Use your camera to capture a compelling moment at CUNY and win an iPad! Enter our monthly student photo competition, generally by the 25th of every month — now through May. If CUNY’s judges pick you as the monthly winner, you and your photo will be featured during the following month on the cuny.edu homepage billboard, each month contest winners page, Instagram, Twitter and CUNY Facebook, which also will show two runners-up. In June, all CUNY students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite monthly winner to decide which is the best student photo of the year. The winner will receive an iPad.
What judges look for: Our panel of professional photographers, editors and graphic artists looks for images that say something about our students, faculty, staff, a CUNY college or a campus activity. The judges favor images that tell stories, including human interest. They reserve the right to not choose a winner in a month that does not have strong images. Please view the full official rules page for more specific details.
Hint: We suggest that contestants look at past monthly winners to get a sense of what CUNY judges have liked — but please do something original! Use the links available on the left side of this page. See below for the previous iPad winners.
Winner 2017-2018 CUNY Photo Challenge
In online balloting, students chose “Two Worlds Collide,” a self-portrait of Yerelyn Nuñez that she set up (her brother pushed the button) in Astoria, as their favorite among the monthly winners in CUNY’s 2017-2018 photo competition. Nuñez graduated from the CUNY School of Professional Studies in June with a B.A. in Communications and Media.
In “Unbottled Emotions: The Finals Cycle,” Brooklyn College’s Mohammad “Chomio” Nasrullah, then a senior, posed fellow student Kelly Alvarez in multiple positions around the table, then combined the images in Photoshop.
“Capital of the World” offers a classic view of the East River from a vantage point high above Manhattan’s Financial District. Mauricio Vallejo, then a Hunter College sophomore, shot it at 11 p.m. on Christmas night, 2014, from the 32nd floor apartment of a friend’s friend on Water Street.
“Flight Crew” exemplifies the exuberance of Queens College’s Filipino club of the same name, showing how hard students can party – even if the Princeton Review consistently lists Queens as among the country’s Top 20 Sober Schools. The photographer is Erick Dabandan (Queensborough Community College, 2011, Queens College, 2015).
“Bridge to College” is a moody take on a classic New York City scene – the Brooklyn Bridge – which Paloma Nunciato (BMCC, 2014) crossed every day on her way to class. “I’ve taken many pictures on the bridge, but I think this one has a unique feeling. I was in the right place at the right moment.”
‘We Did It!’ Denis Gostev (Baruch College, 2012) captures the victory of the Staten Island Dolphins over the Baruch Bearcats in the 2011 CUNY Athletic Conference Baseball Championship. He won the September 2011 competition with this image and captured the January 2012 competition with another.