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#loveUCL Instagram competition

Enter our monthly #loveUCL Instagram stories competitions in Term 3 2021 and be in with a chance to win Amazon vouchers!

UCL Student Centre by @sehajdevsingh, 2020

Due to the disruptions to campus life and the fact that not all students are on campus we've changed the usual #loveUCL Instagram competition so UCL students can enter wherever you are!

To enter our new-look monthly competition – and be in with the chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher – share an Instagram story on the month's theme and tag @ucl.

Each competition will start and be announced on the @ucl Instagram stories at:

  • 11am BST, Monday, 26 April 2021
  • 11am BST, Monday, 17 May 2021
  • 11am BST, Monday, 7 June 2021.

Once the theme has been announced you'll have 24 hours (until 11:00am the following day) to share your story. It can be a photo, video or just text but it can only be one slide max. We'll share the best entries on the @ucl Instagram stories over the 24 hours and the winner will be selected through audience vote. We'll announce the winner on the following Friday.

Make sure you're following @ucl on Instagram and keep your eye out for each competition to enter!

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See below for more details and the terms and conditions.

If you are on campus, keep sharing your photos of life at UCL with the #loveUCL hashtag as we'll keep sharing them on our Instagram!

2019-20 competition winner

Pictured here is the winner of our 2019-20 #LoveUCL Instagram 'Photo of the Year' competition - recent @BartlettUCL graduate Runsu Hu (@asteria.ssu) - with her creative shot of the main quad from the Portico (view the full photo here). Out of the nine entries, her photo received 21% of the 1,756 votes cast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

#loveUCL 2019-20 Photo of the Year winner, Bartlett graduate Runsu holding her winning photo
  • All entrants must be a current and enrolled student of UCL.
  • All entrants must be the sole owner and author of their entry.
  • Eligible entires must:
    • be an Instagram story
    • tag @ucl
    • be only one slide in length
    • posted within the 24 hour competition period.
  • Submitted entries should:
    1. capture the dynamism of life at UCL;
    2. contain original and interesting subject matter;
    3. provide useful insight for or advice to UCL students;
    4. demonstrate strong composition.
  • Entrants must provide their full name, course and their story if selected as a winner.
  • Entrants must agree to the above information and their submitted entry being published in myUCL, on UCL's official social media channels, across UCL's websites and in UCL printed and digital publications.

By entering this competition you agree to the rules above, as well as the following terms and conditions.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

Previous competitions


Pictured here is the winner of our 2018-19 #LoveUCL Instagram 'Photo of the Year' competition - Saif Masood (UCL Mechanical Engineering) with his wonderful shot of the atrium in the new Student Centre taken not long after it opened (view it on our Instagram channel). His photo received 37% of the 1,629 votes cast on Facebook and Instagram.

2018-19 #loveUCL Photo of the Year winner Saif holding his winning photo

After a year of fantastic submissions from UCL students, the winner of our 2017-18 'Photo of the Year' competition was Shattyk Tastemirova (The Bartlett Development Planning Unit), with a great black and white shot looking out from the portico of the UCL’s Wilkins Building.

View all the shortlisted #loveUCL 'Photo of the Year' photos for 2017-18 on our Instagram channel

2017-18 Love UCL winner and their winning photo

With more than 40% of the 1,652 votes cast on Facebook and Instagram, Shamita Yasna (UCL School of Management) is our #loveUCL Instagram competition 2016-17 winner, with a perfectly framed shot taken in the Main Library.

Our second and third-placed runners-up are Isabelle Arusilor (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture), with a fantastic shot of a sunset in the Main Quad, and Mehmet Davrandi (UCL Eastman Dental Institute), with a stunning composition featuring bacteria growth on an agar plate

loveUCL 2016–17 winner

"UCL has been an amazing part of my journey and to be able to capture such a moment in a frame gives me so much pleasure," said Shamita. "I only wish I could present more stories like this so others would understand how much this university offers. I've loved every moment of being here."


Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, eight images were shortlisted for the chance to be named the overall winner and to receive a £100 Amazon voucher prize.

After an incredibly close vote, Ankit Bhatt (UCL Population Health Sciences) is our #loveUCL Instagram competition 2015-16 winner, polling the most cumulative votes on Facebook and Instagram with a stunning shot taken in the Bloomsbury Theatre - congratulations, Ankit!

#loveUCL Instagram competition 2015-16 overall winner

With roughly 30% of the 1,000 votes cast on Facebook and Instagram, Shafiq Azid (Language Sciences MSc) is this year's overall winner with his striking shot of the Grant Museum of Zoology's Micrarium.

#loveUCL Instagram competition 2014-15 overall winner