In August 2021 MEdIC at Imperial College London (Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre) ran the Global Unity Creative Competition.

Medical students from around the world were invited to submit creative responses on the theme of Global Unity. Students could submit creative work including painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, graphic art, comics, photography, textiles, short film, animation, music and spoken word. 

We also asked that students submit a short written reflection detailing why they have made the piece, what it means to them personally and how this reflects the theme of global unity. 

We were overwhlemed by the response of our worldwide community of students and their incredible creative talents. It was a real challenge for our shortlisting team to narrow down the finalists.  

The winners were decided by audience vote at the online awards ceremony on Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 1.00pm GMT. You can watch the ceremony again on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/Xxcx7Zv9G5c

Congratulations to our winners Aashley Muthuri (University Of Nairobi, Kenya) and Zainab Ifthikar (Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia) and to Lloyd Anicier Barba (Far Eastern University, Philippines) and Bongkem Sylvie Kathleen Fomum (Catholic University Of Cameroon (CATUC) who were voted runners-up .


To see the winning entries from the 2020 competition and to watch the awards ceremony, please click here

Who is eligible to enter?
Any student across the world currently studying medicine

What do I need to submit?
1. Title of your piece

2. Upload your work
Your creative response on the theme of Global Unity. This could be a painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, graphic art, comics, photography, textiles, short film, animation, music, spoken word or similar.

  • Images must be in .jpg, .tiff or .png format only (min. dimensions 1080px x 1080px)
  • Video and audio files must be .mp3, .mp4, or .mov only (max duration 2 minutes) 
  • Video and audio can be an excerpt from a longer piece. 
  • Maximum file size: 200mb

3. Reflective explanation of your submission – maximum 200 words outlining why you chose it and what it means to you personally and how it reflects the theme of Global Unity.

Can I submit an entry in my preferred language?
Submissions in your preferred language are welcome. We ask that also you provide an English translation. For example, if you submit an animation in your preferred language, please include English subtitles as part of the piece. 

Can I submit the reflection in my preferred language?
Yes. Please note that reflections will be translated into English using Google Translate. If you would like, you may also submit your own English translation. 

Can I submit a piece of writing or poem?
This year we are focusing on visual and audio submissions. However, you could submit a poem if it takes the form of video or spoken word audio recording.

When is the deadline for submission?
The competition has now closed for this year.
When is the prize giving – will I need to attend in person?
The virtual awards ceremony will take place in November 2021. Should you win, you will not be required to attend in person.

What are the terms and conditions of entry?
Please click here to read the full terms and conditions of entry.