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Open call for your photos of Cambridge!

Open call for your best lockdown photos

Open Cambridge invites people to submit either their favourite lockdown photo or simply their most creative or unusual photograph of the city or any area in Cambridgeshire. The best photographs will be uploaded to the Open Cambridge website and social media as an online gallery during the weekend of the Festival. Those submitting photos may like to write a short story relating to the photograph, particularly if it relates to the past. Open Cambridge is part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, which is designed to offer special access to places that are normally closed to the public or charge admission, with local stories at its heart. This year's Heritage Open Days theme is #HiddenNature, so photos capturing this theme are especially welcome.

Speaking ahead of this year’s Open Cambridge, Coordinator Sue Long said: “Open Cambridge is about celebrating the city and beyond. As such, the idea behind the online gallery is to celebrate the unusual sights and to reveal the hidden sides of Cambridge. We want to see images that portray the lesser-documented parts of the city and county in a creative way as well as images that capture individual communities during lockdown.”

Sue added: “This is the first time we have ever done something like this at Open Cambridge, so we are very much looking forward to seeing all the submissions over the coming weeks and creating a visual record of this unusual time and what we remember about it.”

Read the full press release about this year's festival here.

Photographs of Cambridge and related short articles (500 words or less) can be submitted from now until 28th August.


To submit:

  • You can either attach your photo(s) to the email or, if it/they are very large files, upload to and email from there or copy and paste a download link into your email.
  • Include any accompanying text in the body of your email.
  • Please let us know if you want to be credited for your submission and exactly how your name should appear. If you would prefer your submission to remain anonymous, please state this in your email.
  • If you have any social media handles you would like included in posts related to your submission, please include these in your submission email. We will try to include them in related posts, but cannot guarantee to be able to do so.

Email your submission to:

Please carefully read terms and conditions below before submission.


Terms and Conditions
By submitting your contribution to the Public Engagement and Festivals team, you allow the University to use the material in your contribution in any way it may reasonably choose on a free-of-charge and perpetual basis in any media throughout the world, so you may see your contribution on a University website or its social media channels and on other sites and channels who have our permission to feature some of our content.
You must be at least 18 years of age to submit a contribution and if you are under this age you confirm you have obtained the consent of your parent/guardian.
The University very much hopes to be able to use your contribution but cannot guarantee to do so. You grant the University the right to change or edit or remove your contribution for operational and editorial reasons, including but not limited to the creation of a new piece combining some or all of your contribution with those of others.
The University respects photographers’ rights and does not claim copyright over images and accompanying text submitted, you the author retain full copyright in each submission. Whenever we use your contribution you will be credited unless you express the preference to remain anonymous. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition.
You confirm that your contribution is your own original work, is made in your personal capacity, and does not contain any harmful, hateful, offensive, defamatory or offensive content, content that may put children at risk, or content that infringes anyone’s rights.
You also confirm that you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your contribution to allow us to upload and use the contribution as set out in these Terms and Conditions.
Should your contribution contain third party content such as others’ text, images or property, the copyright in that content may belong to someone else, which means, unless they say otherwise, you will have to obtain their permission to include it in your contributionand allow us to upload and use the contribution as set out in these Terms and Conditions. 
The University may need to contact you for administrative or verification purposes in relation to your submission.
If you do not want to grant the University permission to use your contribution in accordance with the Terms and Conditions, please do not share with or submit it to us.
Data Protection
The University will collect and process the personal information you provide as part of your submission. Further information about the University’s use of your personal information is at: