Photo Contest

Contest Rules and Information


The 2020 CO-OP photo contest is open to all CO-OP students currently registered at the University of Ottawa. Students who have completed an internship during the winter 2020 term can also participate.

Entering the contest

  • Each student can submit a maximum of five photos.
  • The photos for your entry, along with a completed consent form, must be submitted by noon on September 7, 2020.  
  • We are looking for original photos that highlight and define your unique experience as a CO-OP student, whether it takes place at home or at the office.
  • We recommend that you follow our official Facebook page (uOttawa Coop et Carrières – CO-OP and Careers) to be notified of the voting period, and our Instagram account (@uoExperience), which may feature your photos during and after the contest.


Photos taken for this contest must be related to your work term.

This contest is open to all coop students, whether you are working on location or at home. We want to see what your workplace looks like this summer.

You may submit photos of yourself working alone, or group photos featuring you with your supervisor or your co-workers (in person or on video). The photos should show you on the job during your work term (e.g., at your desk, in the lab, in the shop, out in the field or in other work-related areas). You may submit photos that were taken by you (i.e. you set the camera on self-timer), or by a colleague, if you have received their permission to submit them. We invite you to respect the rules of hygiene and physical distancing when taking your pictures.

Show us how you’ve reorganized a corner of your home. Are you working with your pets? What is making your work experience unique this summer? Be original and creative!

Note: Photos taken by a professional photographer (e.g., a photographer hired to take official company photos) cannot be submitted for this contest.

Ownership and use of photos

All photo entries for the 2020 CO-OP photo contest become the property of University of Ottawa CO-OP and Careers.

All contestants acknowledge that photos submitted may be used by University of Ottawa CO-OP and Careers in promotional materials, advertisements and online marketing materials.

Awarding prizes

The jury will select one photo from your submissions and post all entries on the Facebook page (uOttawa Coop et Carrières – CO-OP and Careers). After a two-week period, the two photos with the most “likes” will each be awarded a $100 cheque. A third winner—our favourite photo—will be selected by CO-OP staff. The voting period will be announced after the contest is closed.

All decisions made by the jury and the Facebook vote are final. 

2020 Prizes

During the Fall 2020 placement period, three winners will be announced:

  • 2 winners from the Facebook vote (those with the most “likes” on Facebook): $100 each
  • 1 CO-OP’s Choice winner: $100


The University of Ottawa is not responsible for any submissions made in error, any corrupted files or submissions that are otherwise damaged, destroyed, lost, late, not viewable, incomplete or misdirected. The University of Ottawa is not responsible or liable for any damage or losses arising from or connected to the photo contest. Submissions that do not fully comply with the contest rules are ineligible. All submissions become the property of University of Ottawa CO-OP and Careers.

Contestants recognize that Facebook and Instagram, as well as their respective stakeholders dismiss any responsibilities with respect to the photo contest. This contest is in no way associated, promoted, cautioned nor administrated by Facebook and/or Instagram.

By submitting photos for this contest, contestants acknowledge that they understand and accept all contest rules.


If you have any questions about the photo contest, please contact

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2018 Photo Contest Winners

Our six winners this year: $100 each

Student giving milk to a cow

Hannah Savoie, Biomedical Sciences

Nixon Dairy Farm - Osgoode, ON 

 Teaching science and engineering to Indigenous youth

Troy Martin, Biology

Akwasahsne Mowhawk School, Cornwall 

Student in a cubicle with a coat.

Michelle Dussault, Computer Science

Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Ottawa

Student on the roof of the Parliament West Block

Félix Bouffard, Civil Engineering

Parliament West Block 

student at work in the conditioning department in the Montreal plant

Louiza Harkouk, Chemical Engineering

L'Oréal Canada 

Herpetology research in the Southwestern United-States

Rachel Bergeron, Biology

Chiricahua Mountains, AZ, États-Unis 



2017 Photo Contest Winners

First prize: $300

Olivia Pantoja,

National Capital Commission

Second prize: $200

Lila Ibrahim 
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Third prize: $100

Thomas Costa

Facebook Winner: $50 Gift Card

Mary Lynn Cottee

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute



2016 Photo Contest Winners

First prize: $300
2016 Photo Contest 1st prize

Andrea Wood
Electronic Arts Inc.

Second prize: $200
Alexis Brittany McMorran 2016 Photo Contest 2nd place winner

Alexis Brittany McMorran
Public Services and Procurement Canada

Third Prize: $100
David Martin 2016 Photo Contest 3rd place winner

David Martin
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Facebook Winner: $50 Gift Card
Charline Guay 2016 Photo Contest Facebook winner

Charline Guay
Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse



2015 Photo Contest Winners

First prize : 300$
Alexa Schryer
Media Relations Office, University of Ottawa
Student with newspapers
Second prize : 200$
Rosalie Forget-Lacoursière
Projects Abroad, South Africa
Student near water in Cape Town South Africa
Third prize : 100$
Danika Lizotte
CAE, Ottawa

Student infront of a plane with Chris Hadfield

2014 Photo Contest Winners

First prize : $500.00

CO-OP student during her work term with Syncrude in Alberta
Laura Wismer
Syncrude, Fort Mcmurray Alberta

Second prize : $250

CO-OP student in a yoga pose in front of the Eiffel Tower
Sara Gill
DATA Company, Paris France

First prize : $500.00

Internal shark tagging practice on a juvenile tiger shark that unfortunately was captured already dead by our research boat the Sinuelo.
Oceanography fishery Laboratory, Rural Federal university of Pernambuco, Brazil

Second prize : St-Laurent Shopping Centre gift card - $150

 Nicholas Legros (myself)
Nicholas Fernand LEGROS
150 Elgin jobsite, Ottawa


Category 1

First prize : $500.00

 Eric Chisholm
Elisabeth Anne GIFFIN
Centre of the Universe, National Research Council, British Columbia

Second prize : $200 Best Buy gift card

 Jenna Findlay
Mid Canada Line, Winisk ON

Third Prize: Fujifilm INSTAX 210 Instant Camera

 Dean Little
Gillian Rebecca FISCHER
Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Category 2

First prize: $500

 Sabina Mihaescu

Second prize: Lomo LC-A+ camera

 Audrey Desmarteaux-Houle
Sapa, Vietnam

Third prize: Fujifilm INSTAX 210 Instant Camera

 Kassandra Woods
Kassandra WOODS
Dakar, Senegal


Category 1

First Prize: $500

Student studying a plant
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada greenhouse

Second Prize: $200 Best Buy Gift Card

A crane working atop a building
Northwood Pulp Mill

Third Prize: $150 American Apparel Gift Card

Un étudiant debout sur un grand camion de construction
MTD, Ottawa

Category 2

First Prize: $500

Une silhouette d'un étudiant assis sur le sol faisant face au Taj Mahal en arrière-plan
Stephen John RODDICK
Agra, India

Second Prize: $200 Best Buy Gift Card

Trois feux d'artifices tirés d'un pont sur une rivière recouverte de neige.
Alexandra Bridge

Third Prize: $150 American Apparel Gift Card

Vue du hublot d'un avion par-dessus son aile sur lequel on voit le logo des Nations Unies. Le haut d'une montagne est visible à l'horizon par-dessus les nuages.
Véronique ETHIER
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