Capture the magic of learning for Pearson

Creators Selected On
September 15, 2015
Leading learning company Pearson, along with creative agency Mother London, design partner Together and their guest judge Rankin, invite photographers from all over the world to submit images that capture the essence and emotion of education and learning.

Learning isn’t a destination. It doesn’t start and stop at the classroom door. It is a magnificent road of discovery, mastery, challenge, inspiration, curiosity, serendipity, mistakes and wonder.

The judging panel is looking for submissions that capture the "magic of learning" through striking and memorable imagery with a human presence, that creates an emotional connection with the viewer.

Photographers can submit up to 10 images and will be awarded $500 for each photograph chosen for Pearson’s official photo library; and have their work credited and showcased across Pearson’s official channels. A number of select photographers will also have the potential to continue to work on paid projects for Pearson in the future.

This is your opportunity to capture the power and magic of learning through your photography. We hope you’re inspired to submit your work today.
what the judges are looking for
All images should include a human presence but that can be interpreted in many ways and does not need to include a full body shot. Whether it's a hand reaching out as someone feels their way on a rock climbing adventure pushing their own personal boundaries or a teenager showing their grandparent how to use the internet for the first time, make sure to include a "human" presence in your submissions.

All photographs should use full color and feel optimistic and engaging. Most importantly, they should always put the learner at the centre.
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 70 countries around the world.

Whether it’s through new digital learning products in the US, developing qualifications and assessments in the UK, training school leaders in the Middle East, teaching English in China, or educating professionals through content from the Financial Times, we’re helping people make measurable progress in their lives through learning across all life stages.

We believe in learning – all kinds of learning for all kinds of people, delivered in a personal style. Because wherever learning flourishes, so do people.

Up to 20 photographs, as chosen by Pearson's panel of judges including world renowned photographer Rankin, will be selected. The photographers will receive:
  • $500 for each selected photograph
  • Exposure for their work across Pearson's official channels, subject to the discretion of Pearson
  • Pearson will contact Selected Artists directly regarding the potential to work on paid projects in the future
meet the judges
Rankin is a British photographer, publisher, film director and humanitarian. With a portfolio ranging from portraiture to documentary, he has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Tony Blair, and The Queen to name only a few. Having co-founded the magazine Dazed & Confused, he has remained a prevalent force in publishing and has over 44 photography books to his name. He continues to direct commercials and music videos for some of the biggest artists and brands, as well as directing and producing numerous documentaries and dramas.
Hermeti Balarin
Executive Creative Director - Mother

Works at Mother for six and a half years across most of its clients including Boots, Coca-Cola, Ikea, Beck's and Stella Artois. Hermeti has been part of the leading team on global projects like the Beck's Green Box Project and the Coca-Cola Move to the Beat Olympics campaign for London 2012. Currently works as a executive creative director on Green&Black's chocolate, Powerade and Stella Artois.
Rebecca Sinclair
Global Brand Architect - Pearson

Rebecca Sinclair is Global Brand Architect for Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, based in London. Prior to this, she spent two years in Singapore running Corporate Affairs for Pearson across Asia and ran communications globally for Penguin, the book publisher, for six years. Before joining Pearson 14 years ago, Rebecca worked for PR agency Burson-Marsteller and started her career working in international sales for an academic publisher.
jodie wightman
Creative Director – Together

Jodie has over 10 years of experience in the design industry and loves the challenge of getting to the heart of a brand and the stories they want to tell.

She spent her early career working in London before being drawn by the bright lights of New York City where she then spent a further 5 years working in branding and design. She returned to London a year ago where she joined the team at Together as Creative Director. Her clients span a wide range from global tech giants, to arts organisations and charities. Brands she has worked for include Intel, Acer, Tate Gallery, Sainsbury’s, BBC, Channel 4, Mothercare, Boots and Royal Mail.
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited.
  • Artists may submit up to ten photos in JPG or PNG and no larger than 5MB.
  • Artists must retain a high res version of their submission as it will be required if selected.
  • Photographs must be original (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity.
  • Photographs should include a human presence. Photographers are solely responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting, all necessary usage rights and permissions for the contents of their submission.
  • Photographs should not include any trademarks or service marks of a third party or any location.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Artists that are not selected will not give up any rights to their work, however Pearson has the rights to promote their work on their channels in connection with this Creative Invite. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • Selected Artists will have to sign a model release form and a photography assignment and consent form which assigns ownership of their work to Pearson for global usage. Selected photographs can still be used for artist's own portfolio purposes.
  • Selected Artists may also be asked by Pearson to do separate paid photography assignments.
  • Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within two days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions, as well as submissions that do not fit the brief and follow the guidelines, will be removed.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
Pearson and their panel of judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    July 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline:
    August 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    August 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Creators Selected:
    September 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM
All times are in London Local Time.