Our top five highlights from the ‘My Erasmus+ Moment’ photo competition

A picture says a thousand words. That is why this year we held our second annual Erasmus+ photo competition and were overwhelmed with your response! This post has a rundown of our favourite moments from the competition. Maybe you missed it, or want to know what our winners have been up to? Read on to find out more.

The 2016 Erasmus+ photo competition winners with UK National Agency Director Ruth Sinclair-Jones and Julie James AM

Pictured L-R: National Agency Director Ruth Sinclair Jones, Director’s Choice winner Šarūnas Nejus, Minister for Skills and Science Julie James AM, Director's Choice winner Andreea Blaga and winner of the most 'likes' for their image on Facebook, Nicholas Mash.

1. Receiving a flurry of entries

This year’s competition was open to 2016 UK Erasmus+ participants from 5 September to 13 October 2016. We asked participants to share a photo and caption that captured the benefits of being involved in the Erasmus+ programme and the personal impact it has had – their ‘Erasmus+ Moment’. We received over 70 entries which made judging or the more difficult. Take a look at all the submissions in our entries gallery

2. Seeing the diversity of Erasmus+ experiences

We received a range of photos from locations across the globe, from students reaching the highest peaks through team working in Bavaria, to staff building new partnerships and sharing ideas in London. There was representation from across the sectors and different Key Actions of the programme.

A display of entries from the 2016 Erasmus+ photo competition

A snapshot of the entries we received.

3. Hearing your stories

As well as stunning images, we received inspirational quotes about life changing Erasmus+ Moments. Joanna Busk said this about her experience:

My Erasmus+ moment taught me that if you are daring and fearless with the world; it will take you to the most unexpected, exciting, authentic places and people. Thanks to my adventure in the Netherlands, I now have life changing memories and a little bicycle stamped on my heart.

4. Announcing our winners!

We were delighted to announce our ten winning entries for 2016. This included three overall winners, two chosen by our UK National Agency Directors and the photo which received the most ‘likes’ on Facebook. Take a look at our winners’ gallery or our Flipagram below.

5. Sharing the stage with our winners at our Annual Conference

Three of our winners joined us in Cardiff for the ‘Erasmus+ Effect’ Annual Conference. We invited them on stage to receive a special canvas print of their winning photo and to share their experience with our delegates. We were also able to offer professional references to winners to enhance their CV. One of our Director’s Choice winners, Šarūnas Nejus (pictured right below), said: "I was really happy to be nominated one of the photo competition winners and thus be able to attend the conference, where I met great people, learnt more about Erasmus+ and also got a chance to speak about my experience.”

Competition winner Sarunas stands on stage at the Erasmus+ Effect Annual Conference to collect his prize

Winner Šarūnas Nejus receiving his prize at the 'Erasmus+ Effect' Annual Conference, from UK Managing Director for Ecorys.

We would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s competition and shared their Erasmus+ Moment.  

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