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First Impressions of Southampton Photo Competition

The Westquay Watermark at the heart of Southampton city centre.
Westquay is one of the biggest shopping centres in Southern England.

Known as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton boasts an impressive cultural offering, with music venues, museums, green parks and fantastic shopping facilities within the city centre, notably West Quay. Its waterfront location gives Southampton a distinctive character with a rich maritime heritage, and there are many lush areas of natural beauty not far away. It is a city built for people of all interests.

The International Office would like to know what you first felt when you arrived at Southampton. Did you feel anything different, or familiar? Take a photo that best represents your feelings and you could stand a chance to win up to £100 worth of West Quay vouchers and a membership to the Southampton University Photographic Society.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any student currently studying, or about to begin their studies for the 2017/2018 academic year at the University of Southampton is eligible to participate. This includes undergraduate, postgraduate, study abroad and exchange students. Returning students are most welcome to participate; just tell us what your first impression of Southampton was through a photo.

How do I participate?

Post a photo on Instagram with a caption and hashtag #UoSImpressions , also tagging us - note that your profile will have to be set to public for us to view your post.

The competition will commence at 12:00 BST on Monday 11th September 2017 and all entries must be received by 17:00 BST on Wednesday 11th October 2017. You can submit as many photos as you wish, but no entrant may win more than one prize. Terms and conditions apply (see below).

What are the prizes?

First place: £100 Westquay gift card
First runner-up: £50 Westquay gift card
Second runner-up £25 Westquay gift card

All three winners will receive a membership to the Southampton University Photographic Society (SUPS), where you can find people from the University with a passion for photography.

What is the judging criteria?

How do we pick the winner? We have four simple criteria that makes a good picture.

These are not strict guidelines, but hopefully will give you an idea of what our judges will be looking for when they go to choose the winning photo.

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