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Are you passionate about photography? 

Enter the competition

Enter the 2020 Mechanical Engineering Photo Competition by filling in the entry form linked below. 

Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2020 at midnight

2020 Photo Competition Entry Form

Our departmental photo competition celebrates the visual side of engineering, and provides an opportunity for people in the department to exhibit their photography work. 

We are looking for images that are visually appealing and original, as well as inspiring and relevant to engineering. The competition is open only to students, staff and alumni from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. 




Entries must be submitted by 15 October 2020 at midnight.  


Submissions format


The only type of images accepted are photographs. Previously published photographs, not created specifically for the competition are also eligible. 

We will only consider entries submitted before the specified deadline through the form provided specifically for this purpose.

Submit your entries as JPEG/JPG files, maximum 3Mb in size, 1000px on the shortest side, and with your name in the title of the file. Please note that if you are selected as a winner, you will need to provide us with a 300dpi resolution file of your image that can be printed in minimum A1 size. 

Each participant can submit up to three entries. 

Images may be black and white or in colour, taken with any kind of camera. Minor adjustments are allowed, such as minor changes in cropping, sharpening, contrast, etc. Significantly altered or artistically enhanced photos are not accepted. The judges may request the original file/RAW/negative of your photo to verify this. 


Competition Criteria


The theme for the 2020 photo competition is:

"Engineering in lockdown"

You are welcome to submit photographs that capture any aspect of Engineering and have been taken between January 2020 and the submission date.

Possible approaches to the given theme could include (but are not limited to):

  • Engineering research, teaching or study under Covid-19 restrictions
  • Engineering and/or manufacturing projects related to the Covid-19 crisis
  • Engineers coping with lockdown
  • Engineering-related images captured at home or in your local area




Based on the votes of our panel of judges, we will publish a shortlist of the top 20 entries on our website.

  • Out of these, our judges will decide the winners of 5 prizes worth £150 each.
  • We will also award a People's Choice prize worth £200 based on audience votes via a designated Qualtrics form.

Winning entries will also be exhibited on our website. We aim to eventually display the work of all photo competition winners on campus, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis we cannot offer a timeline for the time being.

Prizes will only be awarded subject to receiving a high enough number of submissions and their quality standard being sufficient for display. 




Mingxuan Cai- Student Representative

Emeritus Professor David Ewins- Distinguished Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering; founding member of the Imperial Photographic Society 

Honey Salvadori- Professional photographer; evening photography class tutor at Imperial 


Terms and conditions of the competition


It is the responsibility of participants to ensure that the photographs they are submitting are their own work, that they own the copyright for them and that they do not infringe on the copyright or other rights of any third party. 

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure that the images do not infringe any laws and that they have been taken with the consent of anyone who is identifiable in the image, or the consent of their parent/guardian if they are under 18.

Copyright for the submitted images remains with their authors. However, by entering the competition, participants are granting us irrevocable, perpetual permission for non-commercial use of the images online and in print, in any promotional materials related to the competition, and in an exhibition on campus.