Study Abroad Photo and Video Contests

During the fall of 2013, Study Abroad will host two contests -- photo and video -- for study abroad returnees. More information on these individual contests can be found below.  Prizes are awarded via the student’s UBill. Feel free to enter both the photo and video contests.

Entrants and winners will be notified via email and a public announcement will be made. Questions about this process or the contest in general can be sent to

2013 Study Abroad Photo Contest:

The photo contest is open to UI students that have or are currently studying abroad. Applicants may submit up to two photographs overall (either two in one category or one in each). We will select one winning photo from each category and a third overall Grand Prize winner. Please read the following category descriptions closely to determine where your photo submissions belong:

            CATEGORY 1: Student experiences

How did you choose to experience study abroad? Show us those once-in-a-lifetime activities that you never would have been able to do in Iowa. Did you and your friends tour a castle, ride a camel, zip-line through the rainforest or eat lunch on the patio of a French cafe? Feel free to get creative- let's see what you got up to as a UI student abroad! All photos submitted to this category must feature at least one UI student.

            CATEGORY 2: Exploring local cultures and traditions

For this category we are looking for photos that show some of the customs and traditions unique to the areas you studied or visited abroad. Show us an image that captures the essence of your host country for you. From the dragonboat races of Hong Kong to the street vendors of Morocco, be sure to look beyond the landmarks. We want to know the people and customs that make your host country what it is. 

Please note that the use of copyrighted material not owned by the photographer or extensive use of Photoshop (e.g. combining different photographs into one composite image) will be grounds for immediate disqualification. 

This contest is closed. See the winners.

2013 Study Abroad Video Contest:

The video contest is open to UI students that have or are currently studying abroad. Applicants may submit a single video between 90 seconds and three minutes in length. This year’s theme is Documentary Style. We want you to give us a personal, reflective look into some aspect of your study abroad experience almost as if you were doing a video blog entry. We are looking for more than just footage from your travels set to music.

Possible mini-documentary subjects might include:

  • cuisine of your host country
  • the biggest cultural differences you faced
  • tips for future study abroad students
  • an introduction to your host city
  • top ten lessons you learned abroad

Here are two examples of videos that include a few of the elements we are looking for. Creativity is encouraged!

Please note that the use of copyrighted material like photos, music, or videos that do not belong to the participant will result in an automatic disqualification from this contest. See below for a list of websites that supply royalty-free music.

This contest is closed. See the winners.