Photo Contest

Thank you for submitting your photos! We received so many wonderful images, accompanied by insightful descriptions. We'd like to thank each and every one of you who participated and submitted a photo or photos.

In light of the recent events due to Covid-19, the photo exhibition and winners announcement will be indefinitely postponed. Once we have more information on how to proceed, we will share updates accordingly. 



Any student currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programming at the University of Western Ontario. 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. If your photograph includes people, you confirm that you have the permission of the individuals present in the photograph to share their image. By participating in the Languages and Cultures Photo Contest, contestants agree to grant Languages and Cultures use of any photos submitted (whether selected as a winning entry or not) for the MLL website, social media accounts, print materials, advertising, or event posters. 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.


Study Abroad: What images caught your eye while travelling as a Western student? Share your experiences (and don't forget to include the name of the course)!
Literature as Inspiration: Is reading a passion? How can a book or a poem 'look'? Can an image help us reminisce about a favourite verse or a passage?
Portraits of Language: Simply an excuse to think about language and communication...but visually.
Intercultural Moments: Send us a snapshot that captures the interconnectedness of the world that we live in.


There will be one CAD$150 first place prize per category (listed above), plus one CAD$150 prize for a 'People's Choice' category.

Selection Process

Photos for each of the four categories will be evaluated and judged by a jury panel consisting of various members of Languages and Cultures and/or the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (faculty and staff). The 'People's Choice' winner will be determined by physical ballot during the exhibition phase. 

If any category receives 50 or more submissions, the MLL Outreach Committee will do a pre-selection of the images to be sent for evaluation to the jury panel.


Contest start date: January 13th, 2020

Submission deadline: February 28th, 2020

Exhibition in UC: Beginning week of March 16th, 2020 - POSTPONED (TBA)

Winners announced: April 1st, 2020

Dates are subject to change.

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