Green Templeton Photography Competition 2021

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Cameras at the ready! We’ve got all the details for the Green Templeton College Photography Competition 2021!


This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating the New Normal’.

It’s been a strange and unprecedented year for all of us with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting almost every aspect of our normal lives. While acknowledging the difficult times many of us have faced, the judges want to use the opportunity of this year’s competition to find the most striking and original image celebrating the ‘new normal’.

Who can enter

This competition is open to all members of the Green Templeton community including students, Fellows, Common Room Members, Research Associates, Associate Members, alumni and staff.

What’s the prize?

The winning entry will receive a £150 cash prize.

Competition rules

  • Individuals may submit up to three original photographs (no filters applied).
  • Selfies, landscapes, portraits etc. all welcome!
  • Photographs must have been taken during this academic year.
  • You must have the consent of any individuals pictured in your photographs.
  • All entries must be the entrant’s original work and not infringe rights of other parties.

How to enter

The competition opens on Monday 19 April at 00:01 and closes on Sunday 23 May at 23:59.

Please submit your entry to together with brief details of when and where the photograph(s) was taken.

The winner will be announced as part of Green Templeton’s Giving Day 2021, which takes place from Tuesday 1 to Wednesday 2 June 2021.

Judging panel

The judging panel will consist of:

The judges will select a winning photograph which, in their opinion, best illustrates the theme of the competition. They will consider factors including composition, technical ability, originality and relevance to the theme.

Consent and reproduction

Responsibility for ensuring consent of any subjects of the picture lies with the photographer. By submitting photographs, individuals agree to Green Templeton reproducing the photographs across college platforms including but not limited to social media, the college website and printed materials, without a fee. A credit will be given wherever possible.

Previous entries

The Green Templeton College Photography Competition has been running since 2009, thanks to the generous support of the late neurologist Dr Elman Poole, who held a long interest in photography.

Here’s a selection of previous winners from across the years.

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2020: Selfie-Isolation. Winner: Lore Purroy Sanchez. ‘These paper boats were on the bridge in the direction to Port Meadow during the pandemic.’

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

2019: College Members at Work. Winner: Pedro Stoeckli Pires. ‘During [this recital by Musician-in-Residence Maki Sekiya] she would play complex harmonies in such a fast manner it sounded like two people were playing at once. When I took this picture it seemed to represent that feeling well, as if there were two Maki playing together in that room.’

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

2018: Personalities of Green Templeton. Winner: Maria Spiga

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2017: Moments I Shall Treasure. Winner: Eva Kohler. ‘The photo 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.’

Bhagya Sivaraman winner of the 2016 Photography Competition Winner

2016: Green Templeton Looking Out. Winner: Bhagva Sivaraman. ‘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.’

Faraz Shibli, Green Templeton Photography Competition Winner 2015

2015: The Changing Face of Green Templeton. Winner: Faraz Shibli. ‘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.’

Charlotte Koldeweij, winner of 2012 Photography Competition

2012: Events at Green Templeton College. Winner: Charlotte Koldeweij

Rasmus Hagen, winner of the 2011 Green Templeton Photography Competition

2011: A Day in the Life. Winner: Rasmus Hagen

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Created: 19 April 2021

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