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The 10th Annual A&S Study Abroad Photo Contest

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The Arts & Sciences Office of Advising and Student Services, and our cosponsor Murphy's Camera, invite you to participate in the 10th Annual A&S Study Abroad Photo Contest.  This is an opportunity for you to share your study abroad travel experiences and memories while also showcasing your skills as a photographer! Any UofL undergraduate with an A&S major or minor can enter their 2016 photos.



Any Undergraduate A&S student who has studied abroad with/through the University of Louisville during the Spring 2016, Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 semesters. Students should have either an A&S major or an A&S minor to participate.


Photo Contest rules:

  • Maximum number of photos submitted for the contest is 3 per student. (When submitting, please rank order of preference for display purposes, as not all photos may be used depending on the number of entries).
  • Each photo must be submitted in electronic form, (.jpeg or .gif file) on a disc (to Gardiner Hall, 1st floor), or as an email attachment to
  • Photographs may be black-and-white or color, but should not be heavily edited or processed.
  • Please submit the following information with each photo:
    • Name, Student ID number, and UofL major(s)/minor(s)
    • Study Abroad program you participated in, City and Country, and semester abroad
    • A title and brief description for each photo, including where and when it was taken

Subject Matter:

The only restriction is that your photo(s) capture an experience or record an observation abroad, not necessarily limited to your program site. The photo may capture a number of different subjects, themes, or styles.

Note: Due to the nature of the contest, these photos must be taken BY you, not OF you.



ALL submissions are due by 5:00pm, Sunday, March 5th, 2017.

Winner will be announced in mid-April.

  • 1st place winner: A $100 Gift Certificate to Murphy’s Camera and a $50 gift certificate toward a photo book of your travels!
  • 2nd place winner: A $75 Gift Certificate to Murphy’s Camera
  • 3rd place winner: A $50 Gift Certificate to Murphy’s Camera

Each winning photo will be enlarged and put on display in Gardiner Hall following the end of the contest.

Important Advisory: All forwarded materials become the property of the College, which will enjoy full rights of display and circulation (with attribution to the photographer). If you submit a photograph, it is understood that you have granted this right. By submitting this photo, you state it is your work and free of copyright elsewhere.


Last Year's Winners:


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.

sand dunes

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.

boy next to sign

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.

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.

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..