Photography competition

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The School of Social Sciences photography competition is open for entries.

The competition offers pupils from selected local schools: -

  • a timely opportunity to focus on current environmental sustainability issues as highlighted by COP26 and ongoing talks around climate change.
  • an opportunity to think about important Social Justice issues.

The deadline to submit entries is Friday, 1 April 2022.

All submissions should be emailed to with the subject line ‘Photography competition 2022’ (see ‘how to enter’ in Entry requirements below for specific details).

Entry requirements

How to enter 

  1. Choose your topic(s) - Environmental Sustainability and/or Social Justice.
  2. Take your photograph – use a phone, table, analogue camera or digital camera.
  3. Edit your photo – if you want to, or you can leave it as it is. Digital editing of smartphone photos should be kept to a minimum.
  4. Choose 3 hashtags to describe each photo and submit up to 50 words to describe your entry.
  5. Fill out the image release form – this allows us to share your photo and use it in our marketing. Get the form here.*
  6. All submissions should be emailed to with the subject line ‘Photography competition 2022’ and should include:
    • Your name
    • Year of study, school name
    • Your phone number
    • Tutor’s name/email address/phone number
    • Category of your photograph (Environmental Sustainability or Social Justice).
    • Your photo
    • Up to 3 #hashtags and (up to) 50-word description of your photo entry
    • Completed image release form

*If pupils are under the age of 13, parents or guardians are asked to complete their child’s personal information on their behalf.


  • Entries must be submitted by midnight on Friday 1 April 2022 and must include all the information outlined above.
  • You must be a pupil studying at Cedar Mount Academy, Loreto High School, Oasis Academy Media City UK, Chorlton High School or East Manchester Academy.
  • Only one entry per person, per category.
  • Image entered must be the property of the person entering it in the competition.
  • You must have informed consent from any people in the photos.
  • No photos of under 18s.
  • This is not a professional photography competition. Digital editing of smartphone photos should be kept to a minimum.


  • £150 voucher for the winning Environmental Sustainability photo
  • £150 voucher for the winning Social Justice photo


  • Winners will be invited onto the University of Manchester campus and will be presented with their prize at the Annual Arthur Lewis lecture on 3 May 2022.
  • If the winner(s) is under the age of 18, we will need next of kin permission and emergency contact information if you are attending the above-mentioned event.
  • If winners are under the age of 13, parents or guardians will be asked to provide their personal information on their behalf.
  • We will endeavour to provide 2 weeks’ notice to the winners and their tutors for the invitation to attend the campus on 3 May 2022. We will email winners and their tutors which we will follow up with a telephone call.

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