Competition: Share Your Laidlaw Summer Story for a Chance to Win £100!

Calling all current Laidlaw Scholars! It's your time to shine.
Competition: Share Your Laidlaw Summer Story for a Chance to Win £100!

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As you embark on your research and leadership journeys this summer, we want to hear (and see!) all about it. That is why we are launching the "Laidlaw Summer Stories 2024" competition – a chance for you to get creative, share your experiences, and win some amazing prizes along the way.

Your Mission:

Document your Laidlaw summer through your own lens. We are most interested in YOUR personal journey, the challenges you overcome, the 'aha!' moments, and how the programme has transformed you as a leader, researcher, and global citizen. There are no limits on creativity or format: 

  • Make a TikTok that captures the essence of your Laidlaw experience;
  • Craft a heartfelt poem that reflects on your personal growth and learnings;
  • Write an original song inspired by the people, places, or moments that defined your summer;
  • Share a series of photos that tell the story of your unique Laidlaw adventure;
  • ...or surprise us: we are open to any and all creative expressions of your Laidlaw journey!

The Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: £100 for the most engaging and impactful submission.
  • Category Prizes: £30 each for the following categories:
    • Most Creative
    • Most Humorous
    • Most Insightful

How to Enter:

Deadline for submissions is September 30th.

Selecting the Winner: 

  • The grand prize winner will be selected through a combination of Laidlaw community voting and a jury panel review.
  • Category prize winners will be selected through Laidlaw community voting. 

Winners will be announced in early November.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or email us at 

Terms & Conditions 


  • The competition is open to all Laidlaw Scholars from the 2024 and 2023 cohorts of the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership & Research Programme.
  • Submissions must be related to the Scholar's Laidlaw experience and can be in any format (video, poem, song, photo series, etc.).


  • Scholars must upload their entries to the Summer Stories 2024 room on the Laidlaw Scholars Network and fill out the submission Google Form by 11:59 PM BST on September 30th, 2024.
  • Each Scholar may submit only one entry.


  • The Grand Prize winner will be determined by a combination of public vote (50%) among Laidlaw Scholars and a jury panel review (50%) by the Laidlaw Foundation.
  • Category winners will be determined solely by public vote among Laidlaw Scholars.
  • Judging criteria for the Grand Prize include: engagement, impact, originality, creativity, and relevance to Laidlaw values.


  • Grand Prize: £100 (or equivalent currency: $125 USD, $165 CAD, €115, HK$1000) voucher to a retailer of your choice or a donation of equal value to your preferred charity.
  • Category Prizes: £30 (or equivalent currency: $40 USD, $50 CAD, €35, HK$300) voucher to a retailer of your choice or a donation of equal value to your preferred charity.
  • Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

Intellectual Property:

  • By submitting an entry, participants grant the Laidlaw Foundation a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, and display their content for promotional and marketing purposes.
  • Participants retain ownership of their original content.


  • The Laidlaw Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any entry that violates these terms and conditions.
  • The decisions of the Laidlaw Foundation and the judging panel are final.
  • The Laidlaw Foundation reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time.

By participating in the Laidlaw Summer Stories competition, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions.

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