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#LoveUCL Instagram competition

Enter our monthly #LoveUCL student photo competition on Instagram in the 2021-22 academic year and be in with a chance to win Amazon vouchers!

Vines in bright shades of red, yellow and orange cover the side of a building at UCL. Photo by @husseinnagree

Each month from October 2021 to the end of May 2022 you could win a £25 Amazon voucher and have your photo featured on the UCL Instagram account! If you win a monthly competition you will also be in with the chance to win one of three prizes in our Photo of the Year competition in June 2022!

Simply post an original photo of yours showcasing life at UCL to Instagram with the #LoveUCL hashtag between the start of October 2021 and the end of May 2022 to enter.

We're looking for photos which capture the dynamism of life at UCL, contain original and interesting subject matter, and demonstrate strong composition. The photo must be your own work too, not someone else's.

The winner every month and for the Photo of the Year competition will be chosen by a vote by our Instagram followers so make sure you're following us.

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The monthly competitions will start and end on these dates:

  • October competition: 12:01am (BST), 1 October 2021 - 11:59pm (GMT), 31 October 2021
  • November competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 November 2021 - 11:59pm (GMT), 30 November 2021
  • December competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 December 2021 - 11:59pm (GMT), 31 December 2021
  • January competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 January 2022 - 11:59pm (GMT), 31 January 2022
  • February competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 February 2022 - 11:59pm (GMT), 28 February 2022
  • March competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 March 2022 - 11:59pm (BST), 31 March 2022
  • April competition: 12:01am (BST), 1 April 2022 - 11:59pm (BST), 30 April 2022
  • May competition: 12:01am (BST), 1 May 2022 - 11:59pm (BST), 31 May 2022

Photo of the Year Competition

In June 2022 the eight winners of our monthly competitions will be automatically entered into our Photo of the Year competition. We'll ask followers of our @ucl Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram accounts to pick their favourite of the eight photos with the winner taking home a framed copy of their photo and a £100 Amazon voucher, second place receving a £50 Amazon voucher, and third place claiming a £25 Amazon voucher.

So start sharing your photos of life at UCL! We want to see what it's like studying at UCL and living in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Read the rules and the terms and conditions below to find out more. 

  • All entrants must be a current and enrolled student of UCL.
  • All entrants must be the sole owner and author of their entry.
  • All entrants must not have won a previous monthly #LoveUCL competition in the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Eligible entries must:
    • be a photo posted to Instagram
    • have the #LoveUCL hashtag in the post's description
    • capture the dynamism of life at UCL
    • contain original and interesting subject matter
    • demonstrate strong composition.
  • Entrants must provide their full name, course and their photo if selected as a winner.
  • Entrants must agree to the above information and their submitted entry being published in the myUCL student e-newsletter, on UCL's official social media channels, across UCL's websites and in UCL printed and digital publications.

By entering this competition you agree to the rules above, as well as the following terms and conditions.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

Previous competitions


Pictured here is the winner of our 2019-20 #LoveUCL Instagram 'Photo of the Year' competition - recent @BartlettUCL graduate Runsu Hu (@asteria.ssu) - with her creative shot of the main quad from the Portico (view the full photo here). Out of the nine entries, her photo received 21% of the 1,756 votes cast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

#loveUCL 2019-20 Photo of the Year winner, Bartlett graduate Runsu holding her winning photo

Pictured here is the winner of our 2018-19 #LoveUCL Instagram 'Photo of the Year' competition - Saif Masood (UCL Mechanical Engineering) with his wonderful shot of the atrium in the new Student Centre taken not long after it opened (view it on our Instagram channel). His photo received 37% of the 1,629 votes cast on Facebook and Instagram.

2018-19 #loveUCL Photo of the Year winner Saif holding his winning photo

After a year of fantastic submissions from UCL students, the winner of our 2017-18 'Photo of the Year' competition was Shattyk Tastemirova (The Bartlett Development Planning Unit), with a great black and white shot looking out from the portico of the UCL’s Wilkins Building.

View all the shortlisted #loveUCL 'Photo of the Year' photos for 2017-18 on our Instagram channel

2017-18 Love UCL winner and their winning photo

With more than 40% of the 1,652 votes cast on Facebook and Instagram, Shamita Yasna (UCL School of Management) is our #loveUCL Instagram competition 2016-17 winner, with a perfectly framed shot taken in the Main Library.

Our second and third-placed runners-up are Isabelle Arusilor (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture), with a fantastic shot of a sunset in the Main Quad, and Mehmet Davrandi (UCL Eastman Dental Institute), with a stunning composition featuring bacteria growth on an agar plate

loveUCL 2016–17 winner

"UCL has been an amazing part of my journey and to be able to capture such a moment in a frame gives me so much pleasure," said Shamita. "I only wish I could present more stories like this so others would understand how much this university offers. I've loved every moment of being here."


Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, eight images were shortlisted for the chance to be named the overall winner and to receive a £100 Amazon voucher prize.

After an incredibly close vote, Ankit Bhatt (UCL Population Health Sciences) is our #loveUCL Instagram competition 2015-16 winner, polling the most cumulative votes on Facebook and Instagram with a stunning shot taken in the Bloomsbury Theatre - congratulations, Ankit!

#loveUCL Instagram competition 2015-16 overall winner

With roughly 30% of the 1,000 votes cast on Facebook and Instagram, Shafiq Azid (Language Sciences MSc) is this year's overall winner with his striking shot of the Grant Museum of Zoology's Micrarium.

#loveUCL Instagram competition 2014-15 overall winner