#LoveUK photo/video competition

Show the world your most eye-catching photos of the UK!

Chevening Scholars have the opportunity to experience everything the UK has to offer, and we want you to share these experiences with us and the world. That's why we've teamed up with VisitBritain, the UK's national tourism agency, to launch a unique photo/video competition. From now until April, you'll have the opportunity to share your best photos and videos for a chance to win a weekend trip for you and a guest to a British city of your choice packed with amazing #LoveUK moments. Your photos could also be featured at Chevening's photo exhibition in summer 2018!

There are six themes for you to explore through photos and videos:

Scholarly life - A scholar's life is the life for me, as the old saying goes. Okay, that’s not actually an old saying, but it's certainly true that your time studying in the UK will be one of the most memorable years of your life. The long days in the lecture hall and late nights in the library might not always feel glamorous, but there is beauty to be found in the seemingly mundane moments of the day-to-day: a walk through campus, revising under an old tree, or sharing a meal with a fellow scholar. It's true that there's much to see throughout the UK, but sometimes the best memories are those you make without even realising it!

Cool cities -  Cities in the UK are not about size, they're all about character. All of our cities offer not only their own history but also, most importantly, their own personality. The buzzing modern metropolises of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, and Manchester all offer a huge choice of great good, fantastic shopping, engaging museums, and great nightlife. On the other hand, historic cities like York, Inverness, St David’s, Cambridge, Oxford, and Bath, all offer a welcome change of pace in very impressive settings. Capture your city’s unique personality, or perhaps that of one you’re visiting, during your year in the UK.

Inspiring country life - In total contrast to our cities (and just a stone’s throw away) there is an opportunity to escape and relax in surroundings that are equally breath-taking and invigorating as they are warm and charming. Cycle along riverways and canals, sniff the freshly cut grass, pick wild flowers, or come face to face with the local wildlife (highland cows, anyone?) The UK’s landscape is naturally photogenic, so the next time you’re taking in the fresh air, don’t forget to take a few photos and videos as well!

Living history - Imagine a place where the castles are straight out of fairytales. Where the ancient monuments are as alive with atmosphere as the day they were raised. A place where museums don’t just mean looking at things but getting ‘stuck in’. It might sound cliché but the UK’s history is truly alive and you can be part of it. Share your photos/videos as you make your way around the UK to experience its rich history for yourself. Don’t just go for the obvious – see if you can capture it from an all-new perspective.

365 days of fun - Let’s face it, life in the UK is never going to be boring. From festivals to world class performances to following in the footsteps of your favourite film stars, you won’t be hard pressed to find something to do all year round. Whether it’s a popular attraction or a quirky, one-time event, we want to see how you are spending your 365 days in the UK. You may even decide to challenge yourself by taking a photo or video every single day!

Great tastes - British food used to have a poor reputation but today, you can head off on a gastronomic tour of the UK that will leave you wanting more. Mouth-watering experiences await, from local dishes that are renowned in their own right to international dishes that have become honorary Brits. Explore the UK through your taste buds, and see if you can find traces of your own local cuisine throughout. Given how diverse the UK is, it may be easier than you think!


How to enter

1) Post your photos/videos on Instagram using the hashtags #LoveChevening and #LoveUK

2) Include a caption that briefly explains the story behind the photo/video or why that particular shot was chosen. You may also want to include the category that you are submitting it to.

You can submit as many photos as you like. Three photographs will be shortlisted from each month’s entries. Photos for each of the monthly shortlists can be submitted up to 23:59 on the last day of the month. Any entries submitted after the monthly closing date and time will not be considered for that month’s shortlist, but can be considered for the grand prize.

Chevening and VisitBritain will appoint a panel to select the grand prize winner.


Grand prize

- A weekend trip for you and a guest to a British city of your choice, outside of London, packed full of amazing #LoveUK moments. Prize includes return economy train travel (max. journey time: 6 hours from London), 2 nights’ accommodation in a minimum 3-star hotel, 2 experiences/attractions and choice of afternoon tea or dinner. The city must be reachable by train from central London.

- Your photograph shared across Chevening’s social media accounts

- A VisitBritain selfie stick

Monthly winners

- Your photograph shared across Chevening’s social media accounts

- A VisitBritain selfie stick

All shortlisted entries

- A VisitBritain selfie stick

Terms and conditions

Please make sure you read the terms and conditions of the competition before entering.