UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Enter the ISH annual photo competition on the theme of 'People Heritage'

22 May 2019

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage is pleased to invite UCL students and staff to enter its third annual photo competition.


How are you behind a lens? Do you see art in your research? Can your camera take your research to the next level?

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage is pleased to invite all UCL students and staff to enter its second annual photo competition. This year we invite entries that capture the concept of 'People Heritage'.

Deadline extended!

Entrants now have until midnight on Wednesday 28 August 2019 to submit their photos
(Updated on 23 July 2019)

People Heritage


A better future for people and the planet are at the heart of international agendas such the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.  This is strongly reflected in heritage where the dominant focus is increasingly on people. Heritage matters to society in its own right and for its reflections on the future of communities. Heritage manifests itself in extraordinary and ordinary ways. It is the tangible and intangible aspects of people’s heritage that is the theme of this year’s competition.

People-centred heritage is not only about increasing formal participation mediated by experts such as education. People are increasingly engaging with their heritage for what it provides to their wellbeing, their sense of belonging and place-making. For many, heritage is integral to their lives and is as familiar as breathing. People’s heritage underlines the dynamic and mutually beneficial role of heritage in society.

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 capture the bridge between academic research and creativity when expressing People’s Heritage.


First prize – £100 Amazon voucher

Joint runners-up prize – £50 Amazon vouchers each

Judging Panel

  • Professor May Cassar, UCL ISH Director
  • Marcel Reyez-Cortez, Visual Anthropologist and Artist
  • Maija Powell, 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 Wednesday 28 August 2019.
(On 23 July 2019 the deadline was extended from 31 July)

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

Entries should be emailed to bseer-communications@ucl.ac.uk

Each entry must include the title of the work, photographer’s name, department and position. With your entry you are requested to provide a name for each entry. A two-line commentary on your entry is also required. See full terms and conditions below.

See the winning entries from previous years

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 'People Heritage'
  • This competition closes midnight 28 August 2019
  • Entries should be emailed to bseer-communications@ucl.ac.uk Each entry must include the title of the work, photographer’s name, department and position and should not exceed 2MB.
  • 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.