LU Arts Photography Competition


Do you love to capture the world around you in photographs? Then LU Arts would like to invite you to enter our campus photography competition. All staff and students are welcome to join, whether you’re an experienced photographer or enthusiastic rookie.

LU Arts are looking for photographs that convey how you see the campus and campus life. Whether you choose to show the architecture or the landscape; the life of staff or students; a lecture hall or student party; a brutalist building or a modern design; we want it all to be caught on camera! 

You can submit a maximum of three photographs for a chance to win a maximum first prize of £300, plus a chance to be published on the LU Arts/RADAR Flickr page and feature in the Freefest exhibition later in the year.

All entries should be submitted by e-mailing them to or sending them using by no later than 20th February. Full terms and conditions are available here:

EThOS Share My Thesis Competition


The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

The competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information. It is generously supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae, and there are some great prizes.

The competition closes on 9 February, when eight entries will be shortlisted and invited to expand their tweet into a blog post. Entries are flooding in already, and you can see them all here:

For further details, visit the competition page on the British Library website here:


Library Gallery Now Open!

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We’re very proud to announce that we’ve just launched our very own Library art gallery, containing many of the winning images from Library photo & image competitions held down the years, as well as artwork by the Library artist-in-resident.

The gallery can be found in the stairwell between level 3 and 4 on staircase ‘B’ (those are the stairs closest to the PC Clinic). We will be changing the images on display periodically, so come back often to see what’s new!

Win £1000 of Book Tokens

nbt_logo_newWant to avoid the rush for reading list textbooks in the Library, but are put off by the cost of actually buying them yourself? Then why not have a go at winning £1000 worth of Book Tokens and get them for free!

All you have to do is visit this link ( ) and simply enter your details (or that of a friend or family member) and you’ll be entered into a draw to win £1000 of Book Tokens, which can used online and in thousands of book shops over the country.

You can also follow the course of the competition via the National Book Tokens own Twitter feed here:

Closing date for entries is October 9th.

And the Winners Are…

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Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Library image competition! Pictured above (from left to right) are Mark (runner-up), Felipe (first prize) and Sumath (one of the finalists), who received their prizes at a short presentation in the Library yesterday afternoon. The winning image is now pride of place as the new cover photo on our Facebook page.

Many, many thanks to everybody who took part in both the competition – we received some wonderful images which we’ll be keeping on hand for use in other Library promotions in the near future.

Library Image Contest – Voting Now Open!

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After much deliberation and soul-searching, we’ve finally narrowed down all the wonderful entries from this year’s Library Image Competition to a selection of twelve – and now we cordially invite YOU to help us judge the ultimate winner by voting NOW on our Facebook page!

To enter, simply open the album containing the entries by clicking on one of the images on the page, and then hit the ‘Like’ button on whichever picture you… well, like! You can do this to as many of the images in the album as you like – it’s completely up to you!

We’ll be counting up the votes and announcing the eventual winner and runner-up before the end of term, so watch this space!

A massive THANK YOU to everybody who participated in this year’s contest – we had some truly marvellous images submitted by some obviously very creative people. We’re just sorry you can’t all be winners!

Follow the link below to visit our Facebook page and make your vote:

Library Image Contest – Last Chance to Enter!

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Thanks to everybody who have so far submitted to this year’s image contest – closing date is this Friday, 16th May, so if you’re still pondering over whether or not to have a go (go on, you know you want to!), you’ve still got time to enter for a chance to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Entry details and full terms and conditions can be found here:

Make It Snappy and Win £100 in Our Image Competition!

photo competition Final Design

Can you make our Facebook page more inviting? Help us out and win Amazon vouchers worth £100!

Every year the Library holds an image competition and this year the focus is to find a new image we can use for our Facebook cover photo.

We are keen to make sure our presence on Facebook is useful, providing news and information about our services but we also want it to be eye catching, engaging and relevant for students, staff and prospective students and this is where you come in.

Maybe you want us to highlight the many resources we have, show off our newly refurbished space or perhaps you simply want us to be more fun.

Whatever your take, we want your images!

Our 2014 competition will run from April 28th to May 16th 2014.

  • Entrants can submit up to 3 of your own images as JPEGS, in colour or black and white between 1Mb and 3mB (1200×900 pixels to 2048×1536 pixels).
  • Each entry must have a title and location and may include an optional description.
  • There are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements of images.
  • The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
  • Entrants have to obtain permission from any people used in their entry for their image to be included.

When images are submitted, entrants to the competition should provide their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and also their position in the University and where the photo was taken. The University Library will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.

We will select a number of images to go on our Facebook page and then we will invite votes to select the winning image. Selection will take place at the end of May and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.

The winning entry will receive £100 Amazon vouchers. The runner up £50 Amazon vouchers and all those whose images appear on Facebook for the vote will recieve £20 Amazon vouchers.

Entries should be sent as an email attachment to by no later than May 16th 2014.

Further terms and conditions can be found here:

Good luck!

Help Innovate the British Library and win £3000!

BL_labs_pictureThe British Library have just launched a competition inviting proposals for an innovative project utilising their vast digital collection. The eventual winner will receive £3000 and a residency at the British Library while their project is implimented.

The Labs competition is designed to attract scholars, explorers, trailblazers and software developers who see the potential for new and innovative research and development opportunities lurking within the British Library’s immense digital collections. Through soliciting imaginative and transformative projects utilising this content entrants will be giving the British Library a steer as to the types of new processes, platforms, arrangements, services and tools needed to make it more accessible.

A virtual discussion about the competition is being held this Friday (17th May) using Google Hangout should you wish to find out more. Full details and terms & conditions of the contest are also available via British Library website here:

Capture Our Transformation Imagination and Win an i-Pad!


Our popular annual prize photography competition has been launched again, and the theme of this year’s contest is – surprise surprise! – transforming the Library.

Since 2010 the Library has run photography/image competitions and this year the focus will be offering a fantastic opportunity to University staff and students to produce the images that will be used in the refurbished Library. The general theme will be ‘Transforming the Library’ and is open to individual interpretation. This competition provides a great opportunity for those chosen to have their work displayed to a large number of people in the prestigious state of the art Library refurbishment which will be completed over the summer for grand re-opening in October.

By way of further incentive, first prize is an i-Pad, with the two next best runners-up receiving Amazon vouchers.

Entries should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Steve Corn, Loughborough University Library, ( He can be contacted on 01509 222338 for any questions relating to the competition. All entries will be judged by the Library’s Marketing and Publications Group and bluu, the building company responsible for the refurbishment. They will consider a range of factors including composition, technical ability, originality and interpretation of the brief.

The competition will be open until midnight on the 17th May 2013.

Full terms and conditions are available on the Library website here:

Good luck – and happy snapping!