Edinburgh Global

Photography competition and exhibition

The annual Edinburgh Global Student Photography Competition is open to all current international students, students who have had a study away or work away experience and Online Learners outside the UK.

2023 Student Photography Competition winners announced!

The competition was open in Semester 1 under the theme ‘My Edinburgh’. Open to international students and students who have had a study or work away experience, the submissions totalled over 150 photos.

2023 prize winners

1st prize

Congratulations to Filip Jarzynski!

Filip is a School of GeoSciences student from Poland.

Campus category prize winner

Congratulations to Kate Puglia!

Kate is a School of Health in Social Science student from the USA.

2nd prize 

Congratulations to Zainab  Abbas!

Zainab is a Centre for Open Learning student from Pakistan and Turkey.  

City category prize winner

Congratulations to Huaiyuan  Huang!

Huaiyuan is a Moray House School of Education and Sport student from China.

Principal’s choice 

Congratulations to Yuheng Feng!

Yuheng is a School of informatics students from China.

Community category prize winner

Congratulations to Kana Wakaumi!

Kana is a School of Geosciences student from Japan.

People’s choice 

Congratulations to Simar Mann!

Simar is an Edinburgh Medical School student from India.

Global category prize winner

Congratulations to Zeliang Lyu!

Zeliang is an Edinburgh College of Art student from China.

View the winning photographs

About the competition

The theme of the 2023 competition was My Edinburgh. What makes the city special to you personally? Is it a view of green spaces, or a particular building? Maybe it’s a secret location or a favourite study spot. Maybe it’s friends you share experiences with or a favourite person. Students shared photos that showed ‘My Edinburgh’ in one of four categories:



Who can enter?

Community Who are the people that make you feel connected to Edinburgh? Is there someone in particular that brings the city to life for you? All current international students.
City What makes the city for you? Secret hideaways or classic views? Show the unique way you see our beautiful city. All current international students.
Campus Show the campus from your perspective. Are there places that people might not notice? Or spots that hold special memories for you? All current international students.
Global Are you an Online Student or are you on a Study and Work Away experience? Show what your unique Edinburgh experience looks like where you are. Any current student who has taken part in a Study or Work Away experience or who is an online distance learner.

About the exhibition

You will be able to view a large selection of the photography competition entries in a physical exhibition across the University campus. The next campus exhibition will run from Semester 1 and will include photos from our 2023 competition ‘My Edinburgh’.

The campus exhibition will run from October 2024 to February 2025. 

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