2022 Rules, Guidelines, and Details

Briscoe Library’s reimagined Photography Competition will focus on images that illustrate the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. This is an opportunity for UT Health students, faculty, and staff from all five schools to capture, share, and present their personal experience in one image. This competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase the UT Health community’s creative visual conceptualizations of being an integral part of the health science community during a pandemic.

Photography Competition Submission Form


Submission opens: January 1, 2022
Submission deadline: March 11, 2022
Announcement of the winners will occur at the beginning of April.


First Place: $500
Second Place: $400
Third Place: $300
Fourth Place: $200

A multidisciplinary panel of judges will select one first, second, third, and fourth place winner.

Entrants must accept the contest terms to be eligible for awards.
All images may be printed and displayed at Briscoe Library throughout the duration of the competition and after the competition.


Who can submit?
Entries can be submitted by all current UT Health San Antonio students, faculty, staff, residents, and fellows.
Individual and group entries are welcome. Applicants may submit as individuals even if they are part of a research group. Multiple applicants from the same research group may also submit as individuals, as long as they use their own photograph/image.

Photography Competition Submission Form

What should the image be?
The image should represent your experience with the COVID-19 pandemic as a member of the health science community. The theme is intentionally broad – we want to see a variety of images from a plethora of perspectives and experiences. The image could be anything from your experience in the classroom, lab, clinic, at home, or out in your community. This is an opportunity for creativity, so feel free to put your own interpretation on what this might look like. The submission will also include a brief narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your experience. Your narrative should be written in a clear, concise manner that captures the attention and imagination of both specialists and general audiences.

The image, while in the format of still photography, may depict 2D, mixed media, or 3D content. Animation and/or video content is outside the scope of this competition and will not be accepted.

The submission will be judged on three criteria:
Visual Impact
Connection between image, text, and the pandemic

The entrant must be principal creator of the image. Third party content can be used (for example, mixed with other content), but submitting a third party image unaltered is not permitted. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any use of images or materials that are under copyright by a third party either falls under fair use or that relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed.

What is required for submission?

  • A title of less than 100 characters
  • A 100-200 word narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your experience during the pandemic. If you are submitting multiple photos, the description must be different for each photo.
  • Images should be of the best quality and must meet the following requirements:
    – Maximum file size of 50 MB
    – Minimum resolution of 300 ppi
    – Image must be in JPEG, PNG, or other image file format

Submissions that fail to meet these criteria may need to be changed.
Please keep in mind that all submissions may be printed and mounted for display and may be used for other functions in print or digital format.

If people other than yourself are present in your image, please provide a Model Authorization Release Form for each subject with your submission.
Download the Model Authorization Release Form here.

You must agree to the following license agreement that allows the University to display and provide access to your image:
I am entering a submission to The UT Health San Antonio Libraries’ Photography Competition. For purposes of this Release, my Work consists of: my submission; title and description of my submission; my name; and my biographical material. I do hereby grant The UT Health San Antonio Libraries, and those acting pursuant to its authority, a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable license to:

  1. to reproduce the Work in copies;
  2. to prepare derivative works based upon the Work;
  3. to distribute copies of the Work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  4. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual Works, to perform the Work publicly;
  5. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic Works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual Work, to display the Work publicly; and
  6. in the case of sound recordings, to perform the Work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

I warrant that to the best of my knowledge my Work does not infringe any copyright, invade any right of privacy, or infringe or violate any other right of any person or entity. I further indemnify and hold harmless The UT Health San Antonio Libraries and its licensees, agents and assigns from any claim, suit, damage, loss or expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the foregoing warranties and representations.

For any questions, please contact Kirsten Lorenzen – lorenzenk@uthscsa.edu