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International Photo Competition – Bath Spa University

A picture can be worth a thousand words, and we want to give you chance to tell your story.

We're proud to have students join us from over 70 countries and even more who are studying around the world – and we want to show this to the city of Bath!

The International Photo Competition is designed to highlight and celebrate the international diversity of our University, while giving you the opportunity to reflect on your international identity or experience.

This year's competition ran 11 March–10 April 2024.

Themes for 2024

The City of Bath

Show us the city of Bath through your international lens.

What do you love? What makes the city unique? This could be a tourist hotspot seen in a different light, or a location hidden away from the crowds, or maybe a classic view from a different angle? We want to see how you view the city.

Category open to: Bath Spa University current international students.

Our Global Reach

Are you studying at an international partner or a non-Bath-based campus? Or are you a student on a study abroad somewhere in the world? Show the city of Bath our international reach!

What does your Bath Spa University experience look like from where you are in the world?

Category open to: Any current Bath Spa University student studying at a non-Bath-based location.

Bath Spa University Spotlight Theme

Our spotlight theme is Creativity.

How are you a creative professional or professionally creative? We want to know your story!

Photos should demonstrate an aspect of your experience as a student at Bath Spa University. For this theme only, you may use Adobe software to edit your photos as you wish to enhance your creativity.

Category open to: Bath Spa University current international student.

Prizes and recognition

First place submissions in each category will win £100!In addition, all students submitting an entry will be invited to a reception with the Mayor of Bath on the evening of 25 April at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. The highest ranked photos in each category will be on display and light refreshments will be available. Winners in each category will be announced at this event.

Collaboration with the University of Bath

Bath Spa University is excited to be running this photo competition in parallel with the University of Bath. University of Bath students will be participating in the first two categories with their own spotlight theme for the third category.

Students from both universities will be invited to the celebratory event and photos from both institutions will be on display.


Who qualifies as an international student?

For the purposes of this competition, we are defining international student as any student who is studying in the UK but is a non-UK citizen, or a non-UK citizen studying at one of the University's partner campuses abroad. You could be in the UK on a student visa, pre-settled or settled visa, student exchange or other immigration status, or or studying at a BSU partner campus outside of the UK.

What counts as a non-Bath-based location?

A non-Bath-based location is defined as a BSU partner campus abroad, Bath Spa University London, a student participating in distance learning from abroad, or a study or placement abroad location. Students who have returned from a study or placement abroad are eligible to submit photos from their time abroad if they are still a current student at Bath Spa University.


This year's competition is now closed. The deadline for submissions was 11:59pm on 10 April 2024.

Terms and conditions

By submitting your photo, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined below:

  • By entering this photo contest, I agree Bath Spa University may use this photo in future promotional material and/or web-based media
  • You may submit one photo per category that you are eligible for
  • Photos must be taken by you and not include yourself in the photo unless the photo was also taken by you (selfie)
  • Any people identifiable in the photo must have given you permission to take the photo
  • Photos should have been taken after starting your course at Bath Spa University
  • The competition is open to current Bath Spa University students only
  • Photos should be submitted in JPEG format and the file size limit is 100 MB
  • Each photo should come with a title and caption of 100 words or less describing the photo and how it relates to the category to help the audience better understand your experience
  • Photos may be taken on a camera or smartphone but are judged equally
  • Apart from the Creativity category, photos should not have gone through significant editing (such as Photoshop), though basic editing such as cropping, limited brightness or colour adjustments are allowed. Photos may be adjusted to black and white or other tone if desired
  • Adobe software available to all Bath Spa University students is allowed to be used in the Creativity category and is encouraged!
  • Photos will be checked for authenticity.

*An equivalent or similar prize may be necessary if you are a BSU partner student currently abroad.

Judging criteria

Photos will be judged by academics and staff at Bath Spa University.

Photos submitted will be anonymised and judges will score each photo using the following criteria:

  • How well the photo answers the prompt
  • Image quality and technical aspects
  • Creativity and originality
  • "Wow" factor!

Winning photos

Winning photos will be printed and mounted (along with their titles and descriptions) at the celebratory event on 25 April. All students submitting entries will be invited to the event. Winners will be announced at the event. 

There is a £100 prize for each category. Prize money will be deposited in the student’s bank account on record with the University. If you are unable to attend the event and your entry wins, you will still receive the prize money.

After the event, photos may be displayed on any Bath Spa University campus. By entering this photo contest, you give permission for Bath Spa University to use your photo(s) in future promotional material and/or web-based media. Photos will be credited but you will receive no additional payment.

Additional information

If you have further questions about the competition, please email

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