Send us a treasured photograph that you have captured of Oxford, taking your inspiration from Joanna Vestey's new book.

Norma Aubertin-Potter 

Above: Norma Aubertin-Potter in the Codrington Library as photographed by Joanna Vestey

Inspired by local photographer Joanna Vestey's book, Custodians, we are running a competition to see alumnis' own skilfully taken pictures of Oxford. See Vestey's work here to get an idea of what we are looking for: Oxford's extraordinary buildings.

We would like alumni to submit a thoughtful picture of Oxford that they have taken themselves, whether as a student or since. By all means send an accompanying caption to roughly date the image and to explain its significance. Winners will be picked by the editorial team at Oxford Today, with Joanna Vestey. The criteria for judging are visual intrigue, image quality and a sense of individuals owning/being owned by Oxford buildings, rather like Vestey’s book. It does not have to be a building - it could also be a landscape. 

 The idea of the competition is that alumni submit a thoughtful or treasured picture of Oxford that they have taken themselves, whether as a student or since. By all means send an accompanying caption dating the image, and explaining its significance.

Above: Prof. Sir David Watson at The Radcliffe Observatory

The Prize
Five copies of Joanna Vestey’s book Custodians, signed and donated by the author. The book was recently published by Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. The book brings together for the first time, in a beautifully compiled collection, images of many of Oxford's most prestigious buildings, and their 'Custodians'. Vestey set out to explore Oxford's extraordinary colleges and buildings behind the closed doors, often beyond the reach of the 9.5 million visitors a year, and to meet the 'custodians' playing a pivotal role in perpetuating these world renowned institutions.

Append your COLLEGE, YEAR of MATRICULATION and DEGREE SUBJECT. Submit your entry by email to, with 'custodians' in the subject line, or post it to her: Oxford Today Custodians Competition, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD.

Competition entries taken until 1st January 2016, in order that the winner be announced in the new year.


Alice Ogilvie at the Divinity Schools

Terms and conditions

  • Entry is open to all Oxford Alumni Card-holders, excluding members of the University’s Development and External Affairs portfolio and their families.
  • All entries must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere 
  • By entering the competition, entrants agree to grant the University of Oxford a licence to publish the entry in whole or in part in Oxford Today in any format or media throughout the world

Image via Joanna Vestey - more are viewable on her website 


By David White

The Codrington Library surely?

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