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Hotcourses Abroad launch image contest for universities & colleges

Find out all about the Hotcourses International Image Contest for universities and colleges around the world to enter.


Here at Hotcourses Abroad, we have recently launched an image contest amongst universities and colleges around the world. Already we've been flooded with entries from those eager to show off something about them which they think makes them special.

What began as a project to source fresh images to go on our search results pages and university profiles has evolved into a full-on contest, and an opportunity for institutions to engage a wealth of prospective (internatonal) students and applicants through the power of the picture! After all, every university and college has their own indvidual personality, history, culture and identity which they want to get across.


How to enter:

To enter, institutions must submit an image which best represents them to prospective students. We’re looking for the most creative, inspiring and intriguing images which highlight something unique to that university or college. The best image will be voted on by our millions of users across our international and local language sites and Facebook pages, guaranteeing widespread exposure for those who enter.


What an image could be of:

  • Campus traditions or events
  • A beautiful landmark or view
  • A remarkable piece of student work
  • A sentiment or message which is intrinsically linked to that university or college's identity

Essentially, something unique to the university or college!


The prizes:

The universities/colleges which receive the most votes will be awarded one of the following 3scholarships/bursaries to award to one of their enroled international students, of their choosing:

  • 1st Prize: £500/$1000/RM3000 
  • 2nd Prize: £300/$600/RM1800      
  • 3rd Prize: £200/$400/RM1200       

Meanwhile, of those students/users who vote for the 1st place winner through Facebook, 10 will be randomly selected and will win an Amazon voucher worth £15.


There are a few rules though:

However, the subject which the institution chooses to immortalise in their image entry must still clearly link them as an education provider. Therefore, the following are discouraged and may be rejected:

  • Images which are too broad or without a clear link to that university/college, international/higher education or the student experience (as much as we would like to, we cannot simply accept pictures of cute cats)
  • Images which are highly professionally-shot, staged, computer-generated/touched up, or post-produced (this will be judged on a case-by-case basis)
  • Images which are widely used on that university or college's website, social media or marketing efforts
  • Images should be of a good to high quality (i.e. not blurry or poorly-framed) and without any branding


How to enter or find out more:

Entries can be submitted by a member of staff or by a student (perhaps you're a Photography student or you happen to catch a great picture on your phone around campus?). 

Entries should be sent to, accompanied by a short caption explaining what the image is depicting. You can enquire further about the contest and request a copy of the contest guidelines through this email address too.

The contest entry deadline is March 28th 2014.


Best of luck!


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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.

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