Study Abroad Photography Competition

Photo of animals and a mountain side
Photo credit: Best in Show and First Place winner in the "Places" category by senior, Chloe Durand. Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Honors College Study Abroad Photography Competition

The Honors College hosts an annual photo contest for students to showcase the amazing sights and transformative experiences they had while studying abroad. If you are an Honors student who recently study abroad, share your photos and compete for cash awards and recognition through the Honors Study Abroad Photography Competition!

Application Process (2019-2020)

Eligibility: Student must be enrolled in the Honors College for academic year 2019-2020 and must have studied abroad between August 2018 and August 2019.

Deadline: Photos must be submitted no later than November 1, 2019.

Entries: Students may enter up to 6 photos (1 per category). The same photo may not be used for more than one category.

Application Process Now Closed!

For questions, please contact Candice Crossey at crossey@email.arizona.edu.

Categories:

A “Best in Show” will be chosen from the winning entries.

  •  People - Should tell the story of the people where you studied abroad, or visited while studying abroad. This category is not limited to portraits.
  •  Places -  Should tell the story of the places where you studied abroad, or visited while studying abroad. This category is not limited to landscapes.
  •  Cultural Experience - Festivals, ceremonies, and traditions that are unique to the places you visited while studying abroad. (Examples: traditional crafts being made, religious ceremonies, historical celebrations, costumes, and sporting events.)
  • “That’s Me!" or, "That's Us!" - Put your best "Selfie" forward. In true selfie fashion this must be a photo of you (alone or with a group of people), taken by you
  • Global Awareness - Photography is a powerful way to raise awareness about issues facing our world today. This category is for images that capture environmental or social issues in the community where you traveled abroad.
  • Culinary Traditions - Food is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to learn about a culture; as well as serving as an excellent subject to photograph. This category is for images that capture the food traditions unique to the places you visited while studying abroad. 

Prizes:

All winning photographs will be displayed for one year in the main entry of the new Honors Village.

  • Three (3) First Place prizes of $250 will be awarded in People, Places, and Cultural Experiences
  • Three (3) Second Place prizes of $100 will be awarded in People, Places, and Cultural Experiences
  • Three (3) Third Place prizes of $50 will be awarded in People, Places, and Cultural Experiences
  • Four (4) prize of $50 will be awarded in Global Awareness
  • Three (3) prizes of $50 will be awarded in Culinary Traditions
  • Three (3) prizes of $50 will be awarded in That’s Me! or That's Us!

Reception: An opening reception will be held in the spring at the Honors College Village (date and time TBA).

Requirements:

  • Photos must be taken by you for all categories
  • Photographs may be color or black/white
  • Photos must be HIGH resolution – each file should be at least 1MB – preferably, 2MB+
  • Photos should be saved and submitted as a jpeg

Judging:

Photos will be judged by a committee using the following criteria:

  • Image quality, technical skill, and composition
  • Extent to which the photograph conveys a sense of exploration or adventure and the value of their study abroad experience
  • The relationship of the photograph to the category, which should also be conveyed in a well-written description.

Photo Guidelines:

COLOR SATURATION: Your goal should be to make it real. Please avoid significant over- or under-saturation. Some make the mistake of over-saturating color, making their images look cartoonish.

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST: These tools can be helpful in making your photo stand out. Again, too much can be a detriment. Make your photo look real.

BLACK-AND-WHITE IMAGES: Acceptable

IMAGE SHAPES: Vertical or horizontal rectangular images, square images

CROPPING: Encouraged – if your thumb is in the frame, crop it out!

STITCHED PANORAMAS: NOT Acceptable

It is acceptable, and encouraged, to use some post-processing before submitting your photographs (ex. Photoshop, filters, cropping). 

All images may be used by the Honors College to promote the college and its study abroad programs. All work submitted must be your own. Violations will be subject to the Code of Academic Integrity.