Help us remember: UP Archives launches #UPStaySafe competition to capture life during COVID-19 lockdown

Posted on July 17, 2020

The UP community, scattered across South Africa’s provinces as well as beyond our borders, is facing the unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis in different ways. All of us, whether undergraduate or postgraduate student, academic staff, administrative or professional services personnel or a member of the Executive, are trying to create a sense of “normality” and cope with our various situations.

The UP Archives would like to capture and preserve for future generations the way in which members of the UP community managed and coped with the lockdown, which has required us to go against many of our most natural instincts and stay away from one another and our places of work in order to stay safe.

#UPStaySafe is a competition launched by the UP Archives in collaboration with the Department of Institutional Advancement and PDBY to create a photographic memory of how we as students and staff of the University of Pretoria managed the coronavirus pandemic.

All students and staff are eligible to win a prize of up to R5 000 by submitting selfies and other photographs that reflect on how you see life during lockdown, and how it has affected you: we want to capture and archive the fears and frustrations, but also the hope and humanity that emerged during this extraordinary period in human history.

The photographs will become part of the UP Archives’ collection, where they will be preserved for future generations to show how we as members of the UP community overcame a global adversary. 

UP Archives would love to receive your submission so we can record your story.

Remember: The uncertainty is certain, the way forward uncertain… but we do know that this too will pass and one day we will reflect back – together – on these remarkable days.

Rules and regulations:

Participation in the competition is voluntary and free, and open to all students and staff of the University of Pretoria.

On submission the photographs and copyright will become the property of the UP Archives.

The University of Pretoria will not be held responsible or liable for any damages, expenses or loss of whatever nature or injuries incurred during the participation in the competition.

Participants in the competition understand and agree that in order to enter the competition the entrant must obtain prior written permission from the person/s in the photograph that his/her photo will be submitted for a UP competition and used in exhibits (if applicable ).  The University will not collect personal information of individuals, unless such information is voluntary disclosed.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The University reserves the exclusive right, at its sole discretion, to discontinue the competition at any time.

It is your responsibility to ensure that any information which you provide to us is accurate, complete and up to date. 

No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, delayed or damaged in transmission.

Closing date: The competition runs from 22 May 2020 to 22 July 2020.  No late entries will be accepted or considered.


  • Please submit your entry/ies by emailing it to [email protected]
  • Please include your name, surname, student/personnel number, degree/ faculty/ professional services department and contact details.
  • Please include a caption or description for each selfie/photograph, including the date on which it was taken.
  • A maximum of 5 selfies /photographs entries per person can be entered.


  1. Overall winning submission: R5 000
  2. Best UP student submission: R2 500
  3. Best UP staff submission: R2 500


- Author Khayalethu

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