Photo Contest

The Duke University Libraries wants to celebrate Duke past and present through your photos. Choose a historic photo from the University Archives in one of the following categories: Academics, Athletics, Campus Scenes and Student Life.  Use that photo as an inspiration for your new photographic creation.


The contest is open to any currently enrolled Duke student. You can enter one photograph in each category.


Deadline is Thursday, March 27th  at midnight.


The winning photograph in each category will receive $200.  Runners-up will receive $50.  The Awards Ceremony will be held on April 8 in Lilly Library’s Thomas Room. Winning photographs will be displayed in Lilly.


Judging will be completed by a panel made up of faculty and students.  Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Photograph’s overall effectiveness in communicating the theme of the contest
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Quality of photo

Please submit your entries using our online form linked below.

Submit your entry

Official Contest Rules and Regulations

  • Contest begins February 24 and ends March 23 by midnight.
  • The contest is open to all current Duke University students.
  • All photographs must be the individual’s original work.
  • Individuals may submit 1 photograph per category, a maximum of 4 photographs.
  • Images can be in color or black and white and must be at least 300 dpi. TIFF or JPEG format. The winning entries will be printed in 8x10 for display.
  • Photographs that fail to comply with the rules and regulations will not be considered.
  • The top photograph and runner-up in each category will be announced on Tuesday, April 8.
  • By entering the contest, all entrants grant the Duke University Libraries permission to use the photographs in promotional, informational and display activities, both in print and online. Photos will be credited to the photographer named in the entry form. 
  • Entries (including non-winning entries) will be displayed on the contest's online site. 
  • The Duke University Libraries is not responsible for late, lost, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected emails or for any technical/computer related malfunctions.
  • The contest organizers reserve the right to disqualify entries which do not conform to the stated Official Rules and Guidelines and/or violate Duke policies. 
  • The Duke University Libraries reserves the right to reject entries for consideration in the competition at its sole discretion.