Photo of the month - Competition of the TUM Global & Alumni Office

A picture is worth a thousand words. Through the photo competition of the TUM Global & Alumni Office, our students and staff all throughout the year share impressive moments they captured on camera during their stays abroad. Winning photos are chosen at the end of each month and have the chance to be featured in the TUM G&A Office photo calendar.

Photo competition 2020: online voting is open

After pre-selection by a TUM-internal jury, the 24 best submissions for this year's photo competition are set. Now it's up to you: Which of them should be featured in the TUM Global & Alumni Office's photo calendar 2021? Have your say and choose your three favorites by September 15. Click here to vote

Send us your favorite pictures of your stay abroad! The best images are rewarded at the end of every month, shared via TUM's social media channels, and will be part of the online vote for inclusion in our annual photo calendar.

Photos of the month in July

Photo of the month: How to participate

Possible subjects

Your possibilities are in principle unlimited. A good example would be a special moment which enriched your stay abroad in a profound way. Maybe you met some inspiring people or encountered an eye-opening scene or situation. Our aim is to show as many facets of academic stays abroad as possible. Therefore, it would be particularly desirable if your picture was connected to your area of studies, e.g.:

  • Biodiversity and Land Tenure      
  • Cultural Heritage and History
  • Innovative Energy Supply and Infrastructure Projects
  • Urban and Rural Mobility
  • Mechatronics, Information Technology, and Robotics
  • Sports and Health
  • City Planning and Landscape Architecture

Competition rules

All TUM students and staff are welcome to participate. This includes all international visiting students and researchers. TUM alumni are also welcome to participate!

Submission / Contact

Send your photos to

Technical requirements

  • Landscape format
  • Resolution of 300dpi
  • Preferably jpg or tif

Photo descriptions and legal basis

Please submit a suitable picture title and a picture description of about 1 to 3 sentences for each of your photos.

Please note the Legal Regulations (PDF, 71 KB) for the participation in the photo competition of TUM Global & Alumni Office.

Selecting the winners

Every month, a TUM-internal jury awards the three best pictures. Each winner receives a voucher for shops that offer fair and sustainable products. These winning photos will enter into a TUM-wide online vote from the beginning of august, in which all students and employees can vote for their favourite pictures for the photo calendar of the following year. 

Publication of the photos

The thirteen best pictures  – twelve calendar sheets plus cover – will be published on TUM social media and in the TUM Global & Alumni Office Photo Calendar. In a print run of 3,500 pieces, the calendar will be distributed both internally at TUM and sent to all partner universities worldwide. 

Photo of the month: the winners so far