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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 22, 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 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.
Reception: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 12:15 pm via Zoom. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link.
Please join Acting Associate Director of Academic Programs & Public Education, Charlene Shang Miller, and Professor of Art, Fraser Stables, as they discuss each photo submission from our annual Global Encounters Photo Contest and then identify several outstanding photos to highlight. All attendees will vote on the People's Choice Award to be announced at the reception!
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.
2020–21 Photo Contest Winners
Renna Earp ’21
Category: Learning Moments
Location of Images: Valparaiso, Chile
Program: Study Abroad with SIT
During the women’s march in Valparaiso on March 8, 2020, I was absolutely stunned by the vast quantities of women and allies packing the streets for as far as the eye could see in every direction. In the moment this photo was taken, there were countless hands raised together in a way that would be impossible to experience today. This photo brings me a lot of nostalgia.
Ejona Gjata ’21
Category: Daily Life
Program: JYA in Paris 2019–20
I took this photo while spending yet another day of endless walking during my time in France. I realized pretty quickly that I would be trading in my favorite boots for sneakers. But even this experience of wearing my sneakers while in a dress, walking along a cobblestone street after just purchasing a few souvenirs immersed me in the cultural practicality of the French. The culture of just simply walking and observing my surroundings, which isn’t something I’m able to do often here in the States, provided me with a refreshing perspective.
April Hopcroft ’21
Category: Cultural Oppositions
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Program: SIT Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments
This photo was taken from the balcony of La Recoleta Urban Mall, overlooking the famous La Recoleta Cemetery, while I was studying abroad this spring (SIT Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments). The beautiful tombs of La Recoleta Cemetery—where Eva Perón and other famous Argentines rest—reflect Argentina’s rich cultural, political and architectural history. Meanwhile, in the foreground, the mall’s sleek, contemporary design evokes the country’s increasingly neoliberal leanings. On this day in early March, the cemetery had already closed to the public due to concerns about COVID-19. The mall’s balcony afforded an interesting, albeit bisected, glimpse of the famous tombstones from above.
Yasmine Porath ’24
Category: Daily Life
Location: Guilin, China
I think this photo captures the interactions of everyday life. There is so much happening separately yet simultaneously; mothers, elders, children, going about their lives connected infinitely by the moment of this photo.
People’s Choice Winner
Emilia Tamayo ’23
Category: Daily Life
Location: Anapoima, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Yaneth Perez Sanchez is the rural Colombian businesswoman and baker behind Sagú Amasijos y Postres, a small fresh bread bakery in the little town of Anapoima, located about an hour outside of the capital city, Bogotá. The capital’s approximately 8 million citizens rely on the labor of campesina women like Yaneth for their daily food, but here Yaneth takes care of her hungry townspeople first.