Abstract photo of people's feet walking across a pedestrian crossing casting long shadows in the car headlights.

Government Undergraduate Photography Competition


Announcing our 2019 winners!

The theme for this year’s competition was “Politics on the street” and we were looking for photographs of everyday life and how politics seeps into it. We have a wide community of students worldwide so the photograph could have been taken wherever they were in the world.

Our three judges were the Department Tutor and Deputy Head of Department, Professor Lea Ypi, our Web and Digital Media Manager, James Robins, and a recent Government Alum and LSE LIFE adviser, Jack Winterton. Judges weren't given any information about the entries, apart from the photo caption and location.

Many thanks to all those that submitted a photo, there were many high quality submissions to consider! After much deliberation, we are very excited to announce our winners...

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"

Congratulations again to our winners and thank you to everyone that participated in our first ever photography competition!

FAQs

Am I eligible to take part?

If you are an undergraduate student in the Department of Undergraduate, you are eligible to participate in the photography competition.

How do I submit a photo?

Please send your submission with a brief caption via wetransfer to gov.ug@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.ug@lse.ac.uk with the subject title “Gov Photo Competition”. Please ensure to send it from your LSE email address.

6. Please include your full name, your BSc 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 many photos can I submit?

We will accept one submission per person. 
Can I submit a photo on behalf of someone else or that someone else has taken?The photo has to have been taken by yourself, and we will not accept submissions on behalf of someone else.

When is the deadline for submission?

The deadline will be Friday 1 February at 5pm. unfortunately, we will not accept any submissions after this time. 

Who will pick the winners?

Our judges! Our judges will be the Department Tutor, the Web and Digital Media Manager and one Alumni from the Department.

Will the winners receive any prizes?

Yes, besides having the winning photos displayed in official Department communications and social media, we will be offering the following prizes:

1st Prize - £50 National Book Token

2nd Prize - £25 National Book Token

3rd Prize - £15 National Book Token

Will the submissions be displayed anywhere?

Yes, we hope to use the submissions in our official Department communications and social media accounts, and would like to display the winning photos in our student common room! 

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

Competition Terms and Conditions

  • The competition commences at 9:00am on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, and ends at 5:00pm on Friday 1 February 2019. 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 in an BSc Programme at the Government Department of the 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 “Politics on the street” via wetransfer to gov.ug@lse.ac.uk, with a brief caption no longer than 50 words in length. Please also include the location of the photograph.
  • There is no entry fee for this competition.
  • The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be the photos that the judges feel best represent the theme. Personal details include names will not be disclosed to the judges – only the photograph, location and caption will be made available to the judges.
  • Prizes are non-transferrable and no substitute will be offered.
  • The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners agree 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 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.