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Photo Contest

The Center for International Education (CIE), the Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE) & University Centers are proud to announce the 2017 Photo Contest! 

The 2017 photo contest will open at the beginning of the spring 2017 semester.


  • In the neighborhood : Show us how you immersed yourself into your local community! What are the sites you saw everyday? Did you discover a favorite restaurant, plaza, beach, etc.? Did you meet some great local students or families? Any pictures from your time in your local community are what we are looking for. 
  • #blugoldsabroad in ... : Fill in the blank and show us the places you went! Extra points if you have Blugolds in your photos!  
  • Must be currently enrolled or alum of a UWEC sponsored study abroad program (International Fellow Participants, Intercultural International Immersion participants are eligible as well)
  • Must relate to the themes of "In the Neighborhood" or "#blugoldsabroad in ..."
  • You can submit ONE photo per category but do not have to submit to each category. If you submit a photo for each category, only one photo will be allowed to win.
  • Submitted photos must be of high quality 3- 6MB+ and at least 8 megapixels or better. Photos from your phone or that have been edited with filters may not be the best resolution.
  • Keep photo content appropriate – do not submit photos that feature excessive alcohol, any drugs or related paraphernalia, or sexual content. If you’re not sure, err on the side of caution.
  • Use photos that belong to you! We do not like plagiarizing.
  • No Instagram photos – sorry the quality is not good.
  • All individuals in the photo must consent to the submission of the photo.
  • Photos should be interesting, compelling, and awe-inspiring and evoke emotion in the viewer.
  1. Attach 1 photo per category directly in an email to (coming soon) (do not submit photos in a Word document or in a pdf.)
  2. For each submitted photo, you must include the following information in your email 
    1. First and last name
    2. Study Abroad program, location, term
    3. Title of photo
    4. Category your submitting photo for (remember only 1 photo per category)
    5. Short description (250 words or less) of how the picture relates to theme of Humans of Study Abroad
    6. Subject line should read “Last name: Photo Contest 2017”
  • Deadline: February 1st
  • Official Judging: February 3-10
  • Facebook voting: January 23-February 3
    • All submitted photos will be added to the Study Abroad Facebook Page, where you, your family and friends can vote for your photo. The earlier you submit your photo the earlier it will be posted on the Facebook page!
  • Winners Announced: February 13
    • 1st place judge’s choice in each category: one 11x14 canvas print for you to keep after being displayed in the Library Showcases
    • 2nd place judge’s choice in each category: one 11x14 dry mount photo for you to keep after being displayed in the Library Showcases
    • 3rd place judge’s choice in each category: one 11x14 dry mount photo for you to keep after being displayed in the Library Showcases
    • 1st place Fan Favorite in each category: One 11x14 photo for you to keep after being displayed in the Library Showcases
    • Top 20-40 photos will be printed 8x10 and displayed in the Library Showcases (total number will be decided by the number of entrants received and the judge’s discretion)
  • Display in the Library Showcases: February 27th - March 31
  • Entries that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified.
  • Only one photo can win per participant. 
  • By entering this photo contest you are giving UW-Eau Claire CIE, and UW-Eau Claire permission to use your photo(s) in promotional and marketing items. This means all photos, not just winning entries, will be eligible for inclusion in such activities. You agree that your photo may be cropped without your consent. You also certify that the photo is yours and does not violate copyright law. All photos will be added to a Facebook album on Study Abroad at UW-Eau Claire. All photos will become property of the CIE and UW-Eau Claire.  All attempts will be made to give students credit for their photo if it is used in print materials, but we cannot guarantee credit will be given in all promotional items. The CIE reserves the right to change or amend rules as the CIE sees fit. 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to help answers some of those questions you may be asking yourself! 

Past Contests

Check out all of the 2016 submissions!
Check out all of the 2015 submissions!
Check out our 2014 winning photos!  

*This contest would not be possible without the support from the Center for International Education, Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement, and Davies Center. A special thank you to Sharp Photo for printing our photos! 
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