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imagenation is our biennial competition where students and alumni from all corners of the globe celebrate the beauty and diversity of our planet through photography.

Imagenation5 competition collection of photos
'It really is amazing to see all the talent that is out there among our institutions' staff and students alike': imagenation5 judges 2016.

Calling all aspiring photographers...

Are you a University of London student or alumni? If so, we’d like you to get involved!

The University of London is running its sixth photo competition, imagenation6. Following on from the success of our past competitions, we’re back, bigger and better for 2018.

This year, we’ve opened up the theme and are giving you the opportunity to enter across four different categories:

1. People and Culture

Show us images that highlight the diversity, multiculturalism and uniqueness of life, no matter where you live in the world.

2. The Natural World

From animals, wildlife, landscapes, flowers and fauna, to majestic mountains; give us your interpretation of nature at it’s best.

3. Street Life

Urbanscapes, observational photography, city scenes…inspire us with street photography and the insights it can uncover.

4. Travel

There’s a world out there to explore  – on your doorstep or 10,000 km away. Expand our horizons with your view of the world.

We are challenging you to creatively capture shots that celebrate the beauty and diversity of our planet through beautiful photography.

Enter now for your chance to win in one of the four categories, plus a chance to be featured in the 2019 University of London calendar. You can submit up to two photographs in total.

There are five opportunities to win! One first prize winner in each of the four categories will receive a £500 Amazon Gift Card. There will also be one People’s Choice winner, who will receive a £100 Amazon Gift Card.

So whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, get ready to snap happy!

The deadline to enter imagenation6 is Monday 29 October 2018.

How to enter

Please read the rules and submit your images with your entry form:

See the winning and commended photos from imagenation5

We had some amazing images, and you can click through the gallery below to see all the winning and highly commended photos from the imagenaton5 competition.

Children playing in the river in Bangladesh, photo by Yeoh Pho Saun

The People's Choice - Top voted winning photo 2016

Happy Moments. The Joy of the Children by Yeoh Pho Saun. This river scene features the life in the rural areas of Ulu Paip Forest Reserve, Kedah, Malaysia.

The holi girl: 1st place by Mohammad Sarfaraz Hyder 2016

The holi girl: Winner 1st choice

The Holi festival in Dhaka by Mohammad Sarfaraz Hyder: 'I wanted to capture the colourfulness of the festival as well as the intensity of the celebrations'.

School girl - Child bride: Winner 2nd choice

Erin Koenig took this photo of newly engaged 12-year old Bimulye who was soon to leave school to join her husband’s family in Southern Ethiopia.

Eloquence: Third place winner by Mohammad Ali Hassan: Imagenation5

Eloquence: Winner 3rd choice

Mohammad Ali Hassan took this photo in the Kalash Valley in northern Pakistan where he had an amazing experience during his visit.

Home, in colours by Bernardina Cerlek: Highly commended, Imagenation5

Home, in colours: Highly commended

Bernardina Cerlek’s photo was taken in her Croatian hometown where the local people use little boats on the Neretva river.

A vulnerable child sitting on the coast of Ghania

Missed opportunities: Highly commended

This photo by Abigail Aba Sekyi-Aidoo depicts one of the deprived and vulnerable children living along the coast of Ghana.

Graffiti in Penang: Highly commended: by Raul Miguel

Graffiti in Penang: Highly commended

Raul Miguel captured Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic’s street art installation in Georgetown, Malaysia.

Serenity: Highly commended by Assad Kamal

Serenity: Highly commended

‘It was our first week in Pakistan where power outages are common’: Assad Kamal captured his sister falling asleep under the soft light from the window.

Traditional bakery: Highly commended by Lo Wing Hong

Traditional bakery: Highly commended

Lo Wing Hong photo depicts life in the kitchen and the way traditional Chinese pastries are still handmade.

Heads up! Highly commended by Muhammad Aamir Zargham

Heads up! Highly commended

‘To my surprise, it was brimming with life. One young boy, seconds after I took the image, back-flipped into the water.’ - Muhammad Aamir Zargham.

St. Barbara Park covered by snow: Highly commended by Efstratios Lales

St. Barbara Park covered by snow: Highly commended

Within this park is a church bearing the same name, Efstratios Lales took this photo in the city of Drama in Greece.

Caught in between, by Rebeca Marta Lago Highly commended

Caught in between: Highly commended

Caught in between (Present and Future, rain and sun, them and us) Rebeca Marta Lago: ‘We were in this Ghanaian community to drill their first ever borehole.'

Girl skipping: Highly commended by Sinead Marie O’Doherty

Girl skipping: Highly commended

Sinead Marie O’Doherty captured the stunning scale and splendour of Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque, it contains the worlds largest marble mosaic floor.