UCalgary International Photo Contest 2021

The UCalgary International Photo Contest is going Virtual!

Every Winter semester, UCalgary International hosts an international photo contest. The contest is open 
to all current students, and we welcome submissions from any international location - whether photos 
taken on a Study Abroad program, during your personal travels, or even across Canada.

Typically the contest receives over 300 submissions each year, which are then displayed for public 
viewing on campus. Entries are appraised by both professional photographers and the campus
community for composition, style, creativity, and expression of your international experience.

This year, we are taking the contest virtual! All entries will be collected and posted digitally with select photos qualifying for an online virtual showcase in which entrants will have the opportunity to present their photos on a virtual online session prior to a final voting period.

IMPORTANT DATES

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 8, 2021

Refer to Rules and submission instructions for guidelines on entry.

ONLINE VOTING QUALIFYING ROUND:
TBD

VIRTUAL FINALIST SHOWCASE:
March 2021 - Date to be finalized

Questions?

Contact us at study.abroad@ucalgary.ca

How do you participate?

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES

First off ensure you meet the entry requirements, follow the submission guidelines and be sure to make your submissions prior to the ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED March 8, 2021. 

ONLINE VOTE - QUALIFIERS

Follow @UCalgaryAbroad on social media and if your submission(s) are accepted they will be posted online to our FB page. From there we encourages you to like and share your photos (or others if you like them) as votes will be a major part of the selection process for deciding our final 3 in each category.

ONLINE VIRTUAL SHOWCASE

Be sure to stay tuned as the finalists will present their photos along with the story behind them for an online session which we will then post to the Study Abroad YouTube Channel.

ONLINE VOTE - FINAL

All the finalists photos will then be re-posted and you can vote for your favorites online again on the Study Abroad Facebook page!
Final winners will be selected based on these voting numbers!

2021 Contest Categories

There are three (3) categories for photo submissions in the 2021 UCalgary International Photo contest:

Miss You

Are there certain people, cultures or traditions you are missing right now? Show us your best international photo that illustrates the people or cultural aspects you miss the most from your travel and Study Abroad! Maybe it's a friend you made or a unique cultural experience with someone you got to have. Think portraits, close ups and action shots.

Where to?

Already have Study Abroad plans for 2021-22? Is there some place you can't wait to go back to? Let us know the place you are most looking forward to going in the next year!

These can be cultural landmarks to hidden gems to national treasures to special campus spaces or an empty beach.

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Dynamic Duos

We have a team category! You and a friend or colleague from abroad have a mission to as a duo: show two perspectives of the same thing.

Be creative! But remember you must submit TWO photos, one by EACH of you. This category will have a winning TEAM with both members winning prizes.

The UCalgary International Photo Contest is open to all current UCalgary students and recent graduates. Faculty, staff, and alumni (of more than 1 year) are not eligible to enter.

All photos with an international theme are welcome for the contest. This includes, but is not restricted to: photos taken in any country, including Canada; during programs run by UCI, Haskayne, Schulich, or another university unit; or during any other international study, work, or travel period.

Only the photographer has the right to submit their photos to the contest.* Entry forms must be signed by the photographer, and any prizes won will be awarded to them.

*Please note that the exception will be made in the "Dynamic Duos" category for one person to submit the both photos however, these photos must be the works of both parties.

Photos may be black-and-white or colour, and may be taken by any form of camera. Some digital adjustments of photos are allowed for optimizing images. These are: curves, brightness, contrast, shadow and highlight levels, saturation, sharpening and noise reduction, and selected burning or shading. Any other techniques or filters, including combinations of images and compositional changes, will not be accepted.

Please be careful to choose the category best fitting your photo when submitting. Photos will be judged for their originality, image, quality, international focus, caption/title, overall impression, and relevancy to the submission category. A maximum of 1 entry may be submitted to each of the contest categories.

Please note the Winter 2021 photo contest rules & forms are linked below for your reference. They may be subject to change for future iterations of this contest. 

As noted in the Rules and Format document: Each photo must be accompanied at the time of submission by an official Entry Form as well as a Release Form signed by the entrant. The entrant’s signature on these forms confirms acceptance of all the contest rules and regulations.

All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. MST on Monday, March 8, 2021. Entries must be submitted via email at study.abroad@ucalgary.ca - Please use the subject line: 2021 Photo Contest Entry [Your Name]

All photos must be deemed appropriate for display by University of Calgary policies.

Some digital adjustments are allowed for optimizing images. These are: curves, brightness, contrast, shadow and highlight levels, saturation, sharpening and noise reduction, and selected burning or shading. Any other techniques or filters, including combinations of images and compositional changes, will not be accepted.

Photos submitted must be under 10MB in size and in a PNG or JPG format.

Please save your photo file as “full name – study abroad location”, e.g. “John Smith – Calgary Canada” (this is for submission purposes only; the name that you choose when filling out your Entry Form will be the name published alongside your photo).

All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. MST on Monday, March 8, 2021. photos may be submitted two ways:
a.    via a shared OneDrive file on UCalgary Outlook 365
b.    as an attachment via email to study.abroad@ucalgary.ca

 

The 3 categories for photo submissions in the Winter 2021 UCalgary International Virtual Photo contest include:

  1. Miss You - Are there certain people, cultures or traditions you are missing right now? Show us your best international photo that illustrates the people or cultural aspects you miss the most from your travel and Study Abroad! Maybe it's a friend you made or a unique cultural experience you got to have. Think portraits, close ups and action shots. (Remember you have to have permission from your subject to share the photo!)
  2. Where to? - Already have Study Abroad plans for 2021-22? Is there some place you can't wait to go back to? Let us know the place you are most looking forward to going in the next year! These can be cultural landmarks to hidden gems to national treasures to special campus spaces or an empty beach. Landscapes, cityscapes or monuments; urban or rural; it doesn’t matter where your subject matter is, as long as place is the main focus of this photo.
  3. Dynamic Duos - We have a team category! You and a friend or colleague from abroad have a mission to as a duo: "Show two perspectives of the same thing."
    Be creative! But remember you must submit TWO photos, one taken by EACH of you. This category will have a winning TEAM with both members winning prizes.

There will be two rounds of voting, the first will be a voting period online through the Study Abroad Facebook page. Following that the TOP 3 selected entries in each category (based on voting and expert judging) will be asked to present their photos in a virtual presentation to be scheduled for the first weeks of March. At this event, all of the finalists will be given the opportunity to in 90 seconds present and tell the story behind their photo entry. 

The video of these presentations will be posted, along with the finalists entries once again on the Study Abroad Facebook page for online voting. 

Prizes will be awarded for first place entries in all three categories with a prize each for the two students with the winning entry in the "Dynamic Duos" Category

Q: Do I need to have participated in a study abroad program to submit?
A: No! Any current University of Calgary student, regardless of program or experience, is welcome to submit a travel photo. In the case of the Dynamic Duos category, the participating team must have AT LEAST one UCalgary student as described above and permitted to have the work of one partner student from UCalgary or a UCalgary partner institution.

Q: I'm a recent UCalgary graduate. Can I still enter this contest?
A: If you graduated in February or June of the previous academic year, or November of this academic year, you are welcome to submit photos. If you graduated more than 1 year ago, unfortunately you are not eligible to enter this contest.

Q: Do I have to submit a physical photo or can I email my submission in?
A: Unlike other years, we will be accepting digital entries only, please see rules and guidelines for format questions.

Q: How many entries can I submit?
A: You can submit 1 entry for each of the 3 categories, to a maximum of 3 entries total. You are only permitted 1 entry in the duos team category with that entry counting as both yours and your partner's. Photos must be relevant to their respective categories.