In Motion: Imperial 'SeeingHappy' Photography Challenge encourages mindfulness and movement to envision an even brighter future within the Imperial community.

Let's celebrate the best of our community as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, move to commemorate the present, and envision our future together! Show us what makes our Imperial community unique and how we are moving towards an even brighter future. Whether it's everyday happiness, vibrant street art, or people coming together in public spaces, capture the essence of community spirit and progress.

Submit photos with titles and captions showcasing the Imperial community's strengths and aspirations. Share your vision for a future filled with unity, creativity, and positivity.
Prize: A £100 book voucher will be awarded to the contest winner to prototype an idea further. The judges will be determined.
Accepting submissions from 03 April to 03 May 2024 @ 17:00

How it works

How to participate

To submit a photo for the competition:

  1. Ensure the photo is original.
  2. Visit the website
  3. Create an account using your Imperial email address.
  4. Locate the submission “upload a photo” section.
  5. Follow the prompts to upload your photo.
  6. Provide necessary information (title, description, etc.).
  7. Confirm submission.
  8. Await confirmation of successful upload.
  9. The competition photos will be presented at the SeeingHappy @ Imperial Photography Exhibition from May 13 to 15 during the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week, “Movement: Moving more for our mental health.” Visit the SeeingHappy exhibition at the South Kensington campus and find your picture.

Thank you for taking part. We cannot wait to see your photograph!

Selection & eligibility criteria

Selection criteria

The panel of judges will sift submissions against eligibility criteria (see below) and the following themes:

  • Technical skill: What are the technical qualities of the image, including clarity, lighting and framing?
  • Impact: Does the image capture the imagination of the viewer? Is it likely to inspire?
  • Communication: Is the caption accessible to someone outside of the Imperial community? Does it describe the image and its message accurately? Does it complement the image and enhance its impact?

Eligibility criteria

Any member of the Imperial community is invited to participate. When submitting entries,  please use your Imperial email address. 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, amidst unprecedented challenges, the non-profit emerged as a beacon of positivity, celebrating the simple joys that bring light into our lives.

Since May 2021, SeeingHappy has been on a mission to showcase how there is still room for happiness and hope, even in the darkest times. Through thousands of photographs capturing these moments of joy, we've demonstrated that paying attention to the little things can ignite a spiral of optimism, fostering everyday happiness, resilience, and hope.

We want to inspire upward spirals within the Imperial community in conjunction with our upcoming exhibition at Imperial College London.

Behind the Collaboration

This partnership, In Motion: Imperial 'SeeingHappy' Photography Challenge, aligns with Imperial's mission of achieving enduring collaboration, innovation, and excellence for the benefit of society. Just as Imperial strives for innovation, collaboration and excellence in research and education across various disciplines, the prompt encourages celebration and movement to envision an even brighter future within the Imperial community.

Participants showcase the essence of community spirit and progress by capturing everyday happiness and communal gatherings, reflecting Imperial's commitment to innovation and collaboration.

Additionally, the prompt's emphasis on unity, creativity, and positivity mirrors the pillars of success central to Imperial's mission. Moreover, the prize of £100 to further prototype ideas fosters the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit encouraged within the Imperial community, contributing to the ongoing pursuit of excellence and societal impact.

Overall, this partnership is a powerful manifestation of Imperial's mission and values, inspiring individuals to actively shape a better future for themselves and society.

Terms and conditions

  1. It is the responsibility of participants to ensure that the images they are submitting are their own work, that they own the copyright for them and that they do not infringe on the copyright of any third party.
  2. Participants are responsible for ensuring that the images do not infringe on any laws. Copyright for the submitted images remains with their authors. However, by entering the competition, participants are granting SeeingHappy perceptual 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.
  3. Please do not send pictures where people’s faces are visible unless you have written permission.
  4. Read the SeeingHappy T&C and Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Andrea Giraldez-Hayes (