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Morgan Stanley University Photo Competition for International Students, 2017


Each year, students show Morgan Stanley what the world looks like through their eyes in our annual photo competition. This year’s theme, Places and Spaces, focuses on the various places and spaces where you live, work and travel to.

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You are encouraged to submit photos of Places and Spaces; moments in your lives, your travels and your imagination.


From January 18 to February 19, we encourage you to submit up to two photographs that illustrate Places and Spaces that you have encountered. After all photos are submitted, our panel of judges will narrow-down all submissions to five entries from each region – Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa and North America – based on the following criteria:

  • Theme: does the photo accurately reflect the theme Places and Spaces?
  • Creativity: has the entrant used their imagination to create something original?
  • Style: does the photograph hold a distinctive appearance in its technique and form?
  • Impact: does the photograph influence or have a strong effect on its audience?

The short-listed photos will be published here by March 17 at which point we would ask you return to the site to cast your vote! Chose the one photo you like most! Or the one that represents your campus! Whatever takes your fancy!

Voting period will close on April 23 and the winners will be announced during the week of May 1, 2017.


You can submit your photo by emailing photocompetition-at-morganstanley.com, attaching your photo and specifying the following:

  • Your Name
  • Region
  • University/School where you study
  • A short description (maximum 100 words) of how the photo conveys the theme “Places and Spaces”

In order to be eligible, all entrants must be studying at a university in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa and North America and the photo must come from a university email address. Students should be willing to provide evidence of their enrolment if short-listed.

Please note: by submitting your photo you are agreeing to the terms listed below.


You will be informed by email if your submission has been successful and all short-listed photos will be displayed on this site. Voting will open on March 17 to determine the first-, second-, and third-place winners.

Current students can cast their vote for their favourite photo by emailing photocompetition-at-morganstanley.com.

The voting will close on Sunday April 23, 2017.


The three entries with the most votes from each region will win one of the prizes listed below.

There will also be a global winner chosen from across all regions.

All winners will be informed during the week of May 1, 2017 and announced on this site.


First Prize: Apple Watch Sport
Second Prize: FitBit Activity Tracker
Third Prize: US $100 or equivalent local currency in Amazon vouchers

Who May Enter?
Students who are currently enrolled either full- or part-time at any university. The competition is not open to those students who have already graduated. Entrants must be willing to provide proof they are a current student if they are short-listed.

Entering the Contest:
Participants can submit up to a total of two photos.

Karen McQuaid: Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery – London, UK.
Mandell Crawley: Managing Director, Marketing – New York, North America.
Andrea Dowling: Managing Director, Human Resources – London, UK.
KC Wong: Head of Community Affairs, Internal Communications and Marketing, Asia Pacific.

Please click here to download the judges’ biographies.


All photos must be original photographs taken by, and belonging to, the person submitting. All photos must be submitted electronically by emailing photocompetition-at-morganstanley.com. Please include “Photo Competition” in the subject box.

For a photo in which a person is recognisable, you must secure a model release form from the subject or, in case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian. If your photo is selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide the release to Morgan Stanley. If no release is provided, the photo will be disqualified from the contest.

Click here to download the release form.

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