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#LoveUCL Instagram competition

Enter our monthly #LoveUCL student photo competition on Instagram in the 2022-23 academic year and be in with a chance to win a Love2Shop voucher!

Vines in bright shades of red, yellow and orange cover the side of a building at UCL. Photo by @husseinnagree
Each month from October 2022 to the end of May 2023 you could win a £25 Love2shop voucher and have your photo featured on the UCL Instagram account! If you win one of the eight monthly competitions you will also be in with the chance to win one of three prizes in our Photo of the Year competition in June 2023!

To enter, simply post an original photo of yours showcasing life at UCL to Instagram with the #LoveUCL hashtag between the start of 1 October 2022 and 31 May 2023 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 of each monthly competition will be chosen by a vote by our Instagram followers so make sure you're following us. The winner of the Photo of the Year competition will be chosen by a vote across our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

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The monthly competitions will start and end on these dates:

  • October competition: 12:01am (BST), 1 October 2022 - 11:59pm (GMT), 31 October 2022
  • November competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 November 2022 - 11:59pm (GMT), 30 November 2022
  • December competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 December 2022 - 11:59pm (GMT), 31 December 2022
  • January competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 January 2023 - 11:59pm (GMT), 31 January 2023
  • February competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 February 2023 - 11:59pm (GMT), 28 February 2023
  • March competition: 12:01am (GMT), 1 March 2023 - 11:59pm (BST), 31 March 2023
  • April competition: 12:01am (BST), 1 April 2023 - 11:59pm (BST), 30 April 2023
  • May competition: 12:01am (BST), 1 May 2023 - 11:59pm (BST), 31 May 2023

Photo of the Year Competition

In June 2023 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 Love2shop voucher, second place receving a £50 Love2shop voucher, and third place claiming a £25 Love2shop 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 2022-23 academic year.
  • Eligible entries must:
    • be a photo posted to Instagram
    • have the #LoveUCL hashtag in the post's caption
    • 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


The winner of our 2021-22 #LoveUCL student 'Photo of the Year' competition is MSc Data Science for Cultural Heritage (@thebartlettucl) student Yunfei Gao (@meteor_gao) for his dramatic long exposure shot of the Portico at night (view the photo on Instagram). Out of the 8 contestants, his photo received 21% of the 1,969 votes cast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

View all 8 winners of our monthly competitions for 2021-22 on our Instagram account, including second place, Amitoj Kaur (@este_viajero, MSc Advanced Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal) and third place, Tessia Zachariah (@tess.zach, MArch Arhictectural Design).

LoveUCL Competition Winner 2021-22 Yunfei Gao

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