UCL Urban Laboratory


UCL Urban Lab Photo Competition 2020: ‘Waste’

20 April 2020

UCL Urban Laboratory invites all UCL staff and students to enter its photography competition highlighting our current annual theme 'Waste'.

Photo by Christophe Delory

We are accepting original photographs connected to the theme of 'waste' in urban contexts. A prize to the value of £100 will be awarded by our judging panel to the submission deemed the most exemplary. Three runner-up prizes to the value of £20 are also offered.

UCL Urban Lab and the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies have been collaborating this year on a joint thematic focus exploring concepts and practices of ‘waste’ from multi-disciplinary perspectives across the arts, humanities, and social, natural and medical sciences. Urban Lab is particularly interested in the place of waste in cities and urban experience, including: wastelands and waste ‘space’; waste management; waste and the environment; waste and technology; waste and time; people, bodies and waste; uses of waste; definitions of waste etc. For a wider list of potential themes, visit our Waste portal.

Please submit up to one photograph in the form below or via this link as a JPEG file not exceeding 10MB by midday (BST) on Sunday 17 May 2020. You must also include a short caption of up to 200 words. To access the form you must sign in using your UCL email address (i.e. userid[at]ucl.ac.uk).

The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16. Submitted photographs may be used on the UCL Urban Lab website and in future publicity and exhibitions. Please see the full terms and conditions.

Please ensure that in the current Covid-19 (coronavirus) global pandemic you comply with the restrictions imposed by governments and local authorities to prevent the spread of infection wherever you are located, and do not take any actions that might endanger yourself or others.

The key judging criteria will be:

  • visual quality of the image
  • relevance to theme
  • originality of interpretation

The judging panel will comprise of:

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Image credit: Wasteland in Chennai by Christophe Delory