Photo Contest 2024 Submissions

Please note: The submission deadline is 4pm Febuary 16, 2024  New Deadline: 4pm on March 1!


Summary of Contest

Welcome to the Photo Contest of 2024!

We invite all photography enthusiasts and creative minds to participate in this exciting event, where you'll have the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and showcase your photography skills while exploring the themes of literature, language, and culture. This contest is your canvas for storytelling through the lens of your camera. The categories are listed below:

    1. Intercultural Moments
    2. Intimate Spaces Across Cultures
    3. Journey of Languages
    4. Literary Escapes


Steps to Take to Participate 

Step 1: Review contest rules and regulations as below.
Step 2: Submit your photo(s) with the Photo Release Form under "Assignments" on the 2024 L&C Photo Contest site through OWL. Participants will receive an email notification when the submission has been received. Once the submission deadline has passed, a panel of judges will review and evaluate all entries. 
Step 3: Winners will be notified in May 2024 via email. With the winners’ Photo Release Form, winners will also be announced via the Department website and Instagram account. 
See below for full contest rules and regulations:


• This contest is open to any student currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at Western University.

• Up to one submission per category per person.

• By entering the contest, participants declare that the photograph(s) submitted is(are) an original work of their own creation.

• If the photograph includes people, participants must confirm that they have the permission of the individuals present in the photograph to share their image. This includes obtaining consent when photographing private property.

• Submitting a winning photo from a previous contest will result in an automatic disqualification.

Submission Details

• Participation in this contest may require personal information to be collected such as an email address and/or contact name which may contain identifying information. This information will be stored on the secure Western University network.osijodijsodij

• Entries will be submitted to the Languages and Cultures Photo Contest site using Western's learning management system OWL.  

• The OWL system has been formally reviewed by Western University’s Technology Risk Assessment Committee.

• Instructions for OWL can be found here:

• Participants will be prompted to log in with their Western username and password, then select Join for the Languages and Cultures Photo Contest OWL site to continue.

Selection Process

Photos will be evaluated and judged by a jury panel consisting of various members of the Department of Languages and Cultures and/or the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. If any category receives 50 or more submissions, the Languages and Cultures Outreach Committee will do a pre-selection of the images to be sent for evaluation to the jury panel.

Prizes and Exhibition 

  1. One CAD$150 prize for each category 
  2. One CAD$150 prize for People’s Choice 
  3. Winning photos will be displayed virtually on our Department website, with consent.  


This contest held by the Department of Languages & Cultures at Western University. Any questions can be directed to Undergraduate Assistant, Erika Gu at