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The RoadrunnersEngaged Ethical Photo Contest is back for the 2016-17 academic year. Students, faculty and staff can now share their civic engagement via social media in an ethical manner.

With your picture, include a brief caption of the type of service you are performing with #UTSAengaged.

Increase your chances of winning by tagging our handle @UTSAengaged.

If you or your organization are interested in submitting a photo, remember the follow contest guidelines along with some resources about being ethical with your social media posts.

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: student awards, faculty and staff award, and student organization award
Awards and Prizes
Top 3 Student Awards
1st place- $100
2nd place- $75
3rd place- $50
Top Award for Faculty/Staff Member: $50
Student Organization Award: $100
Click here to view all 2017 submissions

Judging Criteria
Judging will be based on the following criteria: Does the photo show member(s) from UTSA contributing to the San Antonio community? Does the photo description align with the service/engagement being displayed in the picture? Is the picture in focus and not staged? Does the picture show people with dignity, equality, support, and integrity? Is the location of the event tagged?


All eligible photos must follow the following guidelines:

  • Submit photo from an Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account.
  • Use #UTSAengaged in order for your photo to be entered in the contest.
  • Tag @UTSAengaged to increase your chances of winning.
  • Tag the location of the service event on your picture.
  • UTSA student organizations must submit photo from their official social media account.
  • Short accompanying description must be included with photo to make it eligible for contest entry.
  • No children should be visibly recognizable in the photo due to privacy and confidentiality.

Why an "Ethical" photo contest?
An ethical photo contest develops the opportunity for individuals to pause and reflect about the intentions of their service as they post their photos to Instagram: “What are my intentions in serving others? Is our organization just doing good or are we making an impact? Does my service perpetuate stereotypes or am I working to tear them down? What is the impact I hope to express in this photo or what am I trying to say about civic engagement?”

We have good intentions when we serve in the community. Through our community engagement we often encounter difficult and challenging circumstances and in light of such circumstances we work together to align intentions, ideals and actions so as to ensure we are having an ethical impact on the lives of others in our community.

Helpful Resources

Below are some helpful sites in regards to ethical photos via social media. Please review these resources in order to prevent any issues or problems with photo submissions: