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2024 Photo and Video Contest

Showcase Your Summer Experience

UCLA Summer Sessions invites all college level summer students to submit photos and videos to the 2024 Photo and Video Contest! This is your opportunity to use your creative talents to showcase your summer at UCLA. Winners in each category will receive an Amazon gift card and will be featured on UCLA Summer Sessions’ social media accounts and website.

Be creative and show anything from classroom activities or your favorite study spot to the best meal you had on campus or fun with friends. Start documenting your summer and be ready to submit your best work!

Contest entries will open June 24, 2024 at 12:01:00 a.m. PT and close September 23rd, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. PT. No late entries will be accepted. Click here to enter the contest!

Photos and videos will be judged based upon the following criteria:

  1. Creativity and Originality
  2. Quality and Execution
  3. Adherence to the Theme and Official Rules
  4. Overall Impression

Contest Rules


  • Bruin Pride

Show what it’s like being part of the Bruin community over summer! Can include landscapes, architecture, or your favorite places on campus to study, relax, or spend time with friends. Show us the activities, entertainment and recreation you participate in with your fellow Summer Bruins. Try to make your photo tell a story about your time at UCLA in summer!

  • What I Did During UCLA Summer Sessions

Photos in this category should focus on what you did during your UCLA Summer Sessions course or program. You can highlight your academics, classroom activities, research, a project you made, yourself or your classmates giving presentations, or unique lessons you participated in.

Images must have high quality resolution (ideally 300ppi – typically 2MB—2048×1536 pixels) and should be submitted in JPEG (.jpgs) or PNG (.png) format. Low-quality images may be disqualified.


  • What I Did During UCLA Summer Sessions

Videos in this category should highlight how you spent your time during your UCLA Summer Sessions course or program. You may want to include classroom activities, short professor interviews, excursions with friends, or highlights of your favorite places on campus.

Videos should be 20-90 seconds and should be submitted as .mov or .mp4.

All precollege-level and college-level students who are enrolled in a 2024 UCLA Summer Sessions course or program are eligible to enter the contest. If you are under 18 years of age, your entry must be accompanied by the signature of your parent or guardian agreeing to the Official Rules.

  • You may submit one photo under each theme and one video. You can choose to submit only photo(s), only video or both.
  • Photos/video submitted for the contest must be taken during UCLA Summer Sessions 2024.
  • Confirm that you have obtained all necessary photo/video waivers and can provide them upon request.
  • Please include a title, location, and a short caption/description for each image.
  • Contestants are limited to only one prize.
  • Photos/videos that do not meet requirement can be disqualified.

Submissions may be shared on UCLA Summer Sessions’ social media accounts and website.

Deadline: All submissions are due Monday, September 23 at 5 p.m.

Official Contest Rules (Terms & Conditions)

  • Photo: There will be one first prize for each theme and each first prize contestant will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.
  • Video: There will be one first prize for video and the winner will receive a $150 Amazon gift card.

Up to three (3) Honorable Mentions will be showcased on the UCLA Summer Sessions website and/or social media.

Submissions that include the image of other people who are clearly visible (“other subjects”) who are not UCLA Summer Sessions students will require a waiver (permission to use their image). If the person featured is under 18 years of age, their parent or guardian must submit the waiver. You are responsible for obtaining such photo/video waivers. Photo/video waiver form can be found here.

Do’s/Don’ts of Creating Content for the Summer Sessions Photo & Video Contest
  • Do show your personality and unique perspective as a UCLA Summer Sessions student!
  • Do have fun with your content and make it exciting.
  • Do portray UCLA Summer Sessions and UCLA in a positive light.
  • Do use good judgment on what is appropriate for a university account (no photos/videos of partying, clubs, drinking, smoking, or drugs).
  • Don’t use content or music that contains explicit or offensive language.
  • Do let us know your social handles so we can tag you in your posts.
  • Do think about what makes UCLA Summer Sessions unique, valuable, educational and fun.
  • If other people appear clearly visible in your photos or videos (“other subjects”), please have them sign the photo/video waiver. Do avoid including celebrities, or making other subjects the focus of your photo/videos.
  • All photos/video should be original and taken by you or taken with your phone/camera.

2023 Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the UCLA Summer Sessions 2023 Photo and Video Contest!

Congratulations to the following winners! Check out their content and stay tuned for next year’s contest for another chance to showcase your Summer Sessions experience. 

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