Sustainable Futures Photography Challenge

The Sustainable Futures Photography Challenge 2023

We are launching our first ever photography challenge. Embrace your inner photographer and show us what Sustainable Futures means to you!

Competition now closed.

Sustainable Futures brings together the unique depth and breadth of internationally leading research at The University of Manchester and builds on The University’s track record of successful interdisciplinary working, to produce integrated and truly sustainable solutions to urgent environmental challenges.

We want you to take a photograph showing us what 'Sustainable Futures' means to you and email it to us at before Friday 30th June 2023 (23:59 BST). 

You can visit our website to find out more about the research platform Sustainable Futures.

How to Enter the Competition

Are your photography skills ready for the challenge?

  1. All you need to do is take a photograph showing us what Sustainable Futures means to you - this could be absolutely anything, we want to see your creativity go wild!
  2. Send this photograph with a title to by Friday 30th June 2023 (23:59 BST). 


What are the Prizes?

The 6 best entries will win the below prizes.

Each winner will win a £50 Blackwells Bookshop voucher and some University of Manchester and Sustainable Futures premium merchandise (choose from a Reusable Thermal Large Size Mug, Eco Sports Bottle, or Limited Edition Bee Metal Water Bottle - while stocks last). All winners will also receive a selection of Sustainable Futures merchandise (such as: pens and canvas bags).


  1. Entries must be submitted by Friday 30th June 2023, 23:59 BST 
  2. You can only submit one image.
  3. University of Manchester students and staff, and external candidates based in UK (sorry, we can’t post the prizes abroad!) are eligible to participate in the competition.
  4. Any entry must be your original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights. You agree to indemnify the Sustainable Futures against any claim from any third party for any breach of this clause.
  5. By submitting your photos to Sustainable Futures, participants agree to grant Sustainable Futures free of charge the right to use the photo in any manner and media, including without limitation, the right to publish, adapt, distribute, copy, display or translate in printed or electronic media even if they are not the winning entries. 
  6. Images of individuals under the age of 18 will not be accepted.
  7. The Sustainable Futures Challenge leads will judge entries.
  8. Permitted digital adjustments include tone and contrast, cropping, burning, sharpening, dodging, noise reduction, minor cleaning work, HDR, stitched panoramas, and/or within-camera focus stacking using multiple exposure taken at the same location at the same time. 
  9. The image must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.
  10. Prizes are not exchangeable. 

If you require more information, please email


The Sustainable Futures Photography Challenge Entries 2023


Read through our 6 Challenge Areas for some inspiration!