This year, as part of The Bigger Picture photographic competition, we are inviting entries via social media.

As with the online digital competition, your image will need to fit into one of our five categories: Being me; Fragile earth; Society in chaos; New world order; or Age of innovation. Think about how the photograph you take relates to the category you have chosen, and to social science, as you will be asked to supply this information, if you are selected to go through to the final judging.

Photos can be entered via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #esrcphoto. Your account will need to be set to 'public' to use this method. You may also enter via Facebook, with the hashtag #esrcphoto but you will need to post on our Facebook page. You will be able to enter from 1 September 2017 and the competition closes at 16:00 on 30 November 2017. Approved images will be open to public voting from the first to the last day of each calendar month during this period. The top three images for each month will go forward to our judging panel to select a winner.

You can submit up to three images per month, but these cannot be the same images as those you have entered via our online digital competition, or in previous months via social media. Only one image per entrant can go through to final judging.