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Image Submission for Ireland


To encourage students to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

The topic for 2021 is Let's Create A World Without Racism.


  1. Entries must be made by individuals.

  2. No more than 1 entry per person.

  3. Entries must be original content.

  4. Entries must be submitted as a digital image. Photos are acceptable. Scanned images of other forms of artwork eg clay, pottery, statue, needlework, painting, poster, etc. are also acceptable. Images must be saved at the highest possible resolution. They must be 4 megapixels or above so they can be enlarged. No preference over landscape or portrait images.

  5. If you've entered the competition before you may have been asked to submit a parent or guardian consent form, this is no longer required.

See our FAQ if you have questions.

Judging Criteria

  1. Quality of the image.

  2. Definition, clarity and fairness.

  3. A representation of some knowledge of the subject and first hand experience if possible.

  4. Keep in mind Catholic Social Teaching as you are composing the image.

  5. Originality.

  6. Audience appeal. WOW factor.

  7. Potential Social Impact.

  8. Expression of theme/innovative means of delivering message. Is it relevant?

  9. Subject matter. Is the subject matter displayed in the photo appropriate to the theme?

1st place prize €300!

2nd place prize €150!

3rd place prize €100!

Deadline for entries: 20 February 2021

Submit an Image

For our image competition you can be in a team of up to 3 people; if you wish to enter by yourself, just use the first team member.

Privacy Notice

Our lawful basis for collecting and using your personal data as part of this competition is legitimate interests, where we need a certain amount of personal data from you to be able to process and consider your submission. Any personal data we collect is used to:
  • Accept competition registration and entries.
  • Judge competition entries and choose the winners.
  • Publish on this website and in various Columban and other online and print media the names/school names and entry titles/content of the competition winners.
  • Distribute competition prizes.
  • Contact individuals for their input on our services, or to communicate information (e.g. to inform entrants if they've won/lost the competition or to help if there are problems with an entry).
  • Provide you access to our website.
  • Analyse & customise your usage of our website.
  • Help protect us against criminal or malicious activity such as fraud.
  • Maintain our website performance, security and reliability.
For more information please read the Columban Competition Privacy Policy before making your submission.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting an entry to the Columbans Schools Media Competition, you agree to be legally bound by the competition rules, our website terms and conditions, and these terms and conditions for the competition:
  • The competition is open to UK residents only (including residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
  • Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By submitting any entry to the Columbans in Britain, you agree to grant the Columbans in Britain a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable right and worldwide licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and exercise all publicity rights with respect to your entry, and/or to incorporate your entry in other works, in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your entry, and in accordance with privacy restrictions set out in the Columban Competition’s Privacy Policy.
  • By submitting an entry, you agree for the Columbans in Britain to use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising and presentations.
  • Any contribution must be your own original work; it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights.
  • Failing to either be the copyright holder or have the copyright holder's permission is grounds for disqualification from the competition.
  • If your contribution features other people who are recognisable, you are responsible for ensuring that you have their permission for the contribution to be treated according to the uses set out above.
  • Any images of children used in the submission must have written permission from their parent/guardian for the contribution to be treated according to the uses set out above. Winners will be required to make the signed permission available to the competition organisers.
  • If your submission is an image of the work of someone else, eg. painting, needlework or religious statue, every effort must be made to get permission from the artwork’s owner or creator.
  • The competition closes at midnight on Saturday 20th February 2021. Entries received after this date and time will not be considered. Any entry that is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the Columbans in Britain.
  • Rude, insensitive or inappropriate submissions will be deemed invalid and appropriate action will be taken.
  • The judges shall assess the entries and winners selected. The judges’ decisions shall be final. No feedback on any entry will be provided.

If you've entered the competition before you would have been asked to submit a parent or guardian consent form, this is no longer required.

Entry will open on 5 October 2020.