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Photo exhibition Summer in the City

Friday 6 October 2017 - Friday 27 October 2017
Oude UB
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Central Hal

Summer in the City

Leiden & The Hague through student eyes

Leiden’s Nieuwe Rijn thronging with boats, sun-drenched pavement cafés on the Grote Markt in The Hague or a balmy evening at the beach: Leiden and The Hague at their summer best. Even though there are no lectures, by no means all students have flown the city. Many of them are working on their theses in the University library, carrying out research in the lab or simply enjoying the sun at a pavement café.

The Summer in the City photo exhibition shows summer in Leiden and The Hague through the eyes of students and staff at Leiden University. In July and August, the news editors at the Strategic Communication and Marketing department organised a photo competition focusing on summer in Leiden and The Hague.  More than a hundred people submitted one or more photos. Each week the best photos were highlighted as the Photo of the Week on the University’s Facebook page and on our Instagram channel. And at the close of the competition, three winners – the big photos in the central glass cases - were chosen, the makers of which were each presented with an Instax camera.

This collection of photos not only shows the two cities at their best, but is also a good example of how Leiden University interacts with the University community via social media. As more Photos of the Week were published, the number of submissions and the reactions to the photos increased. And by tagging the maker of the photo in messages, the message – and along with it the Facebook page and the Instagram channel – reached a much bigger audience.

Summer in the City is an ode to the summer, and at the same time an ode to Leiden University’s loyal followers on social media.

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