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Global Encounters Photo & Video Contests

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

The Lewis Global Studies Center Global Encounters Photo & Video contests provide a venue for Smith students to share their global experiences with the Smith community. All Smith students are encouraged to submit entries depicting a global encounter they experienced abroad or within the United States.

Photo Contest Guidelines

An event held in the fall semester will discuss photography composition, how to choose what to submit and how to abide by ethical photography practices.

Submission Guidelines

Each student may submit up to two photos; each photo must be for a different category.

Submissions are due TBD, Fall 2023.

  • 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.
  • Life and Learning: Scenes documenting differences in your daily life/differences in how you learned these past two and a half years.

How to Submit

Digital photos of up to 10 inches in longest dimension, at 300 dpi or at least 1080x809 pixels can be submitted. Winning photos will be printed (roughly 8 x 10 inches) and displayed in the exhibit.

Save photos with a file name in this format: Country_Lastname_Firstname_class year.jpg (Kenya_Jones_Ann_25.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.

Reception: Thursday, October 27 at 4:15pm in the SCMA Atrium


Video Contest Guidelines

Have you had an international experience during your time at Smith that you want to share in a digital format? Use this opportunity to reflect and share your story. Choose what you want to focus on (e.g. personal growth, local culture, relationships with friends/host family, academics) and then turn it into a video narrative using music, voice-over, photographs and/or video footage. Show us how you interacted with a new environment or a lesson you learned through your global experience. Be creative!

  • Video should be between 1 and 3 minutes long.
  • Who can enter? Smithies who have studied or interned abroad during their time at Smith for: a year, semester, summer or interterm, and international Smithies reflecting on their time in the United States.

The videos that we feel express most thoughtfully the relationship between the student and their global experience will be chosen to receive awards (a small cash prize & a place for your work on the Lewis Global Studies website).

Your work will also be publicly acknowledged and displayed in the Lewis Global Studies Center during graduation events.

All submissions must be digital. Please upload your submission through Google drive and share with In addition, please include the following in your message:

  • Your preferred name and class year
  • The title of your video
  • Where your global experience took place
  • A sentence or two about yourself
  • 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 video for promotional purposes in print and web materials.”

Submission deadline: 11:59pm, Sunday, March 20, 2022.

Important Copyright Information

Please be sure to use open source music and photographs any time the work is not your own and to credit the original producer. Photographs or video footage of identifiable individuals should have verbal or written consent.

If you have any further questions or would like sample work please contact the Lewis Global Studies Center Social Media Intern Anne Husmann.