Welcome to the 2019-2020 GEO Photo Contest!
Photos are powerful tools for storytelling. GEO invites you to submit photos from your time abroad that creatively convey your understanding and engagement with your host culture, connect artistic expression with learning, and may provide the viewer with a new prospective.
Maymester 2019, summer 2019, fall 2019 and spring 2020 study abroad participants are invited to submit photos to the current contest. Photo submissions are accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of June 30, 2020. All photos entered into the contest will be judged after the deadline, and winners will receive an Amazon gift card!
In addition to submitting photos, you are also invited to submit entries to our on-going Photo Blog, themed Humans of Study Abroad. Photo blog entries may be featured on the GEO website, publications and other marketing materials.
- A Day in My Life Abroad: Submit snapshots of you or your friends engaged in immersive activities that creatively convey and reflect an aspect of your daily study abroad experience.
- Anchor Down Abroad: Share photos that show Commodore pride and how you brought VU to the world - this can include group shots of Vanderbilt students.
- Beyond a Postcard: Present photos that capture local characteristics, people, food, and scenes beyond a typical postcard.
- Diversity Around the World: Help us explore how other cultures celebrate and cultivate diversity. Or, submit a photo of yourself if you bring diversity to your host culture. Diversity themes can include gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, background, and values.
- The Great Outdoors: Show us the backdrop of your time abroad, from beautiful landscapes to urban scenes and anything in between.
Photos must be submitted by midnight CDT, June 30, 2020 to be eligible for the contest.
Please include a caption of 140 characters or less describing each photo entry.
Each student is allowed to submit a maximum of 5 photos.
Photos must have been taken at some time during the study abroad program.
You must be the sole owner and author of the photos you submit.
The photos may not have been manipulated significantly.
Note: Photo editing is allowed as long as it does not downgrade photo quality or change the integrity of the photo.
Image uploaded should be JPEG or PNG files, with file name format “First and Last Name_Program_Term Abroad_Photo Number”. Example: Marco Polo_SIT Uganda_Spring 2019_1
Files should be at least 1 MB (1024 KB) in size to be of high enough quality to print. Only photos that are printable and meet the size requirement can be chosen as winners.
All students are expected to follow the rules and regulations outlined here. GEO reserves the right to eliminate and disqualify any photo/participant for failing to follow these rules or for being disrespectful to other cultures through their photography.
All qualified entries will be judged at the discretion of the GEO Photo Contest Committee, and 8 winners will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Sense of Place
Winners will be announced over the summer and the winning photos will be displayed at the Study Abroad Fair in August. In addition to an Amazon gift card for the winners, the winning photos will be put on display in large format in a public location on campus and may be featured in GEO publication(s) as well as online.
Submission of photos to the GEO Photo Contest constitutes the entrant's agreement to the following:
- Having read, understood, and accepted the rules of the GEO Photo Contest.
- Submitted photos will be uploaded to GEO's Flickr account, and may be used in Vanderbilt advertising, publications, or websites. By submitting photos I permit GEO to use the photos, along with my name, program, and term abroad, in all print and online publications including but not limited to social media platforms, brochures and websites created by GEO and other Vanderbilt University departments or offices, and outreach events. I, however, retain ownership of my photos. In other words, by submitting my photos to the photo contest, I grant Vanderbilt University a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any education, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly, and all other standard purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible.