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Resources:Framed Photography Competition 

After the success of 2013, the UCL ISR "Resources: Framed" Photography Competition is back for another year. 

The competition is open to all UCL staff and students and entries will be shortlisted by a panel led by Mark Edwards, one of the most widely published photographers in the world and creator of the Hard Rain Project.


  • People's Choice Prize (voted for during the exhibition) - £200 worth of amazon vouchers & framed print
  • Highly Commended (Best Fit to Theme) First Prize - £200 worth of amazon vouchers & framed print. Selected by UCL ISR staff.
  • Runner up (staff and student category) - framed print

A selection of shortlisted images will be displayed in the UCL South Cloisters from 2-28 May 2014. UCL staff, students and UCL visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite picture while they are on display and via our website. All winners will be announced on our website once the display has ended.


2014 Competition: Cultures of Farming

This year the ISR photography competition is inspired by the 2014 UN International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The IYFF aims to raise the profile of family and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture were also highlighted as a priority area during the Rio +20 negotiations, and are like to form key issues within the development of the post-2015 UN development agenda.

The judging panel is looking for thought provoking images that capture this year’s theme of Cultures of Farming. We welcome entries that touch on the multiple scales, cultures and geographies of farming, this may include:

  • Traditional, small-scale farms to large, agroindustrial scale farms
  • The products of farming, including food, fuel, feed, flowers, fabric and/ or fertiliser
  • Marketplaces
  • Agriculture in urban, peri-urban and rural environments
  • Farming in the global North and South

What makes a winning picture? 
"There are no rules when it comes to judging photographs but there are pointers. Is the picture arresting? Does it show you something familiar in a new way? Is the composition elegant – does it direct your eye around the picture in an interesting way? Cartier Bresson, the great French photographer used to look at his photographs upside down to assess the composition. That way he'd see the picture as shapes; he could judge if it held together. But most of all great pictures are memorable; they resonate, you can look at them again and again. Sometimes they turn up by accident; sometimes you have to work extraordinarily hard to track those moments down. When you do and everything comes together in one single, still photograph its worth all the time and effort — and money. Good luck." Mark Edwards, Head Judge

Competition rules:

  • The competition is open to UCL staff and students only. Proof of current staff or student ID may be requested.
  • Entrants can enter a maximum of three images.
  • Entries should relate to the theme of the competition 'Cultures of Farming'
  • This competition closes midnight 28 March 2014
  • Prizes will be awarded in cash-equivalent vouchers.
  • Entries should be emailed to aimee.walker [at] ucl.ac.uk or sent on CD to UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0NN.
  • Each entry must include the photographer’s name, department and position, should be over 2MB but not exceed 10MB and must be saved as JPEG files with the photographer’s email address included in the file name. If the file is too large to email please send via CD or via drop box.
  • All entries must be the original work of the entrant. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained written permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16. Entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges, but the final decision on winning entries will lie with head judge Mark Edwards.
  • UCL reserves the right to ask to see original files of any entries.
  • Entrants will retain copyright of the photographs that they submit. By entering the competition all entrants grant UCL royalty-free non-exclusive licence to publish and exhibit their photographs in print, on their websites or in any other media. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. While we make every effort to credit photographers, we cannot guarantee that every use of the photographs will include photographers' name.
  • Images that are deemed to be inappropriate or in breach of these terms will be disqualified from the competition. This includes images that may be offensive, previously published, copyrighted (by somebody other than the entrant) or otherwise contrary to the spirit of the competition
  • By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules. UCL ISR reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

2013 Competition: Natural Resources in a Human World

Overall Winner

Photographer: Elizabeth Gardner, PhD Candidate,Coastal and Estuarine Research Unit (CERU)UCL Department of Geography

More information about 2013 competition and the runner up and commended photos

winner (c) Elizabeth Gardner, UCL