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Photo Contest

2018 International Photo Contest 

In celebration of International Education week, the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs department facilities an annual International Photo Contest! Submitted photos are from overseas programs during the 2017 - 2018 academic year (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018). The winners were determined by the amount of likes they received on their photo on Facebook, each winner received a $50 Amazon gift card. Photos from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 programs will be available for submission in our next annual photo contest in Fall 2019 -  stay tuned! 


Winner of the Putting the ‘Study in Study Abroad Category

How Much Dim Sum Can One Eat - Kodai Kubota - Beijing, China (Spring 2018)

“My independent study on how many dumplings one can eat in a day. Results were …. regretful.”


Winner of the Essence of the Host City Category

Birds and Boats on the Ganges - Ella Bock - India (Fall 2017)

“This was taken in the early morning on the boat with my host family while we were feeding the birds on the Ganges in Varanasi.”


Winner of the Natural World Category

Lake of the Moon - Hannah Ring - India (Fall 2017)

“Chandratal Lake (translated; Lake of the Moon), located in Spiti Valley, lies at 14,100ft. in the Himalayas.”


2017 Photo Contest Winners: 


Winner of the Putting the Study in Study Abroad category Jocelyn Mah - Strasbourg, France (Full y...

Winner of the Putting the Study in Study Abroad category 

Me inside the Witch’s Eye, Thann

“I had to do a village project in Alsace to learn more about the culture and history of a small village, Thann. I was intrigued by the miracle origin of Thann and I visited there in May 2017. I was standing inside the Witch’s Eye looking at the village.” - Jocelyn Mah - Strasbourg, France. (Full year 2016-2017)



Winner of The Natural World category 


“It was taken at a lush, small park on campus at Peking University. During the spring, an abundance of flowers bloom throughout campus and the city, drastically changing the otherwise monotone wash over the concrete jungle of Beijing. Despite the constant smog, pollution (evident in the photo’s hazy grey sky), and heavy presence of human life, these flowers blossom every spring, a symbol of nature persevering. In the background is a pagoda, a place of worship, making it a reminder of the omnipresence of humans in China. My walk to class every day went through this park, so every day I had the pleasure of being immersed in nature for a moment before being pushed back in the bustling city. In retrospect, this little oasis, especially the sweet smell of blossoms amidst the pungent odor from the smog, allowed myself to persevere through various hardships of studying abroad.” - Katja Nykaza. Beijing, China (Spring 2017)



Winner of the Essence of Host City Category 
Fujiko - Nhi Ho. Fuji, Japan (Summer 2017)



2016 Photo Contest 




Winner of the Putting the Study in Study Abroad category 

The Blue City

“A photo I took on a weekend trip to Morocco. During my semester in Spain we learned about Spanish history. In many of our classes, we spent time focusing on the historical influence of African culture, specifically Moroccan, that exists in Spain. On a weekend trip to Morocco I visited multiple cities and locations and learned about the transculturation between the two countries. The man in the photo was a tour guide we had when we visited Chefchaouen, a city painted entirely blue in the north of Morocco.” - Izzy Fikso - Alicante, Spain. (Spring 2016)



Winner of The Natural World category 

West Lake in the Morning

“One weekend I took the train to Hangzhou to visit a friend and we toured the 2,000 year old West Lake on a foggy morning.” - Ian Macdonald. Beijing (Spring 2016)





Winner of the Essence of Host City Category 

El Castillo

“A photo I took on one of my first nights abroad. It is a photo from the top of perhaps one of the most famous sites in Alicante, the Castle of Santa Barbara. The Spanish flag and the castle itself speak to the rich historical sense of the country. My friend Sully is the girl in the photo looking over the city and enjoying the sunset. During my time abroad I watched many sunsets from the top of the castle surrounded by locals, tourists, and other students.” - Izzy Fikso. Alicante, Spain (Spring 2016)