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Department of Sociology

Photography Competition 2018

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 theme of the 2019 competition is ‘Sociology in Everyday Life’ and students are invited to send ONE photo, a caption and an explanatory paragraph that explains how the photo interprets the theme.

The winning student will receive £250 for themselves and £250 for their school. The Department will also host the student and an accompanying adult (parent/guardian/teacher) on a visit to the University, and the winning photo will be displayed both in the department and on our website.

Interested students should submit their photograph alongside an appropriate caption and paragraph to explain the thoughts and reasoning behind the photograph, before the 20th April 2019, to 

The competition will be judged by a panel of lecturers from the Department and results will be announced by the end of May 2019. The judges will be assessing the photos and accompanying text on their adherence to the theme, originality and creativity.

The rules:

  • Entry is limited to one photograph per person (who must be a student in Y10, 11 or 12).
  • Students should not seek assistance with their submission to the extent that it is no longer their own work.
  • Students must ‘CC’ in their teacher when entering their photograph to the competition.
  • Photographs emailed after the deadline (20th April) will not be considered.
  • Photographs must not feature recognisable brands or advertising.
  • The judge’s decision is final. If there is more than one top ranked photo, the prize will be split equally.

If you are intending to include a person or people in your photograph, please ensure they have granted you their permission for their photograph to be used in the competition. By entering the competition, students acknowledge that their photographs may be used in a selection of marketing and publicity material (referencing the student) by the Department and/or the University.

Previous Competitions:

2018: Global Sociology

Winner - George Smith (The King’s School, Peterborough) “Kingdom of King’s”

Shortlist - Bonnie Barfield (The Abbey School) “Liminal Spaces” and Rebeca Moody (Barton Peveril College) “Cracking the Conundrum”.

2017: What is Sociology?

Winner - Aisha Peerbaccus (Brynteg School, Bridgend) “How can something as simple as tea be related to Sociology?”

Shortlist – Kieren Mitchell (Joseph Rowntree School) “School & Education” and Sian Leary (Joseph Rowntree School) “Socialised to Gender Stereotype”.

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