Snaps capture places that won student hearts

Edinburgh students’ creative talent is being displayed in a gallery of images showcasing the University and Scotland’s inspiring capital.

A bird’s eye view of the city centre, a graduation ceremony in McEwan Hall and the Forth Bridge against a cloudy sky are among the scenes captured in a student photography competition. 

Now in its eleventh year, the annual competition – run by Edinburgh Global – attracted more than 175 entries.

Students were invited to submit an image on the theme of Explore Edinburgh.                                                                                                                      

The competition gives students the opportunity to share images related to their experience of studying at Edinburgh.

This year students were invited to enter in one of four categories – abroad, campus, city and community.

Eight prize-winning images are on display in the online gallery.

The winners

First place : Mingchen Zhang            

Second place : Rui Zhang          

Abroad : Rachel Maguire

Campus : Maitha  Qassim

City : Emily Qvist-Baudry        

Community : Zeliang Lyu       

People's Choice : Sachinda Witharanage 

Principal's Choice : Ruibo Zhang                                                                                      


These stunning images shine a light on the different ways our students carry impressions of Edinburgh with them, wherever they are in the world. This year the students shared some thoughtful and beautiful images which we are delighted to share.

Alan MackayDeputy Vice Principal International and Director of Edinburgh Global

The photographs were shortlisted by the University’s photographic society, Photosoc.

The winning photographs were then were selected by a judging panel including the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson and award-winning photographer Jane Barlow.

The overall winner is Mingchen Zhang from China, with an amazing aerial image of The Hub and Edinburgh castle.

The competition is open to current international students, students who have had a Go Abroad experience and online learners outside the UK.

An online exhibition on the Edinburgh Global website showcases the competition entries.

An on-campus exhibition  is planned for next academic year in Semester 1.

Related links

Edinburgh Global 

Winners gallery