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The 8th Annual A&S Study Abroad Photo Contest sponsored by Murphy’s Camera!


The 2014-2015 Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Photo contest co-sponsored by Murphy’s Camera is now closed. We had a number of amazing submissions this year which made voting quite difficult for our judges. The study abroad photo contest has really grown over the past few years and it is really inspiring that so many students are participating in study abroad programs all over the world. Ideally, when other students see these photos, they will be inspired to start looking into all the wonderful opportunities to travel abroad available through the International Center, The Office for Civic Engagement, Leadership & Service, and various academic departments on campus. Students benefit from these experiences not only academically, but personally as well.

2014-2015 Winners

1st place submission: Colores de Panamá by Samantha R. Schaefer (Panamá City, Panamá)

-    Samantha R. Schaefer is a junior English major and Spanish minor who participated in the annual Panamá Study Abroad Program in 2014.
-    Photographer’s description: “Each area of Panama varies in culture and lifestyle, but every place you go is full of color! There is never a dull moment in this country, because there is always life on the streets, in the mountains, and in the water. The scene here shows the territory of Colon with a Panamanian transporter, berthing his motor boat into Isla Grande after dropping off passengers to Isla Mamey (which is less than a mile across the Caribbean Sea). Three different bodies of water surround the Panamanian isthmus -- the Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean. The waters are crystal clear, the seafood is delightful, and the locals are extremely welcoming.”
-    Judge’s comments: “Best of the landscape photos, great colors” and “The boats and the colors really exemplify the study abroad experience.”
-    Prize: A $100 gift certificate to Murphy’s Camera and a $50 gift card towards a photo book of her travels


2nd place submission: Africa in Blue – Ayla Townsend (Chefchaouen, Morocco)

-    Ayla Townsend is a senior Spanish major who studied in Api Seville, Spain in the Fall of 2014
-    Photographer’s description: “I took this photo in wonderful Chefchaouen where they paint the entire city blue as a natural air conditioner. We were on a guided tour by a man wearing a djellaba, the traditional Moroccan robe, when we came across this door that instantly grabbed my attention.”
-    Judge’s comment: “I was particularly struck first by the color and then the composition.  The curve of the wall on the left leading into the slightly opened door.  I have always been fascinated with doors and what they represent.  A new beginning, a glimpse into the future…”
-    Prize: A $75 gift certificate to Murphy’s Camera

3rd place submission: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - Genevieve Mills (Berlin, Germany)

-    Genevieve Mills is a senior double majoring in English and French. She participated in the Montpellier Year-Long Sister-Cities Exchange, in Montpellier, France, for the 2013-14 school year. This was a side trip to Berlin, Germany in April, 2014.
-    Also caught the eye of two of the judges: “Love the Grey tones between the memorial & the jacket.” “I like the mystery of this photo. The light is soft and adds to the mystery. The fact that we're seeing the back of a person takes it out of the realm of "travel" photo. The composition is good, using the "rule of thirds", instead of placing the subject in the center. The photo has me asking. ‘What's going on here?" I like that. There's a story here. There's a painterly quality to the photo.
-    Prize: A $50 gift certificate to Murphy’s Camera

For additional information please contact Danielle Dolan at or (502) 852-5502

Are you interested in doing study abroad?

The first thing you should do is visit the International Center for information about the basics of planning a study abroad semester, summer, or year.


Study Abroad Photo Contest Submission 2012

You should plan your experience about a year prior to the time you would like the study abroad to take place.  The Study Abroad Office can help you pick out what classes are available at your intended location.  The next step (in terms of course work) is to have the faculty advisor in that area (i. e. French faculty advisor if it is a French language class) sign off on your form indicating how the course transfers to U of L.  After you have that information - please visit the A&S Advisor assigned to your major to find out how those classes will apply to your particular degree.
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The International Center/ Study Abroad Office ( advises students on all third-party (managed outside of U of L) study abroad programs.  These offerings stretch from the short term summer and winterbreak programs, to semester and full year programs in universities around the world.
For additional information, please email Danielle Dolan or call (502) 852-5502.