UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage launches annual photo competition: future heritage

13 March 2017

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage is pleased to invite UCL staff and students to enter its Annual Photo Competition.

Photo competition

How are you behind a lens?

Can your camera take your research to the next level?

Do you see art in your research?


We invite entries that capture the concept of Future Heritage. This is an important research strand in UCL ISH's strategy.  While heritage is often considered in a historical context, much of UCL ISH’s work relates to protecting existing heritage from present and future impacts, which can range from global climate change and conflict to changing technologies and use.

Our guest judge is Marcel Reyez-Cortez, a visual anthropologist and artist, whose current research explores the fusion between photographic practice and academic research in an attempt to promote and enrich the collaboration and exchange between them.  

Entries should therefore aim to interpret the link between academic research and creativity when expressing Future Heritage.

‘Photography provides a stimulating platform of exchange and dialogue between the sciences and the arts. In the precarious world we live in memory and heritage are constantly at threat. The creative and critical collaboration between the sciences and the arts enriches the possibility not only in the critical analyses or the way we see the world, record and illustrate heritage but most importantly creating new platforms that give us the possibility to engage creatively and critically on how to protect and preserve heritage from current and future threats.’

 - Marcel Reyez-Cortez


First prize - £100 Amazon voucher

Two joint runners up prizes - £50 Amazon voucher each

The winners will be announced at a drinks reception at Here East at the beginning of term in October 2017. All suitable entries will be exhibited at this event.

Judging Panel:

Marcel Reyez-Cortez, visual anthropologist and artist

May Cassar, UCL ISH Director 

Alex Blackburn, BSEER Communications Manager

The judges are not eligible to take part in the competition and all entries will be judged anonymously.

The closing date for entries is 31 August 2017.

By entering you agree to the competition rules as outlined below.

Competition rules:

  • The competition is open to current and affiliated UCL staff and students only.  Proof of current and affiliated staff or student id should be included with the entry.
  • Entrants can enter a maximum of three images.
  • The theme of the competition is Future Heritage.
  • This competition closes midnight 31 August 2017.
  • Entries should be emailed to d.voake@ucl.ac.uk. Each entry must include the title of the work, photographer’s name, department and position and should be 7MB.
  • Entries must be saved as JPEG files with the photographer’s email address included in the file name. Please ensure images are of maximum possible resolution and quality.
  • The images will be sent to the Judging Panel anonymously so that the decisions are impartial.
  • All entries must be the original work of the entrant. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright of all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of anyone featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16. Entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
  • UCL reserves the right to ask to see original files of any entries.
  • Entrants will retain copyright to the photographs that they submit. By entering the competition all entrants grant UCL royalty-free non-exclusive licence for publication and exhibition of their photographs in print, on websites or in any other media. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. While we make every effort to credit photographers, we cannot guarantee that every use of the photographs will include photographers' name.
  • By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules.
  • Images that are deemed to be inappropriate or in breach of these terms will be disqualified from the competition. This includes images that may be offensive, previously published, copyrighted (by somebody other than the entrant) or otherwise contrary to the spirit of the competition
  • UCL ISH reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.