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Department of Sociology


Each year the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge hosts a photography competition aimed at students in Years 10-13.

We are delighted to announce that our Photo Competition 2023 is open to entries on the theme of the sociology of inequality.  Please click here to find out more.

Students are invited to enter one photograph and an accompanying paragraph that explains how the photo interprets the theme. The winner will be awarded with £100 for themselves and £100 for their school, and their photo will be featured on our website and social media pages.

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2022 "Sociology of Resistance"

The 2022 entries showcased creativity in their interpretation of 'Sociology of Resistance' as they displayed the different ways that people "resist", by challenging institutions, power structures or social norms.

2022 Results


2021 "Future Sociologies"

Entries in our 2021 competition envisioned different futures and questioned the condition of the world being handed to future generations.

2021 Results

2020 "Sociology of Change"

Entries in our 2020 competition responded to the impact of lockdown and changing social norms in the global coronavirus pandemic.

2020 Results

2019 "Sociology in Everyday Life"

Entries in our 2019 competition explored the role of surveillance, religion, and the media in shaping everyday life.

2019 Results

2018 "Global Sociology"

In our 2018 competition, entrants explored themes of globalisation, global social theory and multiculturalism.

2018 Results

2017 "What is Sociology?"

In 2017, entries considered gender stereotypes, the socialising role of schools, and even how a cup of tea can be related to sociology!

2017 Results