Are you interested in photography? Want to win £50 book token?

Elizabeth Andrews
Friday 20 September 2019

film still from Double Indemnity showing a woman and man in a car

Any of you shutterbugs out there interested in a book token worth £50?

Here’s the skinny…

This year’s University Booker Project book is Robin Robertson’s The Long Take, a grim tale with film noir at the centre of its dark heart.

Now the Library’s asking students to submit up to three photographs in the noir style, dig: we’re looking for hats, suits, gangsters and good guys, dames and femmes fatales, smoke, rain, fog, cities at night, speakeasies, and…death!

Anything you submit, we should be able to show to your grandmother, PG-13 capiche, and we want a word or two on your influences and intentions. To help you out, you can find a bundle of films to get your mits on in the Library – from classics like Double Indemnity to the future noir of Blade Runner and even Pokemon noir Detective Pikachu, and everything in-between.

Deadline to enter is Friday 18 October. Want to be wise, email:

P.s. Robin Robertson will be coming to St Andrews to give a talk about The Long Take on Wednesday 6 November, watch this space for more details! The competition winner will also have the chance to meet the author.

Competition regulations and process:

  • Select up to 3 images (1-3) you have taken yourself (ensuring you have secured explicit permission from anyone who is included in the photos).
  • Send these images as an email attachment or share them, if you use a file transfer site or OneDrive, to
  • In the email include a few sentences to explain what your influences have been and how you’ve interpreted the film noir style.
  • In the email include a statement to show that you are the creator of the image(s) and that each person depicted in the entry has granted permission to be portrayed as shown and all other relevant permissions has been obtained.
  • Winning images will be published online.
  • We must receive the images by Friday 18 October.
  • Competition open to University of St Andrews students only.

By submitting your images, you grant the University of St Andrews permission to use your images for publicity purposes online and in print publications.

Image: Promotional still [text added] from the 1944 film Double Indemnity: public domain (

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