Sustainability Challenge Photography Competition

The Sustainability Challenge Photography Competition 2022 is now closed for entries

Entries are now closed to our Sustainability Challenge Photography Competition. Shortlisted entries will soon go to a public vote. 

The annual competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at The University of Manchester. If you haven't already, take our Sustainability Challenge on Blackboard and get to grips with sustainability issues.

Voting will take place from 25-29 April 2022.

Entry Requirements

How to enter

  1. Choose a topic - a sustainability issue that's important to you

  2. Take your photograph - use a phone, tablet, analogue camera, digital camera or anything else you can think of

  3. Edit your photo - if you want to, or you can just leave it as it is

  4. Write up 100 words & give your photo a title - describe the issue and any action you have taken to address it

  5. Fill out the image release form - this allows us to share your photo and use it in our marketing. Get the form here.

  6. Submit everything - email your photo (or a link to your photo), your image release form and 100 words to with the subject line 'Sustainability Challenge Photo Competition.' Make sure to include your name, student number and the title of the photo in the email.


  • Entries must be submitted by midnight Friday, 4 March 2022.
  • You must be either an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student currently studying at The University of Manchester
  • Only one entry per person
  • Image entered must be the property of the person entering it in the competition
  • You must have informed consent from any people in photos
  • No photos of under 18s


  • 1st place: £200
  • 2nd place £100
  • 3rd place: £50
  • Runners up: £25

Finalists will receive cash prizes. We will also make a donation of the same amount to a sustainability charity of your choice.

*Sustainability charity can be chosen from a list provided by the Ethical Grand Challenges Team* 

How to vote

Shortlisted photos will be put to an online vote from Monday, 25 - Friday 29 April 2022.

You can cast your vote for your favourite photos through two different ways:


Monday, 25 - Friday 29 April 2022
Simply 'like' your favourite photo on The University of Manchester's Facebook page.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022
Choose your favourite photo in our Instagram story poll for one day only!

Winners will be announced at the Making a Difference Awards.