St John's College Oxford

Picture This! St John's Photography Competition

St John's is a wonderful place to live and work, and we want to celebrate and share it in all its diversity, in our new Photography Competition.

Please note that we are not running the Photo Competition during MT2019.

If you’re studying, teaching or working here, we want to see your favourite views, your working spaces and your community. All students, fellows and staff are eligible to enter, and there are fantastic prizes to be won!

Full details of how to enter can be downloaded here.

The competition starts again in 1st Week of Trinity term. We want your stunning images that explore and reveal St John’s in the following categories:

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  • College community – all aspects of the day-to-day life of College through the year
  • A slice of student life – students, students, students, at work and play
  • Sports – whether on the river, on the football field or playing tiddlywinks in the gardens
  • Our environment – new perspectives on College interiors and exteriors, our buildings and the natural world
  • In the abstract – unusual angles on St John’s
  • Inspiration – teaching and learning experiences in St John’s, new discoveries … inspire us!

Every week of Full Term a £50 Blackwell's voucher
Every term a £100 Blackwell's voucher for the best image of term
The winning images will be featured on the College’s website and social media channels, and published in TW magazine.

Submission details
Images should be submitted electronically by uploading them to Dropbox AND by completing this online Photo Submission form.

Full details of how to do this can be downloaded here.

You will need to include a caption for the image (maximum 50 words) putting it in context. The caption will be taken into consideration by the judges when making their decision.

A maximum of three images per person can be submitted. Images should be of high quality, ideally between a minimum of 2mb and a maximum of 15mb and in a digital format at a minimum of 300dpi (for example, JPG). Winners will be required to submit their winning image in a high-resolution format. Images can be downsized for submission but winners will be required to provide a high-resolution version of their submitted image. Images that are nominated for a prize in any other major photo competition are not eligible.

Entries can be submitted at any time during Trinity Term 2019; entries received will be judged each week on a Thursday for the weekly prize, and on Friday of 8th Week for the termly prize.

Judging panel
Judging will be done by the Communications team.

Rules and terms & conditions
All entrants must read the competition Rules and terms & conditions, and confirm they have done this on the online form. Please note these include that you must declare if your images have been manipulated, and provide details of when and where the image was taken and the camera or equipment used to take the image. The Rules and terms & conditions can be downloaded here, or printed copies can be collected from the Main Lodge.

Any queries should be directed to