Tuesday 24 October 2023 to Thursday 16 November 2023
British Council

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In the run-up to the global event “Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha Qatar” that brings together countries, private sector, civil society and the public around interactive activations, conferences, workshops and more. The British Council is delivering the 8th UK Festival 2023, aiming to foster a positive view of the UK’s engagement with Qatar through an integrated British Embassy and British Council partnership engaging with local stakeholders. The festival will run between 10 Nov - 26 Nov 2023 under the theme of Sustainability and Communities through various activities, one of which is  the "See Things Differently: Lens on a Sustainable World photography competition”. Please visit our website for more information about Qatar UK Festival 2023. 

Whether you're a child with a passion for photography or an adult with a seasoned eye, we invite everyone to be a part of "See Things Differently: Lens on a Sustainable World photography competition." Together, let's see the world through Great lenses and inspire positive change where we can see a picture of a greener tomorrow. Get out there, and see things differently, we encourage you to embark on a photographic adventure, observing the world's marvels in a distinct light. Be creative, think outside the box, and share with us your most exceptional and extraordinary photos. 


  • The UK’s GREAT campaign invites the world to join us to ‘see things differently’. As part of the photography competition criteria, we encourage you to capture photos that will make people ‘see things differently’ on the topics of sustainability and climate change.
  • The photograph must clearly relate to the theme of "Sustainability and Communities." It should tell a story or convey a message about the intersection of these two concepts.
  • Judges should look for creative and original interpretations of the theme. We encourage you to think outside the box and capture unique moments.
  • Photographs should convey the impact of sustainable practices or the role of communities in environmental conservation. Images that show positive changes.
  • Judges should evaluate the overall aesthetics and composition of the photograph, including elements like framing, lighting, colour, and use of space.
  • A powerful photograph often elicits an emotional response from the viewer. Consider how well the image engages the viewer's emotions and draws them into the story.
  • Photographs submitted should reflect diversity and inclusivity, showing how sustainability and communities intersect across different cultural, economic, and social contexts.
  • All photographs should respect the privacy and consent of individuals featured in the photographs. Any ethical concerns related to the capture of sensitive or private moments will be firmly addressed and will be considered as an official withdrawal from competition.
  • Submitted photographs must be the original work of the participant and not breach any copyright or intellectual property rights.
  • British Council should keep the right to publish/use all submitted photographs while protecting the photographer's copyrights
  • Each Photographer is entitled to participate in the competition with only one Photograph in JPEG or JPG format with high quality with a minimum size of 3000 pixels and 300 dpi printing quality. Digital edits are prohibited.
  • Photographers have to be located in Qatar.
  • Valuable prizes for the first 10 winners from each category will be handed by high-profile figures from Qatar UK Festival 2023 stakeholders and a diverse panel of judges during Family UK Day at the British Council which will take place on the 23rd of November. 
  • Winners’ photographs will be recognised and showcased on British Council digital platforms will be recognized and showcased, whether through exhibitions, online galleries, or other means. 

The deadline for submission is 16 November 2023, if you have any inquiries, please contact us at or call us at 4425 1814 

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