2020 STUDY ABROAD PHOTO CONTEST

STUDY ABROAD PHOTO CONTEST

Every year we put a call out to our study abroad students to share their best pictures captured during their time abroad. Scroll through, and live vicariously, to a time back when global travel was open and students were around the world exploring.

Winners of the $100 prizes will be announced on Friday 11/20!

CULTURE CATEGORY

Photos in this category are to portray a country's local culture. It can range from traditions, local people, local scene, fairs, holidays, celebrations, festivals or other activities that showcase your study abroad country’s culture! Judging – is based on artistic/aesthetic composition, originality, whether or not the image portrays the culture well or in an interesting/unique way, whether or not it sparks curiosity or interest, and if the description helps to tell the story or bring an interesting perspective to the image captured.

"Calle Mayor Procession." A procession down the main Street of Madrid. - Photo by Grace Spagnolo, ISA-Madrid, Spain, Spring 2019

"Palazzo Vecchio." Taken at the Palazzo Vecchio, capturing the everyday site seeing tourist, but also capturing the way in which most got around, which was through walking. —Photo by Marshal Quast, API-Florence Italy, Spring 2019

"Vivid Sydney." Vivid Sydney, taken from the steps of the Sydney Opera house looking out. —Photo by Adam Streiff, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019

"Gold Coast, Australia." —Photo by Alissa Hokr, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"The Colosseum." This photo was taken at the colosseum during our week in Rome. —Photo by Alyssa Larsen, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music, & Art History Faculty-led program, Summer 2019

"Cocoa Pods." Remnants of cocoa pods harvested at Tamana Mountain Chocolate. We picked them, scooped the beans out, let them ferment and dry before bringing them back to UMD to create our chocolate. —Photo by, Anna Mork, UMD Chocolate in Trinidad Faculty-led program, Winter 2020

"David." —Photo by, Beca Livermont, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music, & History, Summer 2019.

"Market Stand." This local lady would set up her produce stand every day before the papers arrived. Everyone seemed to know her and would stop by. It was so surreal to see someone who seemed to be from the ancient world. —Photo by Jake Barnard, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019

"Kangaroo." This kagaroo was enjoying a sit on the beach at Lucky Bay in Esperance, Western Australia. In this region, kangaroos are plentiful in the wild and are quite friendly. —Photo by Josh Tillman, UMD-Perth Australia, Fall 2019.

"Street Performers." One of my favorite parts of Florence was aimlessly walking through the streets and getting distracted by the street performers. No matter how much of a rush I was in, I always took a moment to watch or listen. This specific picture was taken in Piazza Della Repubblica. —Photo by Jennifer Hernandez, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

"Colosseum." Rome, Italy 2019. —Photo by David Orthengren, UMD-Worcester, England, Fall 2019.

"Flamenco Dancer." Culture is seen everywhere in Spain. When I was walking the streets in Sevilla, Spain, I was able to watch a Street Flamenco Dancing show which was incredible to see in person. —Photo by Megan Lauer, UMD Language & Culture in Spain, Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

"Grand Canal Travel." Traveling the waterways of Venice, Italy. —Photo by Mika Colson, UMD History of Community Health, Art & Culuture in Italy Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

Processed with VSCO with a1 preset

"Umbrella Market." Street market in Catania, Italy. —Photo by Natalie Peller, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

"Brisbane." This picture was taken at the Lone Pines Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia. This location was similar to a zoo, but specialized in their kangaroo farm and koala holding experience. This was something on my bucket list and it was so fun to engage with the koalas and learn more about them from the zookeepers! —Photo by Paige Wacker, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2020.

"Swedish Meatballs." IKEA meatballs eaten at the original Ikea in Almhult, Sweden. IKEA is a large part of Swedish culture as are meatballs. —Photo by Rachel Deno, Exchange at Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden, Fall 2019.

"A Day With Cacho." Every day with our adventure guide, Cacho, was quite literally, an adventure. Our crew knew that when he showed up with 10 SUP's strapped to the top of his car, it was going to be a good day. He drove us down to a beautiful beach with ZERO tourists to launch our SUP's and gave us a truly great taste of Costa Rican culture. ¡Pura vida! —Photo by Ryley Oliver, UMD Costa Rica: Global Surf Culture faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

"Scottish Bagpipes." Scottish traditional bagpiper with full Kilted outfit. —Photo by Courtney Cornelius, ISA-Stirling, Scotland, Spring 2019.

"Harry Potter." This photo was taken at the Warner Brother's Studio north of London where the filming of all the Harry Potter films took place. —Photo by Claire Weber, AIFS-London , England, Fall 2019.

"Buddhist Temple." —Photo by Bella Mack, ISA- South Korea.

"Seine River, Paris." The grand Seine River sustains the lives of millions as it courses through Paris; one might not realize the river's breadth of opportunity, however - as it grants artistic inspiration for local artists who find solace atop the many bridges spanning the river. With the tip of the Eiffel Tower in view for the keen eye, as well as landmarks such as the Louvre Museum, or the Notre Dame Cathedral within a 10 minute Lime scooters distance, an artist can make a living here, find inspiration, and craft works of art as pictured, solely stationed here where I stood. —Photo by Antonio Davis, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

PLACES CATEGORY

Photos in this category are to showcase anything from nature's beauty to scenic panoramas, local city-scapes, monuments, architecture, or your favorite point of interest. Judging – is based on the aesthetic/artistic composition of the image; whether or not it is shot from an interesting or unique location that is clearly outside the U.S.; whether or not the image sparks curiosity or interest and whether the description adds to how the photo is interpreted.

"Brisbane, Australia." Seated on the Brisbane Sign outside of the Science& Arts Museum in South Brisbane Australia. —Photo by Adam Streiff, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"Colosseum." Colosseum in Rome, Italy at sundown. —Photo by Mika Colson, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music & Art History faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Florence Overlook." —Photo by Beca Livermont, UMD Experience Italy through Art, Music and History faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Cinque Terre." Taken while on a boat ride throughout Cinque Terre, this photo captures the colorful and integrated landscape of the coastal city. —Photo by Marshal Quast, API-Florence, Italy, Spring 2019.

"Byron Bay." The view for our hike from the Cape Byron lighthouse down to the ocean in Byron Bay, Australia. —Photo by Valerie Bombard, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"Alcazar Pond." The pond in the garden of the Alcazar in Seville, Spain. —Photo by Grace Spagnolo, ISA-Madrid, Spain, Spring 2019.

"Whitest Sand Beach in the World." Another day on the beach. Hyams Beach, located within Jervis Bay, declares to have the whitest sand in the world. Here the sand is soft, squeaky, clean, and vibrant. The clear blue water in contrast to the white sand makes for a perfect place to spend the day relaxing. Don't forget your sunnies and sunblock because the sun intensely reflects off the sand. —Photo by Kaylee Hechtel, AIFS-Wollongong, Australia, Fall 2019.

"Brisbane Eye." This picture is of the Brisbane Eye. It was a Ferris wheel that overlooks the whole city. Brisbane has a river that runs directly through the city, so we took a ferry ride to get here! This photo was taken at sunset and I think it is so beautiful next to all the skyscrapers! I did an International Business course here so it was unique to see the tourist landmarks as well as the business world in Australia. —Photo by Paige Wacker, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"Sunset Over Historical Prague." A hidden staircase at the start of the historical Charles Bridge allows for one of the best views in all of Prague with the picturesque Prague Castle in the background. —Photo by Alexis Bernard, ISA- Prague, Czech Republic, Spring 2019.

"Bondi Beach." Sydney Australia. —Photo by Alissa Hokr, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"The Trevi Fountain." Taken bright and early in the morning so we could experience The Trevi Fountain in Rome without hundreds of other tourists. —Photo by Alyssa Larsen, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music, & Art History Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Hike to Avocat Falls." On the morning of our first full day in Trinidad, we took a hike to Avocat Falls. The trek to the falls even included a short swim. —Photo by Anna Mork, UMD Chocolate in Trinidad faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

DCIM\100GOPRO\GOPR0074.JPG

"The Dying Reef." This photo is of lone eucinea on a small sandy reef at one of the beaches we went to during the Bahamas study abroad trip in San Salvador. —Photo by Cade Peterson, UMD Coral Reef Study faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

"Burano." This photo was taken during a day trip to Burano which is an island near Venice, Italy. Each house has a specific color assigned to it and the owner is allowed to paint them any shade. The only mode of transportation within this island and between others is by boat. Visiting this island was surreal and is one of the most beautiful places I have been. —Photo by Caitlin Roberts, UMD Community Health History in Italy faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Northern Lights." Stunning capture of the Finnish northern lights only found past the arctic circle. A watchful eye and a full tank of gas is needed to locate these hidden wonders of the world! —Photo by Carson Hage, Vaxjo, Sweden, Fall 2019.

"Acropolis Sunrise." Athens, Greece Acropolis at Easter Morning Sunrise. —Photo by Courtney Cornelius, ISA-Stirling, Scotland, Spring 2019.

"Eiffel Tower." Paris, France 2019. —Photo by David Orthengren, Exchange in Worcester, England, Fall 2019.

"Canary Yellow." One of the last days I was in Florence, it drizzled all morning. I decided to go out and take as many photos of that beautiful city as I could before I was gone. In its dreary state, the Florence Duomo looked very dramatic as dirt from the past week started to stream down the beautiful marble faces. Someone hurrying to work with a bright yellow umbrella rushed past. —Photo by Jake Barnard, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

"Hotel Regina." The most photogenic hotel nuzzled in the mountains of Interlaken, Switzerland. —Photo by Jenny Hernandez, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

"Surfing." Indonesia has excellent surfing, friendly locals, and crystal clear water. Surfing the island of Lombok offers miles of waves all to yourself. —Photo by Josh Tillman, UMD-Perth, Australia, Fall 2019.

"Drop Off." The Drop Off in San Salvador. —Photo by Maddy Halley, UMD Costa Rica: Global Surf Culture faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

Processed with VSCO with g3 preset Processed with stamp

"Sea Turtle in Graham's Harbor Beach." A snorkeling morning trip to Graham's Harbor Beach. —Photo by Maddie Seyffer, UMD Costa Rica: Global Surf Culture faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

"Beach Blues." A stunning sunset over Playa Avellana, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The warm orange sky gives way to the cool blue night as the sun provides a little more light for surfing. —Photo by Mason Neuenschwander, UMD Costa Rica: Global Surf Culture faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

"Streets of Sevilla." The architecture is outstanding around Spain. The buildings really tell a story of the culture today and in the past. This picture was taken in Sevilla, Spain. —Photo by Megan Lauer, UMD Language & Culture in Spain, Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

Processed with VSCO with e7 preset

"Positano." Amalfi Coast was one of the highlights of my study abroad. —Photo by Natalie Peller, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

"Sunset Over Florence." This was taken in Florence, Italy from the Piazzale Michelangelo. —Photo by Rachel Nunemacher, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music, & Art History Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Cologne Dom." This photo was taken in Cologne Germany at the Cathedral. It is one of the oldest and largest Gothic-style churches in Europe. —Photo by Rachel Deno, Exchange at Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden, Fall 2019.

"The Overlook." With some time to kill before loading up for an afternoon of canopy ziplining, our crew took some time to explore the hotel the zip lining company was based out of. This was the restaurant located within the hotel, and I could not believe how breathtakingly beautiful the scenery was. The crystal clear, blue-tinted water popped brilliantly against the white pillars of the building. —Photo by Ryley Oliver, UMD Costa Rica: Global Surf Culture faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

"Switzerland." This photo was taken during my fall break with my parents when we hiked all around Switzerland. This specific photo was taken in Grindelwald and these troughs were located all around the hiking sites. —Photo by Claire Weber, AIFS-London , England, Fall 2019.

"The Floating City Streets." Standing upon the time-honored Ponte dell'Accademia bridge, cast above the flowing 'streets' of Venice, a single vessel approaches, daunted by the mighty Basilica Cathedral towering over the ancient 'floating city.' —Photo by Antonio Davis, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

SELFIE CATEGORY

Pretty selfie-explanatory, but we called for a selfie's of students in a unique location abroad! Judging – will be based on how well the image is composed and whether or not it showcases you in a unique location that was clearly taken abroad.

                                Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

"Pure Joy." Pure joy in Sydney, Australia at the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. —Photo by Valerie Bombard, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"Selfie." While on a tour of Tuscany we visited an outdoor antiques sale, one of the biggest in Italy actually, and I took a picture of myself and one of my good friends in front of a unique circular mirror. —Photo by Marshal Quast, API-Florence, Italy, Spring 2019.

"La Granja Palace." A photo taken in the formal garden at La Granja palace outside of Segovia, Spain. —Photo by Grace Spagnolo, ISA-Madrid, Spain, Spring 2019.

"A Natural Wonder of the World." Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Located in Cairns, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see attraction. Its size and beauty explains why it is a natural wonder of the world. Swimming with schools of fish and spotting vibrant corals offered an unimaginable experience. Just keep swimming and you may spot a rainbow fish! —Photo by Kaylee Hechtel, AIFS-Wollongong, Australia, Fall 2019.

"Bondi Beach." View of Bondi Beach from Marks Park in Sydney, Australia. —Photo by Adam Streiff, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"Kjerag Mountain." Kjeragbolten is one of the most famous hikes in all of Norway. Once making it to the top you have a beautiful view of the Lysefjorden Fjord and you get to climb on the infamous boulder wedged between the cliffs. (Rogaland, Norway.) —Photo by Alexis Bernard, ISA- Prague, Czech Republic, Spring 2019.

"Sydney Opera House." Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. —Photo by Alissa Hokr, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"Assisi." Pit-stop during our day trip to beautiful Assisi. —Photo by Alyssa Larsen, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music, & Art History Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Gelato." —Photo by Beca Livermont, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music, & Art History Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Jojo." This selfie is with one of the wild dolphins that we swam with on our first day at San Salvador. —Photo by Cade Peterson, UMD Coral Reef Study faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

"Cinque Terre Coast." The summer treats you well when in Italy, no matter where your travels find you. Cinque Terre consists of a string of age-old villages, built of stone, but brightly lit due to the sun's rays casting at all times at the sea-facing village. One feels happy here, you smell the salty sea air and hear market clangs as you proceed deeper into the village towns. You can enjoy the scenery of the jagged rock faces as you dine on the freshest food of the sea you can imagine as you proceed up the coast. —Photo by Antonio Davis, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

"Matterhorn." This was a PERFECT day for viewing and hiking around the Matterhorn with my parents. —Photo by Claire Weber, AIFS-London , England, Fall 2019.

"Barcelona Arch." The creation for the 1888 World Fair. —Photo by Courtney Cornelius, ISA-Stirling, Scotland, Spring 2019.

"Game of Thrones." Amsterdam, Netherlands. —Photo by David Orthengren, Exchange in Worcester, England, Fall 2019.

"Lake Brienz." This selfie was taken after kayaking on Lake Brienz in Interlaken, Switzerland. The sun came out for us, so we made a quick stop to visit the Kirchgemeindehaus Riggenberg, a church with an incredible overlook of the entire lake. —Photo by Jennifer Hernandez, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

"Giant Trevally." The city of Exmouth in Western Australia offers great land-based giant trevally fishing, world-class marlin fishing, and fantastic snorkeling off Ningaloo reef. This area is home to many sea turtles, humpback whales, and great white sharks. All of these are visible while snorkeling and surfing. —Photo by Josh Tillman, UMD-Perth Australia, Fall 2019.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset Processed with stamp

"East Beach Waves." East Beach fun after a trip to the saltwater pond. —Photo by Maddie Seyffer, UMD Coral Reef Study faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

"Plaza Mayor." Something I miss about the city of Salamanca, Spain is the Plaza Mayor. At night, the Plaza Mayor was illuminated. —Photo by Megan Lauer, UMD Language & Culture in Spain, Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"A wish at the Trevi Fountain." Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your right shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Italy someday. —Photo by Mika Colson, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music, & Art History Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Springbrook National Park." This photo was taken at Springbrook National Park, just outside of Brisbane. We took a bus and rode along the hills to get to the top of the area. This is one of the largest waterfalls and it was absolutely breath-taking! I have learned to enjoy nature and hiking after studying abroad here! —Photo by Paige Wacker, UMD International Business Down Under faculty-led program, May 2019.

"To Prague." Selfie from my very first solo travel trip to Prague. —Photo by Rachel Deno, Exchange at Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden, Fall 2019.

"Pigeon Photobomb." This photo was taken outside San Marco in Venice, Italy. This was one of our day trips. I had been doing a lot of walking on my own the day we were in Venice and as a result, ended up having to take selfies versus having someone else in our group take a picture of me. The moment I snapped a picture of myself & San Marco Cathedral, a pigeon swooped in and was perfectly captured in the shot! —Photo by Rachel Nunemacher, UMD Experiencing Italy through Art, Music, & Art History Faculty-led program, Summer 2019.

"Sunset Surf." Sunset surfs. Every day. While out for a surf session while the sun went to bed at Playa Avellanas, I was overwhelmed by the beauty every which way I looked. As I swam out past the surf break, I was watching the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen, and as I turned around to catch a wave I was watching a rainbow glistening over the mountains in the distance that had followed a brief rain shower. To top it off, I caught my best wave of the trip on my way back to shore. Pure bliss. —Photo by Ryley Oliver, UMD Costa Rica: Global Surf Culture faculty-led program, Winter 2020.

VIDEO CATEGORY

We’re called for videos that best depicted a student's experience abroad. Any aspect of the program abroad was acceptable. We asked contestants to consider including the local culture, community, student life, local scenery, street culture, food, travels, and beyond. We looked for experiences, best summed up in one minute.

Study Abroad Sweden

A compilation video of my time in Sweden and my travel within 7 countries and to 17 different cities. I was unable to cut it to 60 seconds but enjoy! —Rachel Deno, Exchange at Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden, Fall 2019.

A Rainy Morning in Firenze

One of the last mornings I was in Florence, I went around the city and took static video of my favorite compositions. The result is my dreamy walk around a rainy Florence. —Jake Barnard, API-Florence, Italy, Fall 2019.

Italian Apartment

A simple video of me opening my apartment bedroom window in Florence. Doing this, and looking out into the surrounding city, was one of my daily highlights while there. Marshal Quast, API-Florence, Italy, Spring 2019.