“Flying High
“Flying High” by Theodore C. Lo, who won honorable mention in the 2014 Photo Contest.

Welcome to the 2016 U of T Magazine Photo Contest. Please read the following contest rules. Then get out your camera and hit us with your best shot!

New category for Instagram users!
Enter one of your Instagram photos by tagging us @uoftmagazine or using #uoftmagazine by July 8, 2016. Only one photo per person, please! Follow us to find out the winner.

All other entries (other than Instagram) must arrive at U of T Magazine no later than Friday, July 8, 2016.

E-mail your entry to: uoft.magazine@utoronto.ca. Only digital photos permitted.

The U of T Magazine Photo Contest is open to alumni, donors, students, faculty and most staff of the University of Toronto. Employees of University Advancement and U of T Communications are not eligible to participate in this contest.

Entries from professional photographers are not eligible. We’re going by the honour system. If you have ever earned a significant portion of your income from photography, then you are a professional photographer and are ineligible to participate in this contest. (Being paid for the occasional image does not exclude you.)

Entries and subject matter
Entrants may submit one photo in each of three categories: People, Places/Things, and “Boundless.” Choose your best!

People: photos in which the emphasis is on a person or group of people
Places/Things: photos in which the emphasis is on a place or thing
Boundless: a photo that you think captures the sense of this word. (Read about U of T’s Boundless campaign.)

We will consider only previously unpublished, original photos. Entries must be the original work of the entrant.

Entry Format
Apart from photos submitted for the Instagram category, entries must be submitted electronically as jpeg files sent by email. Digital files should be at least 1600 pixels wide (five inches, or 13 cm at high-resolution) for a horizontal image or 1600 pixels tall for a vertical image, and no larger than 5MB (5,000 KB). Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable; cropping of photos is permitted; tonal or colour corrections are acceptable.

Please do not send prints of photos through regular mail.

Please send each photo in a separate email message.

Submitting Entries
In the email with the photo, please include:

* The title of the photo (if any)
* The category you are submitting it in (People, Places/Things, or “Boundless”)
* When and where the photograph was taken
* The proper orientation of the photo, if it’s not obvious
* All entrants should include their name, address, telephone number, email address
* Alumni should include their grad year and degree obtained from U of T
* Staff and faculty should include their job title
* Students should include their course of study and their expected grad year

University of Toronto Magazine cannot be held responsible for entries that are lost, damaged, or delayed in cyberspace. Photos will not be emailed back.

Model releases
Model releases (ie permission of people in the photograph) are the responsibility of the entrant and must be available in the event the photo is a winner.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges in Toronto. Entries will be judged on artistic expressiveness and creativity.

Finalists will be contacted by telephone or email by August 31, 2016; they agree to have their entries published on the U of T Magazine website. Winners agree to have their entries published in a future issue of U of T Magazine.

Entrants agree to be bound by the contest rules. Judges’ decisions are final. The contest organizers reserve the right to disqualify entries that do not conform to the stated contest rules and criteria. Individuals can win only once.


First prize in each category: $500 and a U of T gift.

Winners’ names and photographs will be published in a future issue of U of T Magazine and on the magazine’s website. Rights are retained by the photographer. However, entrants agree that, should they win, place second or receive honorable mention, they grant U of T Magazine and the U of T Alumni Association royalty-free use of the winning photographs in displays related to the contest and in their printed and electronic publications.