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Share your story with W&J!

The Office of International Programs is offering a chance to show your experience abroad through photos. As part of 'I Love Study Abroad Month', we will be hosting the 2020 Global Photo Contest. Be proud of your accomplishments and help encourage more W&J students to plan their own academic adventure abroad!

Who can participate?

You are encouraged to participate if you completed a credit-bearing travel experience in 2019 or 2020, including:

  • Semester-long or year-long study abroad

    • We are accepting photos from spring 2019 and fall 2019.

  • JayTerm travel courses (domestic locations are ok!)

    • We are accepting photos from May 2019 and January 2020 JayTerm travel courses.

  • Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership awardees

    • We are accepting photos from the 2019 cohort.

What photos can I submit?

General guidelines:

  • All photos must be taken during the course of your study abroad program or travel course.

  • Photos can be color or black & white.

  • Photos must be appropriate. Please do not submit photos that include alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia, or sexual content. We will not accept photos that include children.

Photo Submission Categories:

You may submit up to five photos total. The photos must match one of the following contest categories.

  • W&J Pride

    • Show off your W&J gear or send group photos of Presidents abroad! Great friends are made on roads traveled together. Please be sure all individuals are part of the W&J community.

  • Slice of Life

    • Present a taste of daily life where you studied abroad. Whether it’s the local cuisine, your new favorite coffee shop, a fun tradition unique to the place you traveled, or a cultural activity, show us how you engaged with the local community.

  • Academic Adventures

    • Show us the ‘study’ side of study abroad. How did you engage in learning overseas? Share your experiences that brought your academics to life. Show us how the world was your classroom abroad.

  • Diverse Perspectives 

    • We all have expectations when we travel somewhere. What moments challenged your perspective or preconceptions about the places you traveled? What surprised you? Take a moment to reflect on how your intercultural competency increased while abroad, and think about how you grew as a person.

  • Picture Perfect

    • Show us your most beautiful, postcard-quality photos! What photos are you going to treasure forever?

How do I submit photos?

Submission period: December 12 - January 31. Submit up to five photos to the following Google Photo Album:

How to upload your photo:

  1. Visit the URL above to the 2020 Global Photo Contest album.

  2. Click on the icon at the top right of the page to upload your photo.

  3. Once you have uploaded your photo, click on your photo and then on the Ⓘ symbol in the upper right to add a description to your photo. Your description must include:

    • Your name

    • The study abroad program or the name of the travel course in which you participated

    • The term in which you participated in your study abroad program or travel course

    • A brief (one sentence) description of the photo

      • If there are multiple students in the photo, please include their names.

    • The category in which you are entering the photo.

      • Note: unlabeled photos will not be considered.

You must submit your photos by Friday, January 31, 2020 in order for them to be included in the contest.

We can’t wait to recognize your accomplishments!

First place winners in each category will receive a gift card. Additionally, first and second place winners will receive a framed copy of their photo. There is a limit of one prize per student winner. After the contest, there will be a reception at the library to recognize the winning photos. All first and second place photos will be displayed in the library after the contest for the campus community to admire. Photos will remain in the library throughout the spring semester. Students with winning photos will be notified when they can pick up the framed photo and take it home.

Cultural Sensitivity

When traveling and taking photos of a new environment, it is important to remember that you are a visitor in someone’s home. You should work to ensure that the photos you take are sensitive to the culture and lives of the people living there. Here are some suggestions:

  • If you want to take a picture of someone, ask first.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Are other people taking photos? Are you in a quiet area where a camera might disturb other visitors? Will you be in the way of other people?

  • Before you take a picture, take a moment to ask yourself if you’re allowed to take photos where you are. Certain religious sites, for example, may prohibit photography, or ask you to turn off the flash.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting photos to the 2020 Global Photo Contest, you grant permission for the Office of International Programs to use your photos for promotional purposes, including on printed brochures or promotional items,  on the W&J or study abroad website/wiki, in the W&J weekly and on social media platforms. You also grant permission for your photos to be displayed on campus.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to exercise judgment in all aspects of the photo contest.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact

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