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Civil society affects everybody and covers a vast range of activities, so why is it so hard to define? 


To mark the launch of our new ESRC-funded civil society research centre, we're delighted to be running our very first photography competition, open to amateur and professional photographers alike.

The competition is free to enter and you may submit up to 10 photographs showing civil society anywhere in the world.



We challenge you to submit an image that you feel represents civil society


Inspiration for your subject matter could come from anywhere, but as a starting point, you might want to have a look at some of the civil society research projects on our website.


Please submit your entries by 12 noon, Monday 20/01/20.


Three finalists will be chosen by our panel and informed via telephone and/or email. 

The three finalists' photographs will be displayed at an exhibition as part of our new centre launch event at the Senedd in February 2020, where attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite photograph. The winner will be announced on the night. All finalists will be welcome to attend the centre launch event but there will be no obligation to attend.


•    £50 voucher
•    Photograph will be printed and included in an exhibition as part of WISERD's new civil society centre launch event at the Senedd.
•    We may choose to use and credit the winning photograph on promotional materials for the new civil society centre.


Whether you’re submitting a digital photograph via email or sending a printed photograph in the post, please make sure you include the following information:

•    Name
•    Telephone number and email address
•    Title of the photograph 
•    A short explanation (no more than 50 words) of the photograph and why you think it represents civil society
•    "I have read and agree to all the competition terms and conditions as listed on the WISERD website"

Digital photographs

Digital photographs (including those taken on mobile phones and tablets) should be taken at the highest resolution possible.

High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are also acceptable.

Please submit your entry via email to, with 'Civil Society Photography Competition Entry' in the subject line.

If attaching your photograph makes the email too large to send, we recommend you use a cloud-based file transfer service, such as WeTransfer or Hightail

If you experience any technical difficulties in submitting your photograph, please let us know in advance so we can try our best to help. Unfortunately we won't be able to accept any entries submitted via email after the closing date.

Printed photographs

We can accept printed photographs if the original hard copies are sent to us in the post, along with a stamped and self-addressed envelope for their return. However, we will then need to scan these and while we’ll do our best to create the best quality files we can, we cannot guarantee their original quality will be maintained.

Please send your entry in the post to:

Communications Officer
38 Park Place
CF10 3BB

Unfortunately, we won't be able to accept any entries received in the post after the closing date.

Important, please note:
We cannot accept any entries sent to us via social media.


By entering the competition, the entrant certifies that they are the sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph.

This photography competition is open to all, including staff members and those on WISERD's governing board.

You may submit up to 10 photographs in total.

For a photo in which a person or a copyrightable work is recognisable, you must be prepared to provide a consent form from the subject or rights holder of the copyrightable work upon request. In the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian's permission must be sought and a consent form completed also. A consent form is available here. Unfortunately, if the entrant is unable to provide all required releases, WISERD in its sole discretion reserves the right to disqualify the submission.

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

Photos that contain inappropriate content, as determined by WISERD in its sole discretion, will not be eligible.

The welfare of a subject and their environment must be placed ahead of the desire to capture a photograph. By entering the competition, entrants are certifying that subjects were treated with respect and dignity, and that no people, wildlife or the environment were harmed in creating a photograph.

By entering this competition, you will retain the rights to your photograph and also grant WISERD permission to use your photograph for promotional purposes, including publications, publicity materials, website, social media and e-marketing. WISERD will only make minor modifications to the image as is necessary for the context in which it's being used, eg, cropping the image before posting it on Twitter. WISERD will credit you, the photographer, wherever it is feasible to do so.

WISERD reserves the right to cancel the competition at its discretion.

If you have any questions about the WISERD Civil Society Photography Competition, please don't hesitate to contact the communications officer:

We look forward to receiving your entries and wish you the best of luck!