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ICS photo competition 2019 rules

Open to all ICS volunteers and alumni around the world, we’re looking for entries that capture the best and brightest moments from your placement or your Action at Home.

How to enter

This year's competition closed at midnight (UK time) on 18 October 2019. 

What the judges are looking for 

We're looking for photos which fits well under one of the entry categories:

  • Host home
  • Counterpart 
  • Environment and community 
  • Project 
  • Action at Home

Your entry needs to: 

  • demonstrate a part of your ICS journey: fundraising, your placement or part of your Action at Home;
  • show how ICS impacts lives and the difference volunteering makes;
  • captures what an ICS project is all about.

This is your opportunity to be creative: show us the moments of your ICS placement that you won't forget!


The winning entries will be chosen based on which, in the opinion of the panel, best represent the power of volunteering, the ICS programme, and the category entered. 

The judging and the announcement of the winners will take place in early November. The winners will be informed by phone and email.  The judges' decision is final and binding. 


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.

Winning entries and other stand-out examples will be showcased across ICS and its partner agencies' social media channels.

Please note: All entries may be used for future marketing campaigns and activity led by VSO and its ICS partners, and the Department for International Development (DFID). 

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Funded by the UK Government.

ICS is funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which projects the UK as a force for good in the world, including reducing poverty and tackling global challenges.

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