Undergrad Photo Contest

Calling all shutterbugs!

Whether you use a DSLR or a camera phone, we want to see Stanford through your viewfinder. Submit your best Stanford photos and Show Us Your Stanford!

Review contest guidelines carefully below, and check out our gallery of winning photos. Contest winners will be notified by the end of Spring Quarter each year.

Photo above by Jade Goodwill, Spring 2018.

Submission Process

  1. SNAP A PHOTO: Take photos of Stanford scenes, activities and events.
  2. CHOOSE A CATEGORY: You can enter your photo under any one of the five categories described below.
  3. SUBMIT: Submit your photos through our online web form (you will be prompted to log in). You will be asked to agree to a photo release so that we can feature your photo in our web and print publications! The Winter Quarter deadline to submit entries is March 29, 2020.
  4. WIN: Category winners will be featured on the Undergrad website. Their photos will additionally be considered alongside those of the other finalists for a Grand Prize, which will be selected by a panel of judges at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. All prizes will be announced during Spring Quarter.

Submit Winter Quarter photos by March 29, 2020!

Contest Overview

The Undergrad Photo Contest is a way for you to show us—and the rest of the student body—your Stanford life. We will be awarding prizes for each of 5 categories:

 Breaking Ground.

The Arts

What counts as art? Show us! Send in photos of your friends and peers engaged in creative pursuits. This includes everything from spontaneous late night jam sessions to the capstone creative project you've been working on all year. Examples: painting, performing, recording, sculpting, creative writing, sound art, photography...

Students speaking with professor in a THINK class. Photo from VPUE catalog.

Learning in action

What does learning look like at Stanford? Send in photos of your academic pursuits both inside and outside of the classroom. Examples: Study sessions, lectures, meetings with advisors, classes, workshops, presentations, tutoring at the Hume Center, PWR, Thinking Matters, IntroSems, ESF, ITALIC, SIMILE...

Students at a football game. Photo by Elena Leon

a Day in the life 

What does your typical day look like? Take us behind the scenes. Examples: hanging out with friends, going to a game, happenings in White Plaza, student group meetings, campus traditions...

Solar car race. Photo by Eric Thong.

Off Campus

Get outside of the Stanford bubble! Submit photos of field trips, internships, Alternative Spring Break adventures, Stanford in Washington, study abroad, local excursions...

Students looking at the moon. Photo by Alex Simon.

Technical skill: loving light

"Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman, founder of Kodak
Take photos with light in mind -- the rest is up to you.

The Fine Print: Rules and Requirements

  • Only Stanford undergraduates enrolled during the respective quarters are eligible to win. 
  • Photo file names must include Quarter, Category, and Photographer name.
  • Please do not submit photos previously submitted to the Undergrad Photo Contest or owned by another organization. 
  • Students may submit up to 10 photos per category. Use your artistic judgement and send us only your very best work! 
  • Students submitting photographs agree to a photo release while entering photos into the contest. If there are any questions or concerns about permissions and image rights, please contact undergradhelp@lists.stanford.edu

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