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ICS photo competition

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”- Aaron Siskind, American photographer.

We're looking for stunning images that capture the special moments of your ICS experience - from your everyday life on placement to unique features of your local environment.

This year's competition has now closed - we'll be announcing the winner in November.


Host home

We're looking for an image that captures your daily family life on placement, outside the project work. This could be your host home, host family or an activity you and your hosts got up to.


What makes your counterpart so special or stand out?  Do you have a picture that sums up your relationship?

Environment and community

Photos should portray the characteristics of the local community or the environment you’re based in.


Photos should demonstrate the work undertaken by you and your team: show us the communities you worked with, and how your projects contributed to community development.

Action at Home

After three months on placement, how did you change things in your community back home? Still going? Even better!


The overall winner will be profiled in the ICS newsletter, and their winning photo will be shared with thousands of people as part of our recruitment campaign. They will also receive two tickets to the VSO Volunteer Impact Awards on 26 November, where their image will be on show as part of the ICS Photo Exhibition.

Five runners up will each receive two tickets to the VSO Volunteer Impact Awards, and their photos will be part of the ICS Photo Exhibition.

Terms and conditions

VSO will use the information you give us in accordance with the ICS data protection and privacy statement

Before you enter, make sure you've read the competition rules and the full terms and conditions.

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Funded by the UK Government

ICS is funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) which leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty.

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