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

The competition provides an ideal opportunity for photographers internationally (aged 16 years and over) 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 in thecompetition website provide examples of what we have in mind. 


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

How to apply 

Please visit the competition website for more details.


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. 

See also