Photo Contest

Welcome to the Languages and Cultures Photo Contest 2020-21! 

We are now accepting submissions of your photos. Read below for full contest rules and regulations.

Eligibility & Consent

Any student currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programming at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). Up to one submission per category per person. By entering the contest, you declare that the photograph(s) submitted is(are) an original work of your own creation. You represent and warrant that submission of the photograph(s) does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the UWO/Languages and Cultures. You will hold UWO/Languages and Cultures harmless of any claims from third parties related to your contest entry. If your photograph includes personal details about any individual(s), including images of people, you confirm that you have the permission of the individuals whose details are present in the photograph to share their data. By participating in the Languages and Cultures Photo Contest, you grant Languages and Cultures unlimited non-exclusive use of any photos submitted (whether selected as a winning entry or not) for activities in all media, including websites, social media accounts, print materials, advertising, and event posters without any remuneration being due. By submitting your entry, you give your consent for your name, photograph, and photograph description to be publicly shared. Submitting a winning photo from a previous contest will result is an automatic disqualification.


Submit your photo to using your Western email address along with your name, student number, title of photograph, category, and brief description (why it applies to category). Images should be maximum resolution provided by device.


Intercultural Moments
Journey of Languages

Intimate Spaces Across Cultures
Literary Escapes


There will be one CAD$150 first place prize per category (listed above).

Selection Process

Photos for each of the four categories will be evaluated and judged by the Department of Languages and Cultures Outreach Committee to determine the winners. 


Submission deadline: February 28th, 2021

Dates are subject to change.


Please contact or Professor Yasaman Rafat

Good luck! 



Past Contest Winners

View the winners from the 2014-15 Photo Contest
View the winners from the 2015-16 Photo Contest
View the winners from the 2016-17 Photo Contest
View the winners from the 2017-18 Photo Contest
View the winners from the 2018-19 Photo Contest
View the winners from the 2019-20 Photo Contest