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Illinois International Photo Contest is here!

Photo Contest

This year’s theme is:

Bringing Together Our campus, Our community, Our world

You can submit photos in these categories:

  • Personal connection: you and the people you have met abroad

E.g. host family, roommate, and local acquaintances/friends

  • Academic connection: you, your teachers, and your classmates

E.g. studying and engagement in or out of the classroom

  • Career connection: you gaining practical/professional experience

E.g. volunteering, internship, fieldwork, research

Rules & Requirements

  • Please note: this contest does not overlap with our November Call for Photos, if you submitted a photo(s) to this call that you would like to be considered for this contest, please resubmit the photo(s) by following the requirement/submission details below.
  • Entrants must be current students or recent graduates who have studied abroad through a University of Illinois program or gone abroad with a University of Illinois RSO. International student photos representing their experiences in the U.S will also be accepted.
  • Entrants may submit up to one photo per category, in as many categories as desired. Photos must be of high quality (1MB+).
  • We encourage you to submit a 100-300 word explanation on how your photo illustrates your personal/academic/career connection with your host community. Entries will be judged both on the quality of the photo(s) and the accompanying essay.
  • Photos must be original work and have been taken during the entrant’s study abroad program.
  • Photos must be appropriate for posting on university materials. Obscene, provocative, or otherwise questionable content will not be considered.
  • Entries are due on or before Friday, March 8, 2013 to Bridget Doyle at Entries received after the deadline will not be eligible.
  • Entries that fail to comply with the Entry Requirements will be disqualified.
  • Please be mindful that there may be restrictions about taking photographs during certain cultural and/or religious events, so please inform yourself before you start taking photos. Similarly, in order to avoid causing offense, it is always preferable to ask for permission before photographing someone you don’t know.


Judging & Awards

Preference will be given to those who submit essays along with their photographs. Winners will be announced on April 5th, 2012. A panel of students and staff will vote to decide the winning photographs. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in all 3 categories. Winning photos and essays will be displayed during International Week (April 8-14, 2013) and published in the Illinois International Review. Winning photographs will also be featured on the website for the Study Abroad Office ( and International Programs and Studies (


Photographers retain the copyright of their photographs.  But, by entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph(s) displayed at all International Week events; on the Study Abroad Office (SAO), International Week (IW), and International Programs and Studies (IPS) websites; and any other distribution materials without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that Study Abroad Office and International Programs and Studies may make and retain copies of the photograph for archival purposes.

Entries (including non-winning entries) may be selected for display or use in other SAO, IW, or IPS materials without permission from the photographer.  Entries will never be used by any of these units in any manner for sales.  In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to this competition is contested in any manner, SAO, IW, and IPS retain the discretion to disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph. ALL photos (both winners and non-winners) will become the property of the Study Abroad Office, International Week, and International Programs and Studies and will not be returned.

For Submission

  • Include the Entry Form on the 2nd page of the document
  • If you are including an essay (strongly recommended), you may type it into the Entry Form below, or submit a separate attachment
  • Ensure you have electronically or physically signed and dated the Entry Form
  • Label your photos using your last name, hyphen, with the category you are submitting to (i.e Smith-Personal, Smith-Academic, Smith-Career)
  • Photos must be uploaded in a JPEG document that makes for easy downloading


(You can type your responses directly into the document or handwrite them.)


Name of Entrant: ____

NetID: ____                                                                                                    Email: ____

Major: ____

Study Abroad Program: ____

Program Location: ____                                                                        Term: ____

Entry #1

Category: ____

Title of Photo: ____

People in Photo: ____

Location of Photo: ____

Approximate Date Taken: ____

Entry #2 (if applicable)

Category: ____

Title of Photo: ____

People in Photo: ____

Location of Photo: ____

Approximate Date Taken: ____

Entry #3 (if applicable)

Category: ____

Title of Photo: ____

People in Photo: ____

Location of Photo: ____

Approximate Date Taken: ____

Please attach 100-300 words explaining how each of your photos illustrates its specific category.

(This is not required, but preference will be given to photos with an explanation.)

I, the undersigned, do herby consent to the use by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign of my image described above, in (1) the photograph described above; and (2) any photograph reproduced either in whole or in part from the photograph described above: regardless of whether these materials are used for fundraising, advertising, publicity, or any other purpose on behalf of either the university or its Foundation.

I warrant that I have the full right and authority to grant this consent.

In addition, I waive all claims to compensation or damages based on the use of my image by either the university or the Foundation.  I also waive any right to inspect or approve the finished photograph.

I understand that this consent is perpetual, that I may not revoke it, and that it is binding on my, my heirs and assigns.

I warrant that I am at least 18 years of age and that I am competent in my own name insofar as this consent is concerned.  I further attest that I have read this consent form and fully understand its contents.


Signature              (Typed into the document or handwritten)                              Date

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