The Open University, the UK’s largest university, launches a photographic competition inviting photographers to capture candid shots that represent an authentic portrayal of distance learning for Black and South Asian students. The competition held in partnership with Alamy, the world’s most diverse stock library, will increase diversity and inclusion in stock images by welcoming submissions that reflect life from the perspective of Black and South Asian students in the UK.   Too few stock images portraying Black and South Asian students are available to purchase from image websites, and of those that are available many feel very staged and do not depict the realities of distance learning.

The winning submission will receive a free place on the OU digital photography course developed in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society and up to nine finalists will each receive a prize of £100. The entries chosen to appear on Alamy will also allow participants to earn income if their photos are purchased by any of Alamy’s customers.

To enter the competition, photographers will submit a photo that captures distance learning (university study where students do not attend a physical campus), taken on a phone, or camera – it doesn’t have to be of real students, models are acceptable – but should reflect the lived experiences of Black and South Asian people in the UK. Submissions are to be uploaded to either Alamy or the Stockimo App by 23.59 on Sunday 19th December and tagged OU2021.  Entries will be judged by a panel that includes Alamy and The Open University.

For the full entry details, Terms and Conditions entrants can visit Alamy’s blog.

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