University of Sheffield Photo Soc

Last calls, new beginnings and more! :)

Hello you lovely photographers,

Work with the Union Marketing department

The Marketing Department in the Students’ Union is looking for 3 or 4 student photographers to add to their pool of photographers. We regularly use students to take photos of events in and around the Students’ Union, and also to take photos to add to our photo library. We also regularly require product shots for use on promotional material. The photographers will work on a particular project and are paid on an hourly rate (Students’ Union casual wage rate). If you are interested in joining us please email for more details.

We will ask you to do a task (unpaid initially) to give us an idea of what you can do, and we will select the best 3 or 4 photographers to be added to our pool, based on this task. This will need to be completed by Friday 11 February.

Last call: Friends of the Peak District ‘Winter’ competition

The Friends of the Peak District charity (who work to care and protect the national park landscapes) are after any wintery images of the Peak District or South Yorkshire that would make good Christmas cards you’d be willing to donate for their 2011 Christmas card. They normally run this as a competition, so the two winning photographers can have two packs and a free years membership of our charity. Your name will be printed on the back of the cards and on their website. Free publicity and a warm fuzzy feeling! Email your photos to

Winter Varsity

The Sports Officer (Emma Bird) is looking for photographers to cover this years Winter Varsity events! The first is the Ice Hockey at the Sheffield Arena on 12th Feb with face-off at 2.45pm. The second event is the skiing and boarding event at the Ski Village on the 19th of Feb with events starting at 6pm. If you’re interested in covering either one, email her at

Experience / portfolio work

“I’d like to offer an opportunity to any student photographers or amateur photographers who are looking to build their portfolio. I’m open to ideas and willing to explore different styles with the photographer, but the basic gist is that my boyfriend and I would like some photo-journalistic style photos taken, most probably outside, rather than a studio setting.

I can be contacted at this email address,

Many thanks for your time :)

Dani & Sam”

Talent Show Event Photographer

Trish Hughes is organising a charity event on the 12th March in Endcliffe park to raise money for the British Kidney Patient Association. Park of this is a fashion show and Trish has asked for a photographer or two to come and photograph the event. Several other union societies are going to be performing, such as Sing Soc, Useless, the Cheer-leaders and SUTCO too, so is a great event to get lots of great unique pictures. There is also an after party so it looks like a great event to get involved in! Email if you are interested!

Please could you pass this message on to anyone who may be interested?

London Street Photography Festival competition

Hi guys,

We’ve got details through of a competition by the London Street Photography Festival.

The brief is “candid, un-staged photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings” and you can enter five to eight entries, along with a biography and description of your work.

There’s an entry fee of £12.50 and entries close on 28th February. It’s open to all students aged 18 and over, living in the UK and studying on any full or part time course at a UK institution.


Six finalists will receive

  • A workshop with celebrated street photographer Nils Jorgensen
  • Portfolio review and print making workshop with Photofusion
  • All expenses paid group exhibition at a prestigious venue in King’s Cross, London during the festival
  • Exhibition launch event with industry guests
  • Student Award catalogues and £100 book voucher from Blurb

One overall winner will receive

  • An Olympus PEN camera worth over £500

All entrants receive a free voucher valued at £28.95 from Blurb to publish their own book.

P.S. They’re doing an exhibition of Vivian Maier’s work in July!

Now that 2011 has begun…

…here is a reminder to all you lovely PhotoSoc members that we are still running our New Year-themed photo competition over the holidays, with a grand prize (worth at least £30) for the winning picture! More information on the theme and how to enter can be found here, but please keep in mind that only one entry is allowed per person, so choose your photo with care.

The deadline for submitting your entry is Monday 7th February at midnight, so you’ve still got time to get that winning shot! Think of it as a nice, productive and relaxing break from revision!

Wishing you all a very happy New Year!

PhotoSoc xxx

New Year competition!

Greetings PhotoSoc-ers,

We will be holding a photo competition over the holiday period that we hope you’ll all be interested in entering, but instead of a predictable Christmas theme, we’ve chosen to focus on New Year! As always, we’d love to see you interpret this theme in any way you can think of, so don’t feel that you have to stay up until midnight to photograph the first fireworks of 2011 – your picture can be taken at any time over the holidays, and can be of whatever subject you wish, so your imagination is the only limit.

Think about what the New Year means to you – maybe your family has a New Year’s tradition that you’d like to catch on camera, or perhaps you could take a photo to represent your New Year’s resolutions. Alternatively, you could focus on the spirit of fresh beginnings that a new year symbolises, or create an image that sums up celebration in your mind.

However you see New Year, try to capture it in a photograph and then simply post it into our special competition flickr group to enter, but remember the rules: only one entry per person, and your entry should be taken during the holidays, so no old photos please. The winning entry will receive a grand prize with a minimum value of £30, so get creative and have fun!

Seasonal PhotoSoc love xxx

Natural History Society competition

Hi everyone,

Check out this competition from our friends at the Natural History Society. As ever, please do not reply directly to this email. If you have any questions about the competition, use the uSpace link!


Dear All,

The Natural History Society invites you to take part in the ‘University of Sheffield Wildlife Photographer the Year 2010’ competition!

The competition is open to all staff and students at the University of Sheffield, and is divided into 6 categories:

  1. Plant life
  2. Animal Portrait
  3. Animal Behaviour
  4. Ecology in Action
  5. Nature & Society
  6. Communities & Ecosystems

Prizes (kindly donated by HARRISON CAMERAS of London Rd.) will be awarded for the winner of each category, the overall winner and runner-up, the best portfolio (all 6 categories) and the peoples’ choice (determined by a public vote at The Exhibition on Dec 9th).

There will be a small entry fee of £1.50 per photo (£1 for NatHistSoc members), or £7.50 for 6 photos (£5 for NatHistSoc members).

There’s no minimum standard – remember you don’t need to be a pro! Just have fun…

Visit our uspace group for info on how to enter, as well as the competition rules:

Thanks for reading, and good luck!

NatHistSoc Committee

International Year of Biodiversity competition

Hey all,

Hope you’re having a good summer! :) Check out this biology-themed competition with some big prizes…


This year the Society of Biology is running an International Year of Biodiversity Photographic Competition. The closing date for competition entries is the 3rd September and so there is still time for any budding photographers to submit an entry.

There are four categories in the competition: Land, Air, Water, and Close up. 1st prizes in each category win £250 + Park Cameras vouchers and there are also prizes for ‘highly commended’ entries. The Best in Show wins £1000 and the photograph will be used as the cover image on our leading journal Biologist.

Entrants are free to interpret how they capture photographically images that celebrate, explore, comment on or reveal aspects of biodiversity from around the world. Perhaps you saw something on your travels that really inspired you, or want to celebrate something from your back garden. Either way the Society of Biology is really excited to see what photographs you have been taking, and how you appreciate and interpret all aspects of biodiversity.

The competition is free to enter and open to members and non-members alike. The only condition is that entrants must be amateur photographers. We consider a professional photographer to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs. Entries can be sent via email or post. Please review the competition rules carefully before entering; entry forms and full details are available here. If you have any trouble accessing these documents, or have any questions about the competition, please don’t hesitate to email

Best Wishes,

Zoe Martin

Membership Officer

Information School competition

If you’re like us and don’t tend to read all the mass emails from the University, you might have missed this photo competition…

The Information School

The University’s Department of Information Studies is changing its name and is having a photo competition to celebrate!

You can enter up to three entries and the winning entry will be used in the Department’s next advertising campaign, in print and on their website.

Theme: Information

Deadline: Friday 30th April

Prize: £50 Amazon voucher

Check out their website for more information and full competition rules.

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