OGPS Photo Contest | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

OGPS Photo Contest

Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019


The Office of Graduate Studies is excited to announce the return of the Graduate Photo Competition. Enter for your chance to win one of three $500 prizes (1st Place) or one of three $200 prizes (2nd place). Winning photos may appear in the future Graduate Studies View Book, or in other print/online publications from OGS.

This year we are looking for authenticity. We want to see behind the scenes into the life and work of our graduate students.  You can enter your photos in one of these three categories:

  • In The Field -  from leading a bunch of kids in a community event, to literally working in a field, we want to see you out in the world working on your research and projects.
  • In The Lab - open those doors and let us into the minutiae of your work in the lab. Show us your passion for discovery!
  • On Campus - people interacting, working in your studio, landscapes and close-up details of our beautiful campus and facilities.

Judges will be looking for image quality, emotional impact, and creativity – show us what you've got.


Each category will have a Grand Prize of $500 and a second place prize of $200.
Prizes will be credited on your student account against tuition for the fall 2020 semester.  Once again we will also include a community choice award for the top  winner in each category.  

Entry Deadline EXTENDED: October 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST

The Requirements:

  • Participants must be a currently registered graduate student at the University of Guelph at the time of the photo submission.
  • You must submit your entries and photos by October 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Maximum of 3 photos per category.
  • Photos must be at least 1200 x 900 pixels and no smaller than 600KB.  Do not submit screenshots, they will not be accepted.
  • Minimal digital alterations are allowed (colour correction, contrast, etc.) but compositional changes, as well as added watermarks, dates or signatures will not be accepted.
  • Remember your audience… photos that are illegal, defamatory, or in any way obscene, will be disqualified.
  • Your entries will be submitted through our online submission process.
  • You can enter from December 6, 2019 to October 30, 2020.

The “Copyright/Permissions”:

  • Get Consent. You will require the consent of all individuals who are included in the photo by having each individual complete the Photo Release Form. This form should be submitted at the same time as the application and photographs. If the photo is taken in a restricted location such as a locked laboratory, you will need consent from the individuals who supervise the location featured in the photo.
  • The submitted photo must never have been previously published, exhibited publicly, or selected as a winner in any other contest. All photos submitted become the property of the University of Guelph. Entries not complying with these contest rules will be disqualified.
  • Entrants grant the University the right in perpetuity to publish and use their photos, as is or as may be edited in the University’s sole discretion, accompanied by the entrant’s full name and name of academic program in any advertising and promotion by the University without further compensation, including but not limited to University’s websites, social media pages, brochures or any form of media in Canada and throughout the world. Entrants agree to assign all intellectual property rights including copyright, and waive all moral rights in and to the photo in favour of the University.

The “Legal”:

  1. Taxes on prizes may be the sole responsibility of the winners. If the winner is a minor, such winner’s parent or legal guardian must accept the prize on his/her behalf.
  2. No correspondence will be entered into except with the selected winners. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws. Void where prohibited by law. The decisions of the contest judges with respect to all aspects of this contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal.
  3. By entering the contest selected winners agree to comply with these official contest rules and agree to the publication, reproduction, and/or other use of his/her name, and/or personal photograph or other likeness without further compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by the University in any manner whatsoever, including print, broadcast, or digital.
  4. The University reserves the right to withdraw or amend this contest in any way, in the event of an error, technical problem, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the University that interferes with the proper conduct of this contest as contemplated by these rules. The University reserves the right to cancel or suspend this contest in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error of any kind without prior notice or obligation.
  5. The University reserves the right to withhold awards if the entries received are not considered of sufficient standard.
  6. By entering this contest, each entrant expressly consents to the University, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing, and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry only for the purpose of administering the contest and in accordance with the University’s privacy policy, unless the entrant otherwise agrees.

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