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Time to vote in the Study Abroad international photo contest

Submitted photos await your vote Feb. 7-9 at Mac Hall
February 6, 2017
Study abroad students try out a traditional klomp in the Netherlands. University of Calgary International photos

Study abroad students try out a traditional klomp in the Netherlands. University of Calgary International photos

Study abroad students in Korea. 

Each February the Study Abroad Office hosts a popular international photo contest open to all current students. A panel of judges evaluates the photos in several categories on technical merits such as composition, lighting and quality, as well as style, creativity and international focus.

You can vote for your favourite photos (People’s Choice winners) on social media or by visiting the Study Abroad photo contest exhibit in the Mac Hall North Courtyard, where all submitted photos will be displayed Feb. 7-9. Winners and prizes will be announced in late February.

“We typically receive over 200 entries each year. It’s inspiring to see all of the places our students have gone and how their travels have shaped their understanding of identity, people, and place,” says Colleen Packer, manager, International Learning Programs.

Award categories

  • Best People photo: National Geographic-style photos of people, including portraits
  • Best Place photo: Shots of urban/natural landscapes and cultural icons 
  • Best #UCalgaryAbroad photo: Featuring you and your friends’ pride of being a UCalgary student
  • Best Overall photo: Selected by the judges
  • People's Choice: Two winners selected by the University of Calgary community.

“More than 1,000 students internationalize their degree through an exchange or group study program every year,” adds Packer. “They can spend a summer, semester or year on one of 150-plus programs worldwide without paying foreign student tuition and earning credit toward their major, minor or options. The photo contest raises awareness about this unique opportunity they can benefit from only while studying here.”  

For further info on study abroad opportunities, go to Programs are filling quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Study Abroad office today at and start travelling and earning credit by spring.