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Global Encounters Photo Exhibit & Contest

Photo by Hannah Sachs ‘16 of sheep in the Czech Republic

The Lewis Global Studies Center Global Encounters Photo Contest and Exhibit provides a venue for Smith students to share their global experiences with the Smith community. All Smith students are encouraged to submit a photo or two depicting a global encounter they experienced abroad or within the United States. An event held in the fall semester will discuss photography composition, how to choose what to submit and how to abide by ethical photography guidelines.

Submission Guidelines

Each student may submit up to two photos; each photo must be for a different category. The deadline to submit photos is generally in October of each year. Stay tuned for the 2019 date!

  • Up Close: Close-up images of a specific person or thing. (Micro view)
  • From Afar: Expansive views of a place or culture. (Macro view)
  • Learning Moments: Social interaction between cultures or of the photographer's own immersion in a cultural context. Images that reflect "aha!" moments of discovery.
  • Daily Life: Everyday moments in which one experiences culture and environment or simply the active participation in educational activities such as field work, discussion or reflection.
  • Cultural Oppositions: A view of two or more distinct cultures shown in relationship to each other.

How to Submit

Digital photos of up to 10 inches in longest dimension, at 300 dpi can be submitted. Winning photos will be printed (roughly 8 x 10 inches) and displayed for the exhibit in the Nolen Art Lounge.

Save photos with a file name in this format: Country_Lastname_Firstname_class year.jpg (Kenya_Jones_Ann_12.jpg) and email the high-resolution digital photo files to

In the text of your email, include the following:

  • Your name
  • Class year
  • Location of the image
  • Category/categories to which you are submitting your photo(s) (one category per photo)
  • If you were participating in a college sponsored activity, include this information (i.e. study abroad, Praxis, Rhythm Nations, international experience grant, etc.)
  • Brief artist statement about the photo

You will also need to include this sentence in the body of your email:

"I ____(type your full name here)___ give permission for Smith College Lewis Global Studies Center to use my photographs for promotional purposes in print and web materials."

The photo contest takes place online. All valid entries will be displayed digitally on the Lewis Global Study Center Facebook page.

The public may vote for a Viewer's Choice photo by "liking" the photo.

A panel of Smith experts in photography, visual anthropology and global culture will be invited to participate in a juried review of the contest submissions and will provide commentary on notable photos and techniques of the photos.

The intent of this juried review is to demonstrate the multiple perspectives on the impact of photographic images as well as the different disciplinary appreciations of photography as cultural documentation, aesthetic representation and student engagement.

Winning photographs will be displayed in the Nolen Art Lounge. 

The photo contest jurors will announce the selected winners and discuss why they chose the photos they deemed notable. Prior to the reception, you will be able to vote on Facebook for your favorites to help select the People’s Choice photograph! The photograph with the most number of ‘Likes’ gets the honor.