Green Templeton Photography Competition 2020 Opens

The Green Templeton College Photography Competition began in 2009 to showcase the creative talents of the college’s members, and we are pleased to announce the theme and entry details for the 2019/20 competition. Given the current adjustments to our daily lives, this year we are enabling people to continue to take part in the competition wherever they are, and however they are managing under the lockdown measures.


This year’s theme is selfie-isolation.
This year’s competition aims to find the most striking original photograph or photographs that tells a story of adapting and making the most of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic. Entrants can submit up to three photographs as separate entries, or three photos as a triptych (a set of three images connected and intended to be appreciated together).
Photographs submitted can be from during this current period of social distancing and isolation, or from the rest of the preceding academic year. Selfies, landscapes, portraits etc are all welcome; we just want to see creative captures from our Green Templeton community wherever they are!


The competition is open to all current members of Green Templeton College (students, Fellows, Common Room Members, staff and alumni).
Photographs must have been taken during this academic year.

How to enter

Individuals may submit up to three original photographs (with no filters applied) together with brief details of when and where they were taken.
All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
Entries should be sent to by Sunday 31 May 2020.


The judging panel will consist of Green Templeton Artist-in-Residence Weimin He, Research Fellow Dr Charles Roehr, GCR member Davide Bilardi and digital communications officer Georgia Melodie Hole.
The judges will select the winning ‘Judges’ Choice’ photograph(s) which, in their opinion, best illustrates the theme of the competition. They will consider a range of factors including composition, technical ability, originality, and relevance to the theme.
There will also be an ‘audience favourite’ chosen by Green Templeton members by voting online in June. Further details to follow.


The winner will be announced on Friday 26 June 2020, where all entries will be displayed online. The competition judge’s favourite and audience favourite will each receive a cash prize of £150 and have their entry displayed and shared in official college publications.

Consent and Reproduction

Responsibility for ensuring consent of subjects of the picture lie with the photographer.
By submitting photos, individuals agree to Green Templeton reproducing them, including across college publications, the website, and social media pages without a fee. A credit will be given wherever possible.
Please direct any questions to

Hear from previous winners:

The Green Templeton College Photography Competition began in 2009 to showcase the creative talents of the college’s members. It is made possible by the generous support of Dr Elman Poole, a retired neurologist living in Oxford, who has long had an interest in photography.

Theme: College Members at work
Winner: Pedro Stoeckli Pires
Read about last year’s competiton

Pedro Stoeckli, winner of the Green Templeton College 2019 Photography Competition


Theme: Personalities of Green Templeton
Winner: Maria Spiga
Michael by Maria Spiga. Winner of the 2018 Green Templeton College Photography Competition


Theme: Moments I Shall Treasure
Winner: Eva Kohler

Questions about the competition can be directed to the Communications office at said:

“I live in Observer’s House and what I particularly treasure with regards to studying at Oxford is the beautiful view I have when looking out of the window of my room. For me, the photo which shows my friend and Green Templeton College student in a student room in Observer’s House captures the idea of living on the Green Templeton campus – life is strongly characterised by studying but when doing so, there are always the short moments in between in which you can lift your eyes away from your reading list books and take a look at the beautiful Radcliffe Observatory.”

Theme: Green Templeton Looking Out
Winner: Bhagya Sivaraman

Bhagya Sivaraman winner of the 2016 Photography Competition Winner

Bhagya said:

“I took this photograph in December 2015, standing near the designated smoking area close to the Mathematical Institute, opposite the Observatory. The reflection inside the watery eye on a cold, cold sunny morning exposes the elegance and royalty of the Observatory, conveying Green Templeton College ‘looking out’.”


Theme: The Changing Face of Green Templeton College
Winner: Faraz Shibli

Faraz Shibli, Green Templeton Photography Competition Winner 2015

Faraz said:

“I was working late in the library one night when the first snow of winter started to fall. I rushed outside with my South African friend, Roné, who had never before seen snow, and watched the blossom tree catching snowflakes in the McAlpine Quad. Not only did it represent the Changing Face of Green Templeton College in terms of the changing of the seasons, but also the transformation of a less often photographed part of the college’s lovely grounds.”

Theme: Green Templeton College at Work and Play
Winner: Debbie Tolond

2014 Tolond

Theme: Events at Green Templeton College
Winner: Charlotte Koldeweij

Charlotte Koldeweij, winner of 2012 Photography Competition

Theme: A Day in the Life
Winner: Rasmus Hagen

Rasmus Hagen, winner of the 2011 Green Templeton Photography Competition

Theme: Green Templeton College in Autumn
Winner: Debra Farrell

Debra Farrell, winner of the GTC Photography Competition 2010

Theme: Green Templeton in the Winter
Winner: Andrew Fennig

Andrewfennig1 2010











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Created: 30 March 2020