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2012 Google Photography contest for Students- Undergraduate & Graduate

Google Photography Prize: Google challenge you to come up with photographs that will make us laugh, cry, listen, hop on a plane, start a conversation, or start a revolution.

In the first 100days since the creation of Google+ community, more than 3.4 billion photos have been uploaded to the platform by users. In other to help boost exposure for great arts, Google is teaming up with Saatchi Gallery, London to offer the Google Photography Prize; a chance for students around the world, including across Africa, to showcase their photos on Google+ and have their work exhibited at a major art institution. The contest is open to university students around the world (with few exceptions, see eligibility below).

There are 10 different categories (see below) to spark your imagination. And there are some great prizes to be won.


To be eligible to enter the Contest, you must be:

  • 18 years or older on the submission date and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate course at any higher education institute, college, the equivalent of college, graduate school, or trade school (“Higher Education Institution”) around the world including Africa;
  • not a resident of Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Libya, Liberia, Zimbabwe, or Myanmar (Burma);
  • have access to the Internet as of 10 November 2011; and
  • able to attend the private exhibition and announcement of the Contest winner, on or around 23 May 2012 at Saatchi Gallery, London in the UK.

Entrants may be asked to submit original electronic files/negatives of their photographs; failure to do so may result in disqualification from the Contest.

How to Enter

No purchase necessary to enter or win. To enter the contest, visit the Contest page.

Pick just one of the ten categories, share up to eight of your best shots in a public Google+ album and complete the submission form by January 31, 2012.

1. Submit your photos to Google+

Sign into your Google+ account. If you don’t have an account sign up for one here.

Go to your home page, click on the camera icon in your Stream, and create an album (1 entry per person, 1 category per entry, max 8 shots).
Name it: Google Photography Prize.

Please ensure you keep the original photographs as it will be required if you make the final shortlist!

In the description field, add the relevant hash-tag of the category you are entering (e.g. #travelgpp, all hashtags are here) . Make the album Public and share it.

2. Fill out the Submission Form

Photograph Requirements

The Photographs must meet the “Photograph Requirements,” described below.

Limit one (1) entry per person. Subsequent entries will be disqualified.

Team entries and entries on behalf of entities are void.

All entries must be received by the deadline period.

Entries are void if they are in whole or part illegible, incomplete, damaged, counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late.

All entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the account used to submit the Photographs at the time of entry, and the potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder for that account.

Contestants are advised to follow Google+ content policies when sharing your photos.

Contest Period/ Deadline

The Contest begins on 10 November 2011 and closes on January 31, 2012.

You can see a list of winners after May 23, 2012 on the contest page

Contest Winners Prizes

In addition to having your photos displayed online, there are some great prizes to be won.

Top 100 entries

A Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone

Top 10 Finalists

Finalists’ work will be shown at Saatchi Gallery, London for two months which will coincide with the exhibition ‘Out of Focus: Photography’. This will be an exciting opportunity to have your work exhibited alongside that of photographers such as Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, JH Engstrom and Katy Grannan.

You and your +1 will also win a trip to London to attend the exhibition opening.

Grand Prize

In addition to the exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London the winner will go on a once-in-a-lifetime photography trip to a destination of their choice with a professional photography coach.

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  1. Gbenga says

    Wow! I’m gonna love this. I can’t wait to take part.

  2. J.J says

    wow this is going to be very interesting but a pity that am not up to 18!!!!
    Pls, is there any other for students under 18 like age group 16 – 18

    1. Ajide says

      Hello guys check out details on the 2011 national youth contest at

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