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 by Friday, October 2, 2020.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
All submissions will be displayed in the Nolen Art Lounge from October 19–October 29, 2020.
The reception will be held Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 4–5:30 p.m. in Campus Center 103/104.
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 email@example.com. 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.
2018 Photo Contest Winners
Maia Russell ’19J
This is a photo of 5-year-old La Cho. He is from the Shan State province of Myanmar but is currently a novice at Naymin Monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar. All boys in Myanmar must spend at least seven days of their youth as a novice, although many, like La Cho, end up spending many years, if not their whole life, learning the teachings of Buddha as well as a more traditional education. On his face he is wearing Thanaka, a paste made from the bark of a tree. All children and women in Myanmar wear Thanaka for its beauty, sun protection and skin cleansing properties. La Cho is a curious and kind child who loves to look at photos of animals and play outside in the sand.
Hanne Gaukel ’19
This was my view on my last evening in Florence. I took a stroll in my old neighborhood in the blazing July heat but slowed down to appreciate the Mugnone River and to think about all the times I had crossed it in the past year. It is not one of the most touristy locations in Florence, but it is definitely one of my favorites.
Vivian Hulsey ’19
On a cold January morning, a young boy sits while an older man plays an instrument, a chicken stands nearby, a gnome greets the observers, a puppet waits off to the side and religious votives line up in the background. The image was taken at the entrance of the Bolhão Market in Porto, which dates back to 1850.
Karla Pena ’19
This is an up close image of a building where an artist would create paintings made from sugar and fire. While on our tour of this area, he demonstrated how he was able to create his art with the sugar and fire.
Nina Sajankila ’19
Mountains through clouds, colorful roofed buildings and rainy flowers were not a sight I was used to seeing, but for many living in this small town of Mürren, Switzerland, this is life. I was intrigued by the white sky that revealed small portions of the mountain hiding, that I had to piece together like a puzzle. I had no idea of the scene that laid behind, but I was tempted to see what was hiding.
Crystal Zang ’20J
This photo was taken at a Sunday market in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. “Chicken Bus” in the photo is a prevalent mode of transportation in Central American countries. They are retired school buses from the United States.
Vatsala Ramanan ’22
This photograph shows a young boy rowing his boat on the Ganges River during the evening aarti, or prayer. While I was taking his photograph the boy was looking for customers to buy the diyas, or candles, he was selling. Despite numerous rejections from people he continued to market his products with great zeal. It was an incredibly fascinating sight!
Lyric Lott ’21
Mizuho, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
While in Japan, sushi conveyor belt bars struck me as the perfect symbol of the bridge between Japan’s modern art of high-tech convenience and its beloved traditional culture. There one can experience a food Japan has enjoyed for centuries in a modern layout designed to combat the recent issue of overpopulation.
Belise Bwiza ’20
I took these Images during the summer of 2018 when I interned in Kenya in the Smith immersion program.