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The 9th Annual A&S Study Abroad Photo Contest

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The Arts & Sciences Office of Advising and Student Services, and our co-sponsors at Murphy's Camera, are pleased to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest!


1st Place: Eiserner Steg über Main, Germany by Caitlyn Bowyer

Caitlyn Bowyer is a Senior Humanities major who traveled with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Austria-Bregenz trip.

Photographer's Description: "This bridge is one of the walking bridges Frankfurt, Germany. Eiserner Steg was built in 1868 and was actually bombed during the end of WW2, it was fixed shortly after and was fully renovated in the early 90's. It's absolutely beautiful, the little bit of graffiti combined with the locks draped across the bridge were just, different and really seemed to show the attitude and demeanor of Frankfurt - as this is widely regarded as 'not a tourist city'."

Judge's Comments: "There is a feeling of being drawn into the photograph. Also, the way the bridge divides the picture plane into sections is fascinating." "Sharp photo, excellent composition, good use of landscape and architecture." "I felt drawn in immediately upon viewing this image. There is much to be seen here - after first glance, I continued to go back and notice more and more interesting details within this photo. The ultra wide angle gives an excellent perspective of the bridge."

Prize: $100 Gift Certificate to Murphy's Camera and $50 Gift Card towards a photo book of her travels.

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2nd Place: Sahara Desert, Morocco by Diana Lalata

Diana Lalata is a Senior English and Political Science major, who traveled with the McConnell Study Abroad Program.

Photographer's Description: "This photo was taken in the Sahara Desert, Morocco. Our Moroccan tour guides offered to wake our tent at 5:30am to watch the sunrise. We walked along multiple sand dunes to find the perfect one just in time to sit and see the orange sun peak over the horizon and light up the sky."

Judge's Comments: "The footprints in the sand are interesting because they tell a story and beg the questions of who was there and where did they go? There is a nice balance between the footprints, the waves of sand, and the smooth downside of the hill."

Prize: $75 Gift Certificate to Murphy's Camera.

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3rd Place (A&S Staff/Faculty Choice): Boy, South Africa by Kelsi Wermuth

Kelsi Wermuth is a Junior Fine Arts major (2D Studio), who traveled with Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA).

Photographer's Description: "This was taken in the township we did a lot of volunteer work in.  It really gave us a sense of post-apartheid life in South Africa and the socio-economic issues that continue to exist in the Rainbow Nation.  His expression says it all."

Judge's Comments: This photo also caught the eye of one of our judges, who liked the "photojournalist style" of the image.

Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Murphy's Camera.

Previous Contest Winners
boats in bay

Colores de Panamá by Samantha R. Schaefer (Panamá City, Panamá)


blue doors

Africa in Blue – Ayla Townsend (Chefchaouen, Morocco)


Jewish memorial

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - Genevieve Mills (Berlin, Germany)

For additional information about the Study Abroad Photo Contest please contact Marissa Williams at

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.

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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.
Please see for further information or call (502) 852-6602;
email us at:; or stop by at International Center, Brodschi Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

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 winter break programs, to semester and full year programs in universities around the world.
For additional information, please email Danielle Dolan or call (502) 852-5502.