Tuesday 18 March 2014 - 00:00 to Thursday 03 April 2014 - 00:00
Libya and Worldwide


The British Council is delighted to launch its international photography competition ‘21st Century Skills’.

The competition provides an ideal opportunity for photographers internationally to showcase their talents. The prize for the winning photographer will be a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera with 55-200mm and 18-55mm lenses.

Competition Overview

The competition focuses on images depicting positive and innovative views of skills development in formal training environments, including colleges and the workplace.

In many parts of the world skills training has an image problem; we are looking for pictures that challenge the tired stereotypes of oily overalls and dingy factories. Instead we want images that show the modern face of skills training, illustrating that such training can be fun and inspiring, founded on quality and excellence, with the range of subjects covered – from sound engineering to fashion design - surprisingly broad. The pictures shown on this page.

As well as a global winner, there will be one winner selected from Libya and awarded a prize.

Images should be submitted by 12 noon UK time on 3 April 2014.

How to Apply? (Technical Specifications and Rules)

The competition is open to everyone aged 16 years and over. Where a participant is under the age of 18, his/her entry must be submitted on behalf of the participant by a parent/guardian over the age of 18 years who, in submitting the entry, agrees to and accepts these competition rules. To accept the competition rules please click here.

Images should not exceed 2MB. Applicants whose images are shortlisted for the final will later be asked send a larger resolution version of their images for printing and display at Going Global. (300 DPI in 370mm in length, unless the image is square, in which case all sides should be 320mm).

Where possible images should be submitted as TIFFs. JPEGs and PNGs are also acceptable.

The photographer should accept the competition rules.

Any people depicted in the pictures over engaged in skills training or skills development activities should sign the DP1 Photo Consent form. If the people depicted are under the age of 18, their legal guardian(s) should sign the consent form on their behalf

Images and the DP1 Photo Consent forms (below) (if any people appear in the photo) should be sent to:

(REMINDER: All applicants must first accept the competition rules to be eligible for entry)

The British Council reserves the right to refuse any entry which lacks the technical specifications and consent forms.

The British Council reserves the right to alter, amend or foreclose this competition without prior notice.

Images should be submitted by 12 noon UK time on 3 April 2014.


Ten images will be shortlisted by the British Council UK Skills team, who have many years of experience in addressing skills and employability challenges around the globe, and by two skills experts from vocational education institutes.

These images will then be displayed on the competition webpage, and an online public vote will determine the five most popular images.

These five images will then be printed, mounted and displayed at the prestigious Going Global conference in Miami, United States on 29 April 2014 where selected delegates will vote to determine the winner of the competition.