Co-op Photo Contest

photo contest
The Co-op Photo Contest accepts submissions every summer from May to August—we want to see what you've been up to!

A picture is worth $500! 

Each year, we invite co-op students to submit their best photos from the past year—it's a way to share the breadth of experiences that students gain during their work terms. The contest opens in May each year and wraps up in August, with winners announced each September. Check out the 2018 winners, plus hundreds more amazing photos to get a sense of what YOU could do as a co-op student.

About the Co-op Photo Contest (opening again in May 2019)

We put on our annual famous Co-op Photo Contest for students to share shots of their co-op experiences over the past year. Whether you worked in an office, a lab or the great outdoors, we want to see you in action on your co-op work term.

Cash prizes for the top three entries:

  • Grand prize – $500
  • Runner-up – $250
  • Third place – $100

Enter the contest

Important: Read before submitting

  • Your photo descriptions can be a maximum of 249 characters. If your submission isn't working, try shortening your caption.
  • Your photo may be up to 5 MB in size. Please submit photos as high-res as possible (1–5 MB) to ensure image quality and improve your chances of winning!
  • If you exceed these length or size guidelines, your upload will not work.
  • Remember: You must appear in the photo. Read the contest rules below for full details.

By submitting your photo(s) to the Photo Contest, you agree that:

  • The University of Victoria may use your photos for educational or promotional purposes. This means that your photo may appear on a UVic website, in a publication or in other promotional material.
  • Your entry follows the contest rules and you have obtained the necessary photo permissions as applicable.

The contest is now closed

  • The 2018 Photo Contest closed August 24th. If you wish to participate, the contest will re-open in the spring.

Criteria and voting

Judging criteria for Top 10 photos

When the contest closes, a panel of Co-op and Career judges will choose the top 10 photos according to the following criteria:

  • Technical quality of photo (photo is high-resolution, well-lit and in focus)
  • Composition (subject is framed well; strong placement and angle)
  • Visual interest (use of colour, originality, creativity; humour is welcome but optional)
  • Representation of work term (photo directly relates to your work term)
  • Adherence to contest rules (see rules in next section)

The top 10 photos will be printed and displayed at Co-op and Career Info Day in September. All photo entries will also be displayed at the event via digital screen.

Final voting for three winners

Final voting to determine the three winners is taking place now! A like is a vote in our Facebook gallery. Support your friends, classmates and students before the contest closes on September 20 at noon:

All members of the public, students, staff and faculty are welcome to cast a vote.

When voting is closed, we’ll tally the votes, determine the top three entries and contact the winners!

Contest rules

  1. You must be a current co-op student to enter the contest.
  2. Photos for the 2018 contest must be from co-op work terms that took place from September 2017 to August 2018.
  3. Photos must be of you on your work term, in your work term environment. This means: 
    • You must appear in the photo (no scenery-only shots).
    • The photo must be related to something you did on your co-op work term.
    • Do not submit advertisements for your employer.
    • Do not add text to the photo.
    • No watermarks may appear on the photo.
  4. You may submit up to three (3) photos.
  5. By submitting your photos to the Co-op Photo Contest, you agree to let the University of Victoria use your photos for educational or promotional purposes. This means that your photo may appear on a UVic website, in a publication or in other promotional material.
  6. By entering the contest, you are confirming that you are the owner of the photo. If someone else took the photo, make sure you have permission to use it.
  7. If your photos include the workplace, make sure you have your employer’s permission. By entering the contest, you are confirming that your employer has given permission for the workplace to be photographed.
  8. If your photos include other people, make sure you have their permission. By entering the contest, you are confirming that you have all of the subjects’ permission.
  9. If a child’s face is showing, a parent or guardian must sign this Photo Subject Release Form – Child (pdf). Email the form(s) to , mail it to PO Box 1700 / Victoria BC / V8W 2Y2, or drop it off in BEC 406. The exception to this rule is if the children are attending a camp/event that has its own photography consent status in place; if so, please email  to confirm.

NOTES: As written in the University Calendar, the University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive, supportive and safe learning and working environment for all its members. UVic Co-operative Education Program and Career Services reserves the right to refuse a photo entry into the contest if its content does not adhere to this policy and/or is deemed to be inappropriate or offensive. Contest submissions are reviewed by the communications officer with assistance from a co-op student. Submissions are subject to the University policy; contest participants may be asked to select a different photo if the content does not adhere to this policy. Any amendments are at the discretion of the communications officer. The top 10 photos are selected by a panel of Co-op and Career staff. Final winners are determined by online vote available to the public, including UVic staff and faculty. Co-op student(s) working with our communications officer are not eligible to participate in the contest. 

Technical issues and help

We recommend submitting photos early just in case you experience technical issues, as we cannot accept photos after the deadline.

Common solutions:

  • Check that your photo is under the size limit (5 MB). If it's too large, you'll need to reduce the file size using File > Export or a photo editing program.
  • Check that your photo descriptions are within the length limit (250 characters). Helpful tool: Character counter

Contest help

If you continue to experience technical issues or have any questions about the contest or rules, please contact