A focus on international education and photography

The International Education Center at St. Thomas congratulates this year’s winners of its annual Study Abroad Photo Contest.

The contest attracted 68 student-photographers who submitted 388 photos. The “Sense of Place” category received the most submissions with 169. By comparison, the contest in 2012 attracted 40 contestants and 190 photo submissions, with a “Sense of Place” receiving the most submissions with 80.

The winning photos are on display in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library in Coffee Bene and on the university’s Study Abroad Facebook page.

The photos were judged by members of the International Education Center, University Relations and the College of Arts and SciencesArt History Department.

First-place winners received $100, second place received $50, and third place received $25. Tommies who have studied abroad in fall 2013, or who will study abroad in J-Term 2014 or spring 2014 are eligible for the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest in October 2014.

In addition to “Sense of Place,” the contest also included two other categories: “Intercultural Experience” and “Tommies Abroad”:

  • “Intercultural Experience” – this is about interactions between people; the meeting
    and mixing of cultures (students and the cultures they visit).
  • “Sense of Place” – this is about places and scenery; capturing the unique atmosphere
    of the country in which a student is a guest.
  • “Tommies Abroad” – this is about UST students; group or individual student imagery that
    encapsulates the study abroad experience.

Winners for 2013 are:

“Sense of Place”

  1. “Returning Home”
    Valletta, Malta
    Matt Kopp
    Catholic Studies in Rome (fall 2012)
  2. “Fire Ceremony”
    Vrindavan, India
    Sara Backlund
    UMAIE: English Language and Literature in India: Goddess, Muse, Stairway to Power, Barrier to Success
    (J-Term 2012)
  3. “Majdanek Concentration Camp”
    Lublin, Poland
    Joe Janochoski
    Comparative Politics of the New Europe (J-Term 2013)

Honorable Mentions

  • “Floating Market”
    Ayutthaya, Thailand
    Katie Vosbeek
    The Political Economics of Thailand (J-Term 2013)
  • “Celebration”
    Jaipur, India
    Sara Backlund
    UMAIE: English Language and Literature in India: Goddess, Muse, Stairway to Power, Barrier to Success
    (J-Term 2012)

“Intercultural Experience”

  1. “Fire Ceremony”
    Vrindavan, India
    Sara Backlund
    UMAIE: English Language and Literature in India: Goddess, Muse, Stairway to Power, Barrier to Success
    (J-Term 2012)
  2. “A Day’s Travel”
    Meno A Kwena, Botswana
    Kevin Duffy
    Public Health in Botswana (J-Term 2013)
  3. “Building Fire With the Bushmen”
    Meno A Kwena, Botswana
    Megan Kettler
    BIO in Botswana, Africa (J-Term 2013)

Honorable Mentions

  • “Mapuche Elder and Student Connecting through Nature”
    Nueva Imperial, Chile
    Hannah Volkman
    SIT Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, Community Empowerment
    (fall 2012)
  • “The Little Vampire”
    Tamil Nadu near Chemai, India
    Samantha Wisneski
    UMAIE Indian Art and Music (J-Term 2013)

“Tommies Abroad”

  1. “Elephant Kisses”
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Courtney Andresen
    The Political Economy of Thailand (J-Term 2013)
  2.  “Tour de France 2013″
    Paris, France
    Clare Johnson
    UMAIE Archeology and History in Rome (J-Term 2013)
  3. “Tommies at Jama Masjid”
    Delhi, India
    Samantha Wisneski
    UMAIE Indian Art and Music (J-Term 2013)

Honorable Mentions

  • “Santorini, Greece”
    Angela Deeney
    Catholic Studies Rome Program (spring 2013)
  • “Pride Rock – La roca de Orgullo
    Valle de la Luna, San Juan Province, Argentina
    Brittni Sundby
    CC-CS Spanish Studies Abroad: Argentina (spring 2013)