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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, 11 and 12.

The deadline for entering this competition has now passed. Thank you to all those who have made a submission, and be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive notification of the results of this competition (late May).

Students are invited to enter one photograph and an accompanying paragraph that explains how the photo interprets the theme, which this year is "Future Sociologies".

The competition is judged by a panel of lecturers from the Department of Sociology, who will assess the photos and accompanying paragraph based on their creative interpretation of the theme, originality and sociological imagination.

The winning student will receive £100 for themselves and £100 for their school, and the winning photo will be displayed both in the Department of Sociology and on our website.

"Future Sociologies"

The coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter, climate crisis. Many sociologists study historical social change, but how might the world change for future generations, and how might future generations change the world? What sort of ideas, movements or structures could come to shape the way we live, and what perspectives might we need to address future challenges?

Students are encouraged to be creative in their interpretation of the theme "Future Sociologies" and think about what the future might look like, in terms of work, relationships, education, nature, communities, technologies, or their own focus. Students can consider social, political, technological, cultural or environmental factors, or a combination. Entries can focus on the personal or broader social level, or even attempt to draw links between the two.

The rules:

  • Entry is limited to one photograph per person (who must be a student in Y10, 11, 12 or equivalent).
  • The photograph must be taken by the student.
  • Students should not seek assistance with their submission to the extent that it is no longer their own work.
  • Photographs must not feature recognisable brands or advertising.
  • Permission must be sought for photos that include identifiable people. If these people are aged 18 or under, parental permission is also required. We will contact shortlisted entries that fall in this category.
  • By entering the competition, students acknowledge that their photographs may be used in a selection of marketing and publicity material by the Sociology Department.
  • Entries received after the deadline (Mon 3 May 2021) will not be considered. The judges' decision is final.

Making an entry:

Students can use the entry form below to submit their photograph and a paragraph (100-250 words max) to explain how the photo interprets the theme before Mon 3 May 2021. Any questions can be directed to

Results will be announced on our website in early June 2021. To be the first to hear about the winning entries, join the Department of Sociology outreach mailing list.

Health and saftey comes first during the COVID-19 pandemic: Students should exercise caution when taking photographs for this competition and ensure they comply with the latest national guidelines from the Government.