Grad Life Through a Lens

Backpacking Brothers Graham Fonseca: Winner of the Winter 2019 Photo Contest

Graduate student life is better when it’s shared with friends and peers. Grad Life through your Lens is a competition that is about sharing. Sharing the experiences of campus life with other graduate students by capturing one of the moments of beauty, humour or friendship that make up graduate student life. We want images that capture your experiences at UBC!

Theme: Wonders at work! Show us something about your work or study as a grad student that you find exciting. It could be your workspace, an object or piece of equipment, a person – really anything, as long as it’s linked to your work or study (field work, internships or projects in all fields and disciplines).


  • All UBC Graduate students are invited to participate.
  • No more than 3 entries per person.
  • The judges will be taking in consideration the following: creativity, composition and relevance to the topic/theme.
  • Use common file formats (jpeg, gif, png, tiff) and a max. of 5 MB per photo. Make sure you retain a high-resolution copy of your photographs to ensure we can properly display them.
  • By submitting your photo to the contest, you must agree that you have permission to take the photo of the selected location, intellectual and/or artistic copyright, and individuals, and have their permission to enter the photo in this contest; and as the photographer, you retain copyright to the photo submitted, you grant the GSS a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to display your submitted images and use them in future marketing publications, on our website or elsewhere.
  • Judges reserve the right to exclude any photos that are deemed inappropriate and/or are a violation of Canadian Copyright laws.
  • Please do not submit photos of children unless there’s given consent.


  • Submit your photo via Instagram DM (UBCGSS) or to
  • Submissions must include your name, title of the photo (description), location the photo was taken, and the name of your program.
  • Submissions close at noon on February 28th, 2020


  • Ben Hill, GSS Communications and Marketing Director, Ben manages the communications and marketing functions of the GSS as well as curating the GSS brand. As a communications professional in the the UK and Canada he has led a wide range of digital and print design projects.
  • Pouya Rezaeinia, GSS VP Students
  • Victoria Gomez, MLIS Student, LASSA Co-President, GSS Councillor iSchool

Prize: photo displayed in the GSS Loft as well as website plus $100 Gift Card

*Winner will be announced via email and posted on Social Media as well as the GSS Newsletter

Contact Us: If you have questions, please contact


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Thea Koerner House, the home of the Society, has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.


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