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Photo Contest

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Ever wanted to share your study abroad experience with more than your family, friends and Facebook? Submit one of those hundreds of photos you took during your study abroad experience for a chance to win a prize in the College of Charleston study abroad photo contest! Winners will receive cash and/or honorary awards and a chance to appear on the College’s print and online publications.


In order to participate in the contest, you must be a degree-seeking College of Charleston undergraduate or graduate student studying abroad for academic credit during the Fall 2018 semester AND be a returning student for Spring 2019 semester. Those eligible to participate are degree-seeking, undergraduate and graduate students studying in approved College of Charleston faculty-ledexchange, or affiliate programs for academic credit during the given year of the contest cycle. Photos from vacation travel abroad other than interim travel as part of a study abroad program are not eligible. The Center for International Education reserves the right to deny any photographs with inappropriate content and/or subjects. All participants must sign the Photo Release/Consent form in order to be considered.


Photos will be evaluated by a panel of judges made up of CofC faculty and/or staff on their creativeness and depiction of the unique educational opportunities study abroad offers. Remember, originality counts! We would like to see how CofC students interact with their new surroundings and how their new surroundings influence them. These photos are intended to encourage other students to study abroad.


  • Culture, Customs and Traditions: Photos from fairs, ceremonies, holiday celebrations, local festivals, and other cultural activities. This photo should portray a unique portrait of customs, clothing, events, etc. in your host country. 
  • Living Like a Local: Photos of everyday life in your city. Show us your university or the street performer you pass every day on your way to class. We want to see you fully immersed in all that surrounds you. 
  • Learning Everywhere/ Global Classroom: Photos of you hard at work- studying, in the classroom, at your internship, etc. Photos landscapes and monuments- show us the unique environments that serve as your global classroom during your studies abroad. 
  • Video: A short video (1 minute or less) showing the local culture, history, community, student life, or any other aspect of your study abroad program. The best submissions will allow the viewer a glimpse into the life and learning you built abroad. Please no inappropriate content. Video should be original and suitable for distribution on the CIE website and/or social media.


If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may submit one photo per category (3 maximum per applicant):

  • Photos may be color, black & white, or sepia.

  • Do not digitally enhance or alter your photographs, i.e. do not use Photoshop or other digital editing programs on your submitted photos.

  • Images must be at least 5x7 or 4x6 at 300 dpi.

  • Each photo must be submitted online in jpeg format.

  • All photos must have a title. Save your image with the name of the title and your last name for easier identification.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may submit one video:

  • Video must be original and uploaded to either YouTube or Vimeo. 

  • Video must not contain inappropriate content.

  • Videos should be one minute or less. 

  • All videos must have a title and clearly state which program the student participated in.


Photos will be judged within their own category. A winner will be selected for each category. The decisions of the judges are final. Contestants cannot win in more than one category at a time.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • Winner “Living Like a Local”: $50 award

  • Winner “Culture, Customs and Traditions”: $50 award

  • Winner “Learning Everywhere/ Global Classroom”: $50 award

  • Winner "Video": $50 award

Winning photographs will be showcased on the CIE’s website and may be used by the Center for International Education for study abroad fairs and other publications. All photos submitted (winners and non-winners) may be used in various marketing activities for the purpose of promoting study abroad at the College of Charleston.


You may contact Stephanie Todt,, with any questions.

Spring 2019 & Spring Break 2019 Entry Form

Summer 2019 Entry Form

Deadline for submission for the Spring & Spring Break 2019 contest is August 1, 2019.  Deadline for submission for Summer 2019 contest is September 1, 2019. All participants will be notified via email of the results.