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Exhibition submissions: photograph

Can you convey your research through a photograph?

Photography allows you to think about your research in different ways, offering a fresh perspective. It can help you to consider what has inspired you or captured your imagination, to illustrate the people or stories involved in your research project, or to document elements of the research project itself.

Judging criteria

Photographs will be judged by an expert panel against the following criteria:

  1. Imagination: How original and arresting is the story behind the image? Does it challenge the viewer?
  2. Visual impact: Where is our eye drawn to in the photograph? Is the viewer's attention captured in an interesting way?
  3. Subject matter and coherence: How well does it relate to the description provided on the entry form?

All entries will feature in an online gallery which will host an online vote for the Popular Prize.

Shortlisted photographs, posters and research abstracts will go through to the research competition exhibition and the following additional prizes:

The LSE LIFE Prize will be selected from shortlisted entries from undergraduate and Master’s students (and 2017 alumni). The criteria for this prize is based on LSE LIFE’s guiding principles and values within the LSE community. Specifically, submissions are evaluated on:

  1. Making the ‘world’ a better place: How well does the submission offer knowledge that could contribute to a change for the better for a community, big or small?
  2. Communication: How well does the submission use written and/or visual forms of communication to interact with the Festival audience in a way that is clear and coherent?
  3. Creativity: How well does the submission demonstrate inventive or unique ways of thinking and/or offer alternative perspectives?
  4. Self-Understanding: How well does the submission demonstrate researcher self-awareness and reflexivity?

The PhD Academy Prize will be selected from shortlisted entries from PhD students. It will be judged on your ability to communicate a concept, research question or finding in a way that stimulates debate and is accessible to a non-specialist audience.

The Beveridge Prize will be the single entry that the judge feels best fits the Beveridge 2.0 theme. Beveridge’s ‘Five Giants’ of want, squalor, disease, ignorance and idleness have been broadly re-cast as:

  • Want - Challenges of poverty
  • Squalor - Housing and urbanisation
  • Idleness - Future of work
  • Ignorance - Education and skills
  • Disease - Health and social care

Submission information

A maximum of one photograph may be submitted as part of a single exhibit from either an individual or a group. Submissions advice is available at our Toolkit. You can also visit our previous winners page.

  • Photographs must be submitted in A3 (297x420mm) and as high resolution (300dpi) eps, tiff or jpg files.
  • Do not include any logos, for example the LSE logo.
  • To submit your file you will need to upload it to WeTransfer and get a download link to add to your entry form.
  • Before submitting please be familiar with the terms and conditions as you will be asked on your entry form to agree to them. 


All valid entries will be featured in an online gallery with public voting for the Popular Prize of £250, and will go forward for shortlisting for other prizes. If your photograph is shortlisted, it will be:

  • Printed and displayed at the LSE Festival research competition exhibition 19-24 February 2018. You will be expected to attend a reception and prize-giving on Wednesday 21 February to exhibit your work.
  • Automatically entered for the photograph category prize of £250.
  • Entries from students will go forward to shortlisting for either the PhD Academy or LSE LIFE Prize of £250.
  • Beveridge-themed entries will go forward to shortlisting for the Beveridge Prize of £250, which will be awarded on Friday 23 February.
  • Uploaded to LSE open-access digital libraries (including LSE Research Online).

How to enter

To submit your photograph, please complete the entry form below. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions before you apply. 

Contact us

For further information, email researchcompetition@lse.ac.uk 

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 24 January 2018.

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LSE Festival research competition 2018 submission form

  • Full name
  • Submission category - choose one
  • Does your submission address one of Beveridge's five giants? Which ones? If no, please select 'NO'.
  • Terms and conditions