Calling all UCF students: Is your Instagram game strong? Are you all about the aesthetics? We want to see the best that you’ve got.

Celebrate the start of the new school year at UCF by sharing a photo that encapsulates how it feels to be a Knight. Due to the university’s closure in response to Hurricane Dorian, the contest has been extended through Sept. 15. Students can win black and gold swag by posting their best back-to-school photo on Instagram.

In order to be eligible to win:

  • Participants must be currently enrolled in at least one class at UCF.
  • Participants must follow UCF on Instagram prior to entering (@ucf.edu).
  • Participants must have a public Instagram account for entries to be valid.
  • Only one submission will be considered per account.
  • Participants MUST tag UCF’s account (@ucf.edu) in their photo (not the caption) and use the hashtag #UCFirstDay in the caption to be considered for valid entry.
  • Read the full terms and conditions.

The winning entries will be selected from five categories:

  1. Downtown
    • If you’re attending or visiting the new UCF Downtown campus, capture the excitement and beauty of going to UCF in downtown Orlando.
  2. Murals/Artwork
    • Incorporate a mural, sculpture, painting or stained glass window into your photo. Get creative and show us the most Instagrammable spots at UCF!
  3. Campus Beauty
    • Show us what you love about your campus that most people may not know or that’s from a new perspective.
  4. UCF Spirit
    • When we say ‘Go Knights!’, you say ‘Charge On!’ Love your school? Show us how much.
  5. Best of UCF
    • This goes without saying, but we’re looking for the best of the best. Overall quality, composition and love of UCF!

Each winner selected will receive a prize pack that includes a UCF-themed Corkcicle, Charge On poster, Charge On pennant, Charge On pin, UCF Downtown portable charging device, UCF Downtown T-shirt, Orlando’s Hometown Team flag and Orlando’s Hometown Team lanyard.

Winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 16, by @ucf.edu through direct message and social media posts.

Terms and Conditions

  • Contest runs from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2019.
  • All participants must follow UCF on Instagram prior to entering (@ucf.edu).
  • All participants must have a public Instagram account for entries to be valid.
  • Only ONE (1) submission will be considered per account.
  • Participants MUST tag UCF’s account (@ucf.edu) in their photo (not the caption) and use the hashtag #UCFirstDay in the caption to be considered for valid entry.
  • NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN, LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON, PER SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT.
  • Independent businesses that provide first day photos are not permitted to enter the contest.
  • Entries with multiple people in the photo count as ONE (1) entry on behalf of the posting account.
  • Participants must be currently enrolled in at least one class at UCF.
  • UCF employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate, but are strongly encouraged to participate in sharing their photos from their first day.
  • Judges will consist of the university’s communications and marketing staff. They will vote on the best photos from each of the five categories.
  • At the submission deadline, all valid photo submissions will be collected and placed into the five categories. Submissions will be presented to the university’s communications and marketing staff, who will serve as judges for the contest. The group will vote on one winner per category. Winners will be determined by a majority vote. If a category ends with a tied vote, the president of the university will make the tie-breaking decision.
  • UCF Communications and Marketing is offering ONE (1) prize to each of the category winners (5).
  • Each prize is valued at the amount of $40 and consists of each of the following items: UCF Downtown t-shirt, UCF Downtown power bank, ‘Charge On’ Knightro poster, ‘Charge On’ pennant, ‘Charge On’ pin, UCF Corkcicle bottle, UCF flag, UCF lanyard.
  • Limit ONE (1) prize per winner.
  • Winners will be notified on Monday, September 16 by 11:59 p.m. EST. UCF Communications and Marketing will notify winners via direct message (DM) and social media posts.
  • Winners must claim their prize at the UCF Communications and Marketing office between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Prizes must be claimed by September 20, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  • Participant must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and 18 years of age or older or the legal age of majority in your state of residence.
  • By submitting your entry into the contest, you are granting UCF Communications and Marketing the right to use your submission photos for marketing purposes.
  • UCF reserves the right to modify or cancel this promotion at any time.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Instagram.
  • By submitting their photos, participants warrant and represent that the submitted photos are their original photos taken by the respective participants and that no third party has any rights in, to, or arising out of, or in connection with such photos.
  • In consideration for the benefits received hereunder, by submitting their photos, the winners of this contest assign all rights, title and interest, including but not limited to all copyright, to the University of Central Florida. The winner hereby agrees to execute any and all additional documents to affect such assignment, if and to the extent requested by UCF.
  • Each participant in the contest hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless UCF and those acting for or on its behalf, the UCF Board of Trustees, the State of Florida and the Florida Board of Governors and their respective officers, agents, employees and servants from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, expenses or liabilities of any kind, resulting from or in any way, directly or indirectly, connected with UCF’s use or reproduction in any manner, whatsoever of the submitted photos, or any breach or alleged breach of any of participants’ agreements or representations and warranties herein.