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Global Encounters Photo & Video Contests
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.
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.
Submissions are due Friday, January 8, 2021.
- 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 or at least 1080x809 pixels 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 email@example.com.
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.
At the reception, the photo contest jurors will 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Friday, February 28, 2020.
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 Lika Mikhelashvili.
2019 Photo Contest Winners
Cait Battle-McDonald ’20
The picture was taken in Qoornoq, Greenland, while I was participating in a study abroad program there (SIT Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic). Qoornoq is an abandoned fishing village about a two-hour boat trip from Nuuk. Visible in the photo is a train track that was used by the Qoornoq villagers to move fish to a processing plant. Now, some Greenlanders go to Qoornoq for the summer. In March, when we were there, it felt like a complete ghost town.
Hannah Kelsey ’20
This photo was taken during a trip to Falera, Switzerland, while studying abroad at DIS Copenhagen: A gondola floating amid the Swiss Alps.
Angie Gregory ’20
Taken while studying abroad at the 2019 Global FLEX Program in Ireland. People seek higher ground for perspective. A view from above can impart the feeling of being on top of the world, while at the same time a recognition of just how small we are in comparison to the entirety of existence. The act of flying a kite to capture this photo created a similar tension to the feeling of being in two places at once. I felt as though I was a bridge to the sky, getting a sense of the wind through the tension and tugging that played out in the string, while also having a strong grounding to the Earth. Along this same theme of seeking perspective, I appreciate how the experience of kite aerial photography is a duality of control and letting go. A similar process, I believe, to answering our own call for insight. There is an intention to the work of getting there, and then leaving it up to the magic of the conditions for what ends up being gained.
Bella Zhou ’22
Geumho-dong, Seoul, South Korea
This photo was taken while I was studying abroad at Ewha Womans University in the summer. It was taken after a long hike with one of my Korean friends who took me to a historic trail at Geumho-dong. When we came down from the mountains to the subway station, the station was empty, but the night scene was serenely beautiful, as different sources of lights scattered around the city.
Destiny Wiley-Yancy ’20
This image was taken from the top of Table Mountain, a mountain that overlooks the city of Cape Town, South Africa. This was my last day in South Africa and I relished every moment of it.
Morgan Donovan Jones ’21
Global FLEX: Overcoming Divided Histories. Metal, concrete, wire. Belfast, Ireland, has a long history of conflict and barriers. It’s changed the flow of the landscape, the design of the built environment and social customs. This is a wall that remains today that divides Protestant and Catholic communities. To preserve the greenspace, a fence has been put up to protect it. Flourishing greenery, billowing skies and celebrating children are all just out of reach.
Hannah Kelsey ’20
Taken during a trip to Falera, Switzerland, while studying abroad at DIS Copenhagen. This photograph is taken right before I had my first Swiss fondue. I didn’t know what to expect but was amazed at the tradition and time involved in preparing it. There is a special pot, different regional cheeses and several hours of melting and stirring involved. Also, there is a special tea you drink with it, chosen to balance the cheese.
Bella Zhou ’22
Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, South Korea
This photo was taken while I was studying abroad at Ewha Womans University in the summer. It was taken at Gyeongbokgung (경복궁), which is the most famous royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Since my friends and I were wearing Hanbok (한복), the traditional Korean dress for girls, we didn't need to pay for the palace visit. It was a precious experience to see the magnificent scenery of the palaces from K-dramas; it is grandly beautiful, owning numerous ponds and gardens.
Karime Gutierrez ’20
The French equivalent of April Fool’s is called “Poisson d’Avril”(April’s Fish). Kids spend time drawing and coloring fish to stick on people’s backs. I had two host siblings, 9 and 5 years old; this was the back of my sweater after dinner on the night of April 1st.
Mian Ding ’20
I passed this place every day on my way home last year of my Smith JYA, and this man was always at this corner with his stuff to sell. I bought lighters and napkins from him very often, but we never talked. I never knew his name, where he is from, if he identifies himself as a refugee, immigrant or Italian, and if he finds a sense of belonging here in Firenze, this busy city full of historical architecture and tourists.
Kelly Lincoln ’20
I was studying abroad in Córdoba, Spain, through PRESHCO this past semester. This photo was taken during the Women’s March in Córdoba on March 8th, 2019. The march began in the afternoon and went on until the evening. The sign reads “With or without clothes my body is not to be touched.”
Ebony Moseley ’20
Santa Rita, Bolivia
Eight Bolivian children from the Santa Rita community in the Amazon basin patiently awaiting a slice of birthday cake. This photo was taken during the spring 2019 semester through the SIT Study Abroad program in Bolivia on Multiculturalism, Globalization and Social Change.
Ella Callahan ’23
This fish market was on a street like any other. But on this day it was attracting a crowd of locals who stood in awe of the swordfish.
Rachana Meda ’20
This was a photo I took at the famous “Instagram Pier” in Hong Kong, known for its fantastic views of the city skyline, outlying islands, the ocean, and as a perfect sunset spot. I was studying abroad at HKUST. While I was walking around trying to get a good view of the city, during the sunset, I noticed a small shed filled with construction materials, where I rested for a bit. I looked to my right and saw the water lit up like fire. This photo is special to me because it is not the photo I expected to take, I wanted to take the obvious eye-catching photo of the Hong Kong skyline, but in noticing the small details, I realized that that was what Hong Kong was. It was beauty, between the concrete and lines, the glitz and the glamour, and it just took a moment to look a little bit closer.
Courtney Lo ’22
Harajuku District, Tokyo
A distorted reflection of the busy and bustling streets of a popular shopping district in Tokyo. People are seen to cluster as they wait to cross the intersection, awaiting their next purchase.
Alonda Robichaud ’20
During our group trip in the spring semester of my JYA in Paris to the south of France, we visited Arles, the town that inspired many of Van Gogh’s paintings. During the trip, I visited Espace Van Gogh, which is the site of the old Arles Hospital, where Van Gogh was committed after suffering a mental breakdown and severing his ear. Today, the site houses the town library, exhibition spaces, as well as souvenir shops. All of the souvenir shops in the space sell postcards of Van Gogh’s famous Garden of the Hospital in Arles painting, which he painted during his stay at the hospital. The town has done an amazing job maintaining the courtyard from the time that Van Gogh painted it. Seeing the courtyard and the painting simultaneously made me feel like I was in a time capsule.
Kelly Lincoln ’20
This is a photo of a Communist-era relief still standing in the facade of an old building on Marszalkowska Street in Warsaw. It depicts a bricklayer as an example of a “heroic worker.” It contrasts the modern building, graffiti and sign, and, in general, the lack of care given to that area. There was not much around in this part of town, and of the two Polish people with whom I was walking that day, only one knew of it, and the other said she had never paid attention to it before.
Rachel LaFlamme ’20J
I used an International Experience Grant to study Chinese during interterm in Shanghai. This photo encompasses a stark contrast of cultural traditions in a growing city landscape. While looking at the landscape, the modernized infrastructure cuts through the sky and the newest models of cars line the street. However, there are glimpses of traditions of simplicity without modern technology: the technique of drying clothes by hanging them outside on whatever surface possible, riding bikes for miles on end and washing clothes by hand in a worn bucket.