransfer to gov.comms@lse.ac.uk, with a brief caption no longer than 50 words in length.
  • There is no entry fee for this competition.
  • The winners will be the entries in each category ('photography' and 'art') that the judges feel best represent the theme. Personal details include names will not be disclosed to the judges – only the works and accompanying caption/information will be made available to the judges.
  • Prizes are non-transferrable and no substitute will be offered.
  • By submitting a piece of work, entrants agree to the use of their name and image of their work in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winners 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 submitting images of your work for publication in this competition, 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.