Welcome to the 10th Annual Global Images Photo Contest for the 2017/18 Academic Year Photo Contest. This contest is open to all Colby Colby students who studied or did work abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year.

We would like to encourage you to submit photo(s) along with a short description that capture the people and places that contributed to your unique experience abroad.

There are four distinct categories you can choose from and you can participate in two at once. The winning photos are selected by a student, faculty and staff panel and there are prizes to be won! Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 4th, midnight.

 

Four Photo Contest Categories:

 

 

Landscapes and Streetscapes: A landscape or streetscape that reveals your vision of the place you visited and provides a sense of that place.

 

    

Portraits: A portrait of a person or group of people you encountered abroad. 

 

    

The Global Classroom: A representation of an academic aspect of your off-campus study experience.

 

 

The student experience: Representation of a personal or professional skill you developed while you were out seeing the world.

 

 

 

Photo Contest Rules

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CONTEST RULES

  1. Submit up to 2 photos, each photo must be in a different category and from international locations outside the U.S.
  2. Send high resolution, original photos (minimum size of 1MB) — photos copied from Facebook or your phone do not have high enough resolution for enlargement.
  3. Photos must have a file name that includes your Lastname_Firstname_class year_ Country.jpg. Please put PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line of your email.
  4. Submit “Photo Registration Form”  (OCS photo contest Registration form ’18)  for EACH photo (including Student name, class year, title of photo, location, and must include the mandatory description/caption).
  5. Email the Photos and Registration forms to smforbes@colby.edu. Photos with no or incomplete registration information will be disqualified and not considered for the contest.

CONTEST CATEGORIES

  •  Category 1 – Landscapes & Streetscapes: A landscape or streetscape that reveals or symbolizes your vision of the place you visited and provides a sense of the place in which it was taken. What about this image makes it meaningful for you?
  • Category 2 – Portraits: A portrait of a person or group of people you encountered abroad. How did this encounter occur or what was your relationship with this person(s)? How does this portrait capture or illustrate, for you, the way of life or cultural context of the people among whom you lived during your studies abroad? What does it tell you about the people of this country?
  • Category 3 – The Global Classroom: Select a photo which represents an academic aspect of your off-campus study experience, indicating the name and type of program on which you studied. The photo should:
    • Show a learning experience you had either in the classroom, during a course-related excursion, a cultural event/activity, or while engaging with local culture
    • Illustrate the process of learning (and how it may or may not be different than learning at Colby), or
    • Depicts a product, outcome or achievement which is a result of your academic experience
  • Category 4 – The student experience: Look at the photos you took. Looking beyond the beautiful views or funny shots to select an image that illustrates or documents a personal or professional skill you developed while you were out seeing the world. What does your photo actually say about you and the skills you used or gained during your time away? Explain “what you see” in the photo at first glance (what the picture is about) versus “what you get” (what lesson(s) or skills your derived from the activity or experience.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Deadline

  • Please don’t miss the Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 4, midnight. Late entries will have to be disqualified.

JUDGING

Judging

  • First, Second and Third place winning photos in each will be selected by a panel composed of OCS staff, student workers, and Colby faculty/staff members.
  • Photos will be judged on the basis of artistic and technical merit, originality, and the image’s ability to capture an experience, location, or event abroad with an emphasis on the student’s description and interpretation of the meaning of the photo as written in the photo caption.

PRIZES

  • The first, second and third place winners in each category will receive a $75, $50 or $25 (respectively) gift card and an Off-Campus Study t-shirt.
  • Winning photos will be on display in Pulver Pavilion and will be exhibited at other locations around campus. The photos will also be on our OCS website and Facebook pages.
  • All submissions can be viewed (after the submission deadline) on our Facebook page Off-Campus Study at Colby College.

Past Photo Contest Winners

 

Photo Contest 2017: winning photos from students abroad in 2016-17

Landscapes and Streetscapes

A landscape or streetscape that reveals or symbolizes your vision of the place you visited and provides a sense of the place in which it was taken. What about this image makes it meaningful for you?

Silence at Sunrise
Silence at Sunrise

Silence at Sunrise

Many people have seen photos of the blue cat filled city in Morocco, but few can explain the surprising and unusual feeling when walking through these streets. The surrounding blue hues are all encompassing and throughout the day of exploring, I began to realize the subtle sense of tranquility and peace that the network of blue walls had gradually instilled in me. The peaceful blues have a fascinating effect on ones mood as you wander through the medinas, which has walls veiled by intricate Moroccan rugs, leather and scarves. Although I was just in Chefchaouen for a single day, I left these streets feeling more curious and hopeful than ever for the next adventure. (Julia Saul, Morocco)

Coastal Colors
Coastal Colors

Coastal Colors

The colors in this photo suggest what it felt like to aimlessly wander the narrow, winding, and steep streets of Menton, the last stop on the French Riviera before crossing the Italian border. The ochre dwellings pictured here spill down the hillside to the glistening Mediterranean Sea. The mountains behind the sleepy town protect it from cold northerly weather, creating a particular microclimate that allows for stunning exotic gardens and citrus to be grown year-round. Menton doesn't offer the celebrity glitz like its neighbors of Cannes, Nice, and Monte-Carlo, however lemons abound! The most perfect lemon wedge accompanied each dish at the quaint restaurants which offer the finest French cuisine. The charming and vibrant Italian architecture along with the citrusy aromas carried by the sea breeze made for calming walks along the Promenade. Menton was my absolute favorite place that I visited in France during my semester. I couldn't help but stare at the bright hues of the buildings and the sea, reminding myself that colors can tell us so much about the culture of a place. (Katie Nicolaou, France)

Late Afternoon in Positano
Late Afternoon in Positano

Late Afternoon in Positano

The colors in this photo suggest what it felt like to aimlessly wander the narrow, winding, and steep streets of Menton, the last stop on the French Riviera before crossing the Italian border. The ochre dwellings pictured here spill down the hillside to the glistening Mediterranean Sea. The mountains behind the sleepy town protect it from cold northerly weather, creating a particular microclimate that allows for stunning exotic gardens and citrus to be grown year-round. Menton doesn't offer the celebrity glitz like its neighbors of Cannes, Nice, and Monte-Carlo, however lemons abound! The most perfect lemon wedge accompanied each dish at the quaint restaurants which offer the finest French cuisine. The charming and vibrant Italian architecture along with the citrusy aromas carried by the sea breeze made for calming walks along the Promenade. Menton was my absolute favorite place that I visited in France during my semester. I couldn't help but stare at the bright hues of the buildings and the sea, reminding myself that colors can tell us so much about the culture of a place. (Kylie Walters, Italy)

 

Portraits

A portrait of a person or group of people you encountered abroad. How did this encounter occur or what was your relationship with this person(s)? How does this portrait capture or illustrate, for you, the way of life or cultural context of the people among whom you lived during your studies abroad? What does it tell you about the people of this country?

A Man and his "Miel" at the Market
A Man and his "Miel" at the Market

A Man and his "Miel" at the Market

One of the most enriching parts of coming to know the ins and outs of Aix throughout my semester there was becoming increasingly familiar with the vendors at the markets. Aix is famous for its daily markets boasting fresh produce, herbs, baguettes, meat, eggs, and dairy. Held in two different squares in town, the markets are bustling with people from dawn until two in the afternoon. Although I did not know the man pictured here personally, I walked by him now and then and looked forward to seeing him deep in conversation with his regular customers. The market culture in France, and specifically in Aix, taught me so much about what French people value when it comes to what they consume. I had never eaten so locally and seasonally in my life, and gotten such quality food at such incredible prices. More importantly, I got to know the vendors whose stands I frequented and made friends who made it hard to say goodbye. This photo picturing the man selling honey represents what it means to be an "Aixoise". The people of Aix buy their food at the market, and have meaningful relationships with the people who grow and sell what they'll eat each week. I got to experience this way of life each week, accompanying my host parents on their trips to the larger Saturday market, where we would fill large backpacks, carts, and baskets to the brim with precious goods. This aspect of French culture caused me to reevaluate how and where I choose to buy my food, and how important it is to forge connections with the people who provide it for me. (Katie Nicolaou, France)

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

This man was the keeper of the lighthouse that is part of the fortress that guards the bay of Havana. The fortress is the largest in Latin America, so a friend of mine and I went to explore it one evening and met this man at the top of the lighthouse. He told us about the history of the fortress and even about the farm he lives on outside of the city. This conversation was one of many that seemed to spark with ease around Havana, making it feel like a small town. Despite the language barrier, I met people at pizza and ice cream shops, and even walking in the street, discussing everything from food to politics. Conversations like this one showed me the openness and patience of life in Cuba. (Jake Lester, Cuba)

Healing Orange Pain
Healing Orange Pain

Healing Orange Pain

Nguyễn Hoa Niên is a ten-year-old boy who I met while working an internship at the Hoa Vang community center run by the Da Nang Association of Victims of Agent Orange (DAVA). Agent Orange sprayed by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War continues to pose harmful health risks to generations of Vietnamese citizens today. DAVA aims to improve the quality of life for all Agent Orange victims in the Da Nang region. Niên’s disability prevents the proper use of his limbs, and he cannot speak. Despite his physical condition, he showed pure happiness while spending time with volunteers like myself and other children at the center. (Loan Heilner, Vietnam)

 

The Global Classroom

Select a photo which represents an academic aspect of your off-campus study experience, indicating the name and type of program on which you studied. The photo should:

  • Show a learning experience you had either in the classroom, during a course-related excursion, a cultural event/activity, or while engaging with local culture
  • Illustrate the process of learning (and how it may or may not be different than learning at Colby), or
  • Depicts a product, outcome or achievement which is a result of your academic experience
Amazement at the Edge of the Globe
Amazement at the Edge of the Globe

Amazement at the Edge of the Globe

My Arctic Geophysics class, at the University Center in Svalbard Norway, taught us about the movements of glaciers and the observable effects that climate change has on the glaciers in the Arctic. In this photo, we climbed into the Longyearbreen glacier crevasse. We set up devices to measure the temperature and humidity in the glacier caves. We also observed different forms of rock that were churned up by the glacier movement, in order to understand how the glacier has been moving though recent years, compared to its historical movement. I was just in awe of the greatness that was this glacier crevasse. In this moment, I was so grateful for the academic opportunities that were presented to me. My mind became open to the tangible impact that humans have even at the remote edges of the world. (Will Wisener, Svalbard, Norway)

Ein Gedi
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi

I came to Israel fresh out of physical therapy after shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and fractured humerus. The international school's first excursion was a weekend hiking trip to the Ein Gedi nature preserves, the Dead Sea, and mount Masada. Having been in a serous shoulder brace and sling literally 3 days prior, I almost skipped the trip, but I am so glad I didn't. While in Ein Gedi we had hands on learning experiences on topics ranging from Middle Eastern botany to Bedouin folklore to applied international relations. This photo was taken at the top of a peak in Ein Gedi, facing into the country Jordan (the mountains you see in the background are actually Jordan). As an anthropology student, having the opportunity to talk about the cultural impacts of Israel's relationship with Jordan while literally staring at the border between the two countries was incredible. This semester, as a senior, I am writing an anthropology thesis about Israel, and that academic interest was sparked on this very trip, as our group crested the peak and looked over the vast expanse of the Dead Sea. (Rachel Bird, Israel)

Good Morning, Lama La
Good Morning, Lama La

Good Morning, Lama La

This photo is token in our wooden library in Bodh Gaya, India, the Buddha’s Enlightenment place. As part of the program engagement experience, a group of the students chose to ordain to be a monk or a nun for one week. After shaving our hairs and putting on robes, we got a totally new experience and understanding on Buddhist culture and philosophy. This photo records our Tibetan language class, where we had the chance to talk to local lamas. Besides practicing our oral Tibetan language, we also had the chance to learn about their experience and got a better understanding of Buddhist life and culture. (Ling Ding, India)

 

The Student Experience

Look at the photos you took. Looking beyond the beautiful views or funny shots to select an image that illustrates or documents a personal or professional skill you developed while you were out seeing the world. What does your photo actually say about you and the skills you used or gained during your time away? Explain “what you see” in the photo at first glance (what the picture is about) versus “what you get” (what lesson(s) or skills you derived from the activity or experience.

The Last Day of Sinlight
The Last Day of Sinlight

The Last Day of Sinlight

In my early years at Colby, I took for granted the amazing opportunities that were presented to me as a student. I let myself get caught up in the day-to-day and I rarely took a step back to look at my path. In this photo you see a group of friends hiking atop an endless ridge of mountains at sunset or sunrise. You are right on all accounts, except, the sun is not east or west in this photo; it is due south. This is the last day of sunlight on Svalbard, in late October. We hiked 6 hours to the top of the tallest mountain to catch the last 30 minute period of sunlight on our humble, arctic island. We cherished those 30 minutes, but we knew that the polar night would not stop us. From then on, I took every opportunity to explore end engage with the people on Svalbard. The loss of sunlight gave me agency. There was no more day-to-day, there was only opportunity to the next opportunity. I learned that in some places the sun does not shine, and the people there make the most of it anyways. I brought that attitude back to Colby, and because of it I am more connected with my community and my peers. It required me to go to the edge of the world in order to appreciate and love the path that I create in Waterville, Maine. (Will Wisener, Norway)

Silence at Sunrise
Silence at Sunrise

Silence at Sunrise

I had spent years imagining what it would be like to travel by boat and weave my way through the labyrinth of the Halong Bay islands. Upon entering the islands, I sat on the upper deck of the boat myself and cried tears of overwhelming joy; I was finally here. Despite the incredible beauty of the bay, I quickly realized there was more than meets the eye. We traveled alongside hundreds of tourists as trash floated by us in the water and we learned there were regulations against swimming as a result of the pollution. This place that had sat on the top of my bucket list turned out to be a construction of photographs and ideas. I will still regard Halong Bay as one of the most beautiful places in the world, but this experience opened my eyes to the power of photography and narrative. In this photo you see a peaceful and perfect morning, while the pollution lies just below the surface and oil rigs are just on the horizon. (Julia Saul, Vietnam)

Intersection
Intersection

Intersection

As a Classical Civilizations major, Athens means so much to me. On a break from my program in Oxford, UK, I spent over a week in Athens, just wanting to see everything. This photo, to me, demonstrates the way I see Athens--a beautiful, colorful clash of old and new, history and contemporary. Worth the hike, it seems to say that Athens can only been truly, objectively seen from above, through a lens that encompasses both history and art. Furthermore, it highlights how a modern twist and cultural flair can leave a mark on ancient history today. On the surface, it seems like a photo that showcases a beautiful city. But it has taught me a lot about the importance of perspective: only when we interweave the strands of the past and the present can we see the whole picture. Perspective was one of the most important lessons I learned abroad-- exposure to new perspectives is integral to any educational experience and can often be hard to find in one small community. Traveling enabled me to see the world from many new exciting angles and perspectives, and I'm so grateful for the experience. (Jess Greenwald, Greece)

 

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Photo Contest 2016: winning photos from students abroad in 2015-16

Landscapes and Streetscapes

A landscape or streetscape that reveals or symbolizes your vision of the place you visited and provides a sense of the place in which it was taken. What about this image makes it meaningful for you?

A Window in Granada
A Window in Granada

A Window in Granada

This is a photo I took inside the Alhambra looking out over the city of Granada. Some of my most memorable experiences in Spain were weekend trips sponsored by our program. One of these trips was to the neighboring city of Granada, where a group of about 30 students and I were given a tour of the Alhambra by two of our professors. There’s a reason it is the most visited tourist destination in Spain – the views and architecture throughout the Alhambra are stunning, and the history of the palace and surrounding buildings is fascinating. This is one of many architecturally impressive rooms in the Alhambra, with a spectacular view of the town and mountains that surround it. (Sevilla, Spain) submitted by Ben Bostwick '17

Africa’s Greatest Vanishing Act
Africa’s Greatest Vanishing Act

Africa’s Greatest Vanishing Act

While I was in Botswana, I was captivated by the dramatic landscapes and the amazing wildlife. I was so fortunate to get to experience everything I did, but I did not truly understand how fortunate I was. Every morning I would wake up and see lion, leopard, or wild dog prints outside of my tent. Every morning I would watch as the sun rose over the tree line, listening to the sounds of elephants playing, or wild dogs hunting. The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s, if not the world’s, most intact wilderness areas. Wildlife thrives there, and poaching and resource extraction is very minimal. This does not tell the full story, however. Africa as a whole, is dying. Landscapes are changing drastically, and wildlife populations are being decimated. Elephants are the most visible example of this, with current populations (~415,000) being a tenth of what they were estimated to be in the early 20th century. This photo embodies my experience of Africa, both captivating and untamed, but not truthful. I was blinded by all the wildlife I saw and interacted with, but this photo was a subtle reminder of that truth. (Mababe, Botswana) submitted by Fen Bowen '17

On Foot
On Foot

On Foot

I started to marvel at how the invention of the wheel has revolutionized human destiny since my first time to the States. At the same time, I can't help wondering how far we are still travelling on foot and how much we are still learning from such a laborious experience. Studying abroad in the U.K. allowed me to walk (almost!) anywhere and everywhere. This sunrise was captured on the Isle of Wight, southern England. Unlike the driver who might be grumbling over the piercing sunlight and mindful of various things that could suddenly cross the street, I was mulling over what awaited behind the sun. Would it be another curvature, a valley, or a sea view? What is more likely since I am in the middle of the island? On my foot, I stopped once in while, turning around to examine the architecture, hence the personality, of houses that, by a glance, looked almost the same. Instead of taking a given ride, I chose my own footpath to explore, to venture and ruminate. Isn't it all about youth? (Isle of Wight, England) submitted by Phuong Le '17

 

Portraits

A portrait of a person or group of people you encountered abroad. How did this encounter occur or what was your relationship with this person(s)? How does this portrait capture or illustrate, for you, the way of life or cultural context of the people among whom you lived during your studies abroad? What does it tell you about the people of this country?

Caras de la Crisis
Caras de la Crisis

Caras de la Crisis

One of the most valuable classes I took abroad happened to be one I added on a whim at the last minute – a photography class. The course revolved around a semester long project of our choosing. With the conscious objective to explore the city and improve my language skills, I decided to photograph the city’s homeless population and conduct follow-up interviews with each of them. Each of these interviews was challenging, and this one with Mari was no different. Living with a disability, she has struggled to find work in a country whose youth unemployment has hovered around 45%. Yet one of her biggest struggles, she said, was watching so many people pass her each day and feeling as though no one cared about her or her situation. I took this picture before our discussion and was struck by how her sentiments shown through in the picture. (Sevilla, Spain) Submitted by Ben Bostwick '17

Sunday Afternoon
Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Afternoon

Art is an important component for London and its people. I encountered this young, hippie, and broke couple enjoying Mona Hatoum’s exhibition at Tate Modern, London. The exhibition ticket was not cheap but they were probably the happiest couple in the world this Sunday afternoon. (London, England) Submitted by Yichen Lu '17

Mother and Daughter
Mother and Daughter

Mother and Daughter

Beyond the beautiful sunsets, hiking trails, and delectable food found in Cinque Terre, the moments that stood out to me most from my visit to the Italian coast involved witnessing the ways that the Italians detached themselves from the many crowds of tourists on the narrow streets and sought ways to enjoy one another’s company. I found this mother-child interaction to be especially moving – although the basketball net was not even upright, the mother and daughter made do with passing the ball back-and-forth again and again, smiling and cheering each other on with each catch. (Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy) Submitted by Cara Goldfarb '17

 

The Global Classroom

Select a photo which represents an academic aspect of your off-campus study experience, indicating the name and type of program on which you studied. The photo should:

  • Show a learning experience you had either in the classroom, during a course-related excursion, a cultural event/activity, or while engaging with local culture
  • Illustrate the process of learning (and how it may or may not be different than learning at Colby), or
  • Depicts a product, outcome or achievement which is a result of your academic experience
Glacier Ice in Patagonia
Glacier Ice in Patagonia

Glacier Ice in Patagonia

While backpacking through Torres del Paine, the famed national park of the Chilean Patagonia, local employees of the park taught us all about glaciers, including how the beautiful blue color of the ice is caused by the slow removal of oxygen during the melting and refreezing of ice blocks. They also gave me my first real world lesson of climate change, describing how the Patagonian glaciers (including the one in the picture) are receding by over a hundred feet every year. Its amazing what you can learn from strangers. (Patagonia, Chile) submitted by Craig Ballard '17

A Reminder of Their Old Existence
A Reminder of Their Old Existence

A Reminder of Their Old Existence

At Colby, we learn a lot of theory, but we rarely have the opportunity to see how such theories play out in the world. The best part about studying abroad with SIT’s IHP: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics program was having the opportunity to learn about the the problems in a city from the perspective of the people being affected by an issue instead of from the perspective of an academic. This image was from my time in Ahmedabad, India in a neighborhood by the name of Charmaliya, which means four stories in English. Charmaliya, the grey apartments featured in the photo, is one of the government’s housing complexes where displaced slum communities were relocated to during the construction of the Sabarmati riverfront redevelopment project. This photograph was taken during the our Neighborhood Day, which is a small group assignment where we visit a neighborhood in the city to learn about the people who live there, the history of the neighborhood, and some of problems that the neighborhood is currently facing. For me, this photo represents the effects of displacing people. The displaced residents in Charmaliya have to look over into the neighboring community and have a constant reminder of their old home. In every interview that we had with a  community member, someone mentioned, “we don’t know how to live in vertical houses” or “ this housing is worse than our old houses.” An architect, an expert in his/her field, designed this housing, yet, they could not foresee the unintended consequences that may come with the design. At this moment, I realized that I never want to lose sight of the human element in my work, whatever that may be, for the sake of progress and validating my expertise.  (Ahmedabad, India) submitted by Ant-quanique Dancy '17

Learning To Go Aloft
Learning To Go Aloft

Learning To Go Aloft

This photo depicts students of SEA Semester class S-263 learning to go aloft. Going aloft is an important aspect of sailing, it is required to set and strike sails, and to ensure proper maintenance of the rigging. While sailing aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, I had the unique opportunity to learn many new things and to gain many new experiences. A large part of our education over the course of this program was learning how to sail a tall ship as well as many maritime traditions. I found this experience to be both challenging and rewarding. I was able to progress from simply observing the sailing to leading my own watch. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I grew greatly from the education that I received.  (South Pacific Ocean) submitted by Hayley Kushner '17

 

The Student Experience

Look at the photos you took. Looking beyond the beautiful views or funny shots to select an image that illustrates or documents a personal or professional skill you developed while you were out seeing the world. What does your photo actually say about you and the skills you used or gained during your time away? Explain “what you see” in the photo at first glance (what the picture is about) versus “what you get” (what lesson(s) or skills you derived from the activity or experience.

The Sailboat//Sejlåden
The Sailboat//Sejlåden

The Sailboat//Sejlåden

One of the last activities I participated in consisted of sailing with my host mom, Bolette, and her friends from the Danish Marine Coast Guard. Now this was one of the few times I had been on a boat, so no sailing skills were gained in this excursion, but this was an experience that culminated my bonding with Bolette as well as my involvement in Danish culture. Originally, I was supposed to be on the same boat as Bolette, but because of a conflict, I ended up on a sailboat with two of her friends while she was on the boat that is in the picture. Throughout my time abroad I learned to be adaptable in situations that may make me uncomfortable, like being on a boat with two strangers or not being able to communicate with others. Learning to be flexible in life can open you so many amazing experiences that you might not have engaged in otherwise. Thankfully I was able to enjoy my host mom’s love of sailing, and I even got to steer the boat through the harbor! After our sailing excursion, we ended the night with “hygge” - good food, company, and conversation - a Danish farewell from my host mom. (Greve Strand, Denmark) submitted by Danielle Bagley '17

La Chiva
La Chiva

La Chiva

A chiva is a type of open air bus commonly found in Ecuador. They are known as party buses because Ecuadorians often rent them to sing, dance, and drink with friends and family while riding around the town, usually to commemorate a special event like a birthday. I took two chiva rides while studying abroad -- one during my first week in Ecuador and again during my last week in the country. These different chiva rides remind me of my growth as an independent traveler while studying abroad. When I first arrived in the country, I easily felt embarrassed when I tripped up on a Spanish word or had a cultural misunderstanding with my host family. By the end of my time abroad, I became more comfortable expressing myself and interacting with Ecuadorians on a daily basis. The fact that my chiva rides happened at the very beginning and ending of my abroad program reminds me of how far I had come in my learning experience. I took a picture of this particular chiva while touring the popular town of Baños de Aguas Santas with a fellow Colby student. We saw the chiva pass through a waterfall and then drive through the mountains. It is said that many years ago the Virgin Mary appeared near a waterfall in this town; after this, Baños became an important Catholic site in Ecuador. This photo is a memory of not only my trip to Baños, but a culmination of my personal journey while studying abroad. (Baños, Ecuador) submitted by Jasmyn Davis '17

The Other Side of the Trees
The Other Side of the Trees

The Other Side of the Trees

Just on the other side of these trees is the Champ de Mars, the grassy park at the foot of their Eiffel Tower and one of the busiest and highly congested tourist areas in Paris. This side of the trees however, is almost exclusively visited by locals running and walking their dogs. During my stay I got in the habit of running in this area in the mornings. For me this photo embodies my experience of transitioning from an outsider to someone truly integrated into my host city. This image represents a moment where I felt completely at home and the independence I gained living in this incredible, beautiful, international city. It also helps that, aside from the Eiffel Tower peeking out of the trees, this scene could easily be in Maine. (Paris, France) submitted by Cate Johnson '17

 

 

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Photo Contest 2015: winning photos from students abroad in 2014-15

The Student Experience

Look at the photos you took. Looking beyond the beautiful views or funny shots to select an image that illustrates or documents a personal or professional skill you developed while you were out seeing the world. Based on the examples in the article 5 Resume Boosters Hidden In Your Study Abroad Photos, what does your photo actually say about you and the skills you used or gained during your time away? Explain “what you see” in the photo at first glance (what the picture is about) versus “what you get” (what lesson(s) or skills you derived from the activity or experience.

Delicious
Delicious

Delicious

It might be hard to guess how this photo represents skills I acquired while abroad. I'll be the first to admit it - I didn't even make the salad. But I took this picture in my last days of traveling in Europe, after nine months studying in Aix-en-Provence, France. I took it on a two-week trip that I planned from start to finish. I took it after teaching myself enough Greek to order the salad. I took it after a night spent talking with locals, in three different languages, about the differences between their lives and my own. I took it when I was happy and hungry and proud of how far I'd come. I didn't realize how afraid I was - of so many things - before I went abroad. The thought of spending time with total strangers terrified me. I'd never even flown on a plane by myself, and I worried about every little detail. No magical transformation took place...I didn't go over and make ten new best friends and live every day like I was on vacation. Growth is as painful as it is beautiful. What they don't tell you about abroad is how hard the struggle can be. However, the person who came back from France is someone I like and understand much better than the person who left last fall. I can't put into words all of the changes I have undergone, but for me, this picture encapsulates what I gained in a year of coming to know myself. I earned this moment on a beach with a simple salad - and it was delicious. (Agia Marina, Aegina, Greece) Submitted by Kaitlin Curran '16

Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond

This photograph, taken from the top of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, exemplifies the unadorned beauty of the city that truly secured my heart while studying abroad. Before heading to Italy, my mom gave me an important piece of advice: look up. Look up from your phone, from your feet, from your conventional habits. I spent my entire four months in Florence doing just that: admiring, and photographing, life through a unique lens. But, there were moments, ironically, that looking down opened my eyes to an entirely new perspective. I was living in one of the most breathtaking cities in the world. Above it. Glancing down at timeworn terra-cotta and cobblestone. Placed atop history. I realized, in this moment, the treasure and value of simply “looking.” (Florence, Italy) Submitted by Kelly McCarthy '16

Little tourists, big Perito Moreno
Little tourists, big Perito Moreno

Little tourists, big Perito Moreno

One of the popular tourist attractions in Argentina is the Glaciar Perito Moreno, one of the largest glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentinian Patagonia. Tourists arrive at the glacier by boat and line up to tie on their crampons and walk on the glacier. Echoes of ice breaking off the structure ripple across the glacier’s surface, reminding you that it too is not eternal. Based on the second example of the article “5 Resume Boosters Hidden in Your Study Abroad Photos”, I believe that this photograph shows a humbleness that comes with being surrounded by something with a longer story than you. At first you see tourists lining up to live the unique experience of a glacier thousands of years old, but really what you are seeing are the remains of an ice cap that is struggling to survive through the warming of our planet. (Patagonia, Argentina) Submitted by Lidia Henderson '16

 

The Global Classroom

Select a photo which represents an academic aspect of your off-campus study experience, indicating the name and type of program on which you studied. The photo should:

  • Show a learning experience you had either in the classroom, during a course-related excursion, a cultural event/activity, or while engaging with local culture
  • Illustrate the process of learning (and how it may or may not be different than learning at Colby), or
  • Depicts a product, outcome or achievement which is a result of your academic experience
Reflections of a Changing Climate
Reflections of a Changing Climate

Reflections of a Changing Climate

During my studies at James Cook University I had the opportunity to do fieldwork on the remote and tropical Orpheus Island, located on the Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland. My professors were among the world’s top coral biologists and focused on the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on Great Barrier Reef corals. Displayed is a photo of coral biologist Bette Willis reflected in a pool of Orpheus Island Corals. (Orpheus Island, Northern Queensland- Australia) Submitted by Mary Parks '16

At Home in the Ancient World
At Home in the Ancient World

At Home in the Ancient World

One of my favorite things about College Year in Athens was that so much of our time was spent learning on-site. Not only did one of my classes learn about the archaeological sites of Athens from inside (including inside the Parthenon, closed to the public) and one met in the archaeological museum for half of its class meetings, but our field trips were organized so that some classes held meetings in sites around Greece that we had discussed previously in class. These sites included Knossos (a major Minoan site), Delphi (a famous sanctuary), and Epidauros, pictured here. Its theater is the best preserved and one of the largest dating back to Ancient Greece, and my Myth and Religion class had spent a lot of time talking about the festivals and rituals that used to happen there and comparing them to those of other sites in Greece. To be able to actually stand at the top and look down on the stage and surrounding countryside made what we had discussed in class feel so much more real, like I could have actually taken part in the ancient celebrations. (Epidauros, Greece) Submitted by Maggie Chutter '16

Through the Grapevine
Through the Grapevine

Through the Grapevine

This photo was taken at the Château de Villandry in the Loire Valley, France. Incredible gardens and grapevine-covered archways, like this one, surround this beautiful castle. All of the First Semester Abroad students in Dijon travelled here with our professor to explore this region’s detailed history firsthand. Wandering through this castle’s grounds and later touring Leonardo Da Vinci's country home provided an educational experience we couldn’t have had inside the four walls of a classroom, no matter what country.  (Loire Valley, France) Submitted by Clare Stephens '18

 

Portraits

A portrait of a person or group of people you encountered abroad. How did this encounter occur or what was your relationship with this person(s)? How does this portrait capture or illustrate, for you, the way of life or cultural context of the people among whom you lived during your studies abroad? What does it tell you about the people of this country?

Reflections
Reflections

Reflections

My brother and I stumbled upon this deserted boathouse about 2 miles into our hike in Berchtesgaden National Park. This location was not easily accessible, requiring a one-hour boat ride that began at the entrance of the park and ventured across the Königssee. The man in this photo was likely well into his 70’s and stood in this spot for a few minutes before continuing on. I have often wondered what brought him to this very serene and remote part of the park, and how difficult it must have been for him to reach it. The thoughts that ran through his mind as he peered out across the Obersee still remain a mystery to me, and I feel extremely lucky that I was able to not only witness this moment, but capture it as well. (Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany) Submitted by Olivia Pearson '16

Familia y Feria
Familia y Feria

Familia y Feria

While abroad I lived in a three-apartment home with twelve family members. Although this could be hectic, I was welcomed in with open arms not only making me feel at home but making me feel truly Spanish. My family taught me Spanish and I taught them English, my niece and nephew would knock on my window while I was doing homework in my room to say hello, and by the end of my time there I felt like a proud older sister when they’d run up to me in our neighborhood and tell me something they’d accomplished in school. This photo is of Zoila, my host niece, wearing her gitana dress for La Feria. Córdoba is a deeply traditional city and Feria in May is the pride and joy of this place. I was lucky enough to experience the full tradition of Feria from a local perspective with my family and am so grateful to have established such strong ties with every one of them. (Córdoba, Spain) Submitted by Erin Griffin '16

Mahay (To Know)
Mahay (To Know)

Mahay (To Know)

“Mahay, mahay!” my dance teacher would tell me after we finished each dance with our dancing troop. Each day during my weeklong homestay in the rural region of Faux Cap, the villagers of Analafaly would dance with me for four hours, teaching me traditional dances. Stomping the ground, moving in a circle, and singing traditional Antandroy songs, we seemed to get to know each other better even though we shared no mutual languages. They would have gladly danced until midnight had I not been exhausted! I captured this shot after one of the long dance sessions. (Analafaly, Faux Cap, Madagascar) Submitted by Casey Ballin '16

 

Landscapes and Streetscapes

A landscape or streetscape that reveals or symbolizes your vision of the place you visited and provides a sense of the place in which it was taken. What about this image makes it meaningful for you?

La Grande Roue à République
La Grande Roue à République

La Grande Roue à République

This photo was taken in December at la place de la République at the le Marché de Noël in Dijon, France. As République was transformed into a quintessential French Christmas Market, I grew excited to return home for the holidays. However, at the same time I knew that I would have to say goodbye to the city I called home for four months and all of the people who made the city so special to me. Some of my last and favorite memories of Dijon include riding this ferris wheel and strolling through the markets with the lifelong friends I made on this amazing trip. (Dijon, France) Submitted by Clare Stephens '18

Fue Permanente Emoción
Fue Permanente Emoción

Fue Permanente Emoción

When I mull over my time spent in Chile, I often think of this picture, taken in the Atacama Desert when six friends and I drifted across the alien landscape in a two-seater rental van. I don’t think any other image causes such an upwelling of feeling and memory from my abroad experience as this one. I found Chile to be a country marked by the powers of youth, exploration, and expression; all things that I also felt brimming within myself at that point in my life. The open road of the future captures the magical sentiment that Chile holds for me. (Atacama Desert, Chile) Submitted by Alex Rutan '16

The Streets of Venice
The Streets of Venice

The Streets of Venice

This photograph captures the effortless beauty and antiquity of Venice, a simple “streetscape” to contradict our perception of travel. While touring museums for my Renaissance Art History class, I was able to wander throughout the veins of the city, the Grand Canal that snakes through picturesque stone palazzos and piazzas. I captured this moment to emphasize the pure modesty of life in Venice, one that moves slowly and smoothly, much like the air-drying of laundry and the velvet ride of an Italian gondola. (Venice, Italy) Submitted by Kelly McCarthy '16