UIC TopRail Photo Competition 2021 themed around “My Secret Rail Spots”

“Inspiring the world to enjoy sustainable tourism on rail”

As part of the European Year of Rail, UIC is organising a photo competition through its TopRail group (rail tourism) under the theme “My Secret Rail Spots”.

The aim of the competition is for railway employees to be ambassadors of their railways and to share their favourite rail spots in order to inspire passengers to hop on a train and get to know these places once it becomes possible to travel again.

Participants have six months, until 10 September, to upload a picture of their secret railway spot to the PollUnit platform.

The photo with the most “likes” by the end date wins the competition. The winners will be announced on 26 October during the TopRail Forum.

The 12 photos with the most “likes” will be used to produce a UIC TopRail calendar for 2022 and a selection will be published on the UIC Instagram page under the hashtags:


Who can participate?

This competition is for employees of UIC Members to become the best ambassadors of their railways.

How to enter the competition

To take part in the competition, please provide the following information:

  • A good quality photo of your secret railway spot in either PNG or JPEG format (minimum resolution 300 DPI for printing the calendar / 3000 x 2400 pixels);
  • Name of the photographer;
  • Company and Position;
  • Contact details (email address);
  • Place where the photo was taken with short description.

Deadline for submission: 10 September 2021

Upload your photo at the following link:


*The photos will only be used in the context of the competition, not for commercial use.

*Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. For awarded pictures, copyright holders grant the International Union of Railways an unlimited and non-exclusive right to use the pictures for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the UIC, without any remuneration being due. For all pictures except awarded pictures, copyright holders grant the UIC a non-exclusive use of pictures in a non-public archive for its educational and research activities, without any remuneration being due.

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Wednesday 5 May 2021