International Education Week Contests

Every year, International Programs - in conjunction with International Education Week - hosts a number of contests open to returning study abroad students as well as international students. See last year's winners.

UI Study Abroad Photo Contest
Study Abroad Photo Contest

Submit contest photos here!

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). All photos must have been taken outside the U.S. 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 did as a UI student abroad! All photos submitted to this category must feature at least one study abroad 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.

NOTE: 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. No panoramic photos will be accepted.

Prize amounts:

Overall grand prize: $150
First prize, Student Experiences: $100
First prize, Exploring local cultures and traditions: $100

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 ip-communications@uiowa.edu. Prizes are awarded via the student’s UBill. 

UI International Student Photo Contest
International Student Photo Contest

Submit contest photos here!

The photo contest is open to any full-time University of Iowa student holding a non-immigrant F-1 or J-1 student visa. 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. All photos must have been taken by the entrant in the U.S. Please read the following category descriptions closely to determine where your photo submissions belong:

CATEGORY 1: Show us your Hawkeye Spirit

As the title implies, we are looking for photos in this category that depict you or another international student showing off your love of the University of Iowa. All photos in this category must include at least one UI international student.

CATEGORY 2: Exploring local cultures and traditions

What local cultures and traditions have you experienced since coming to Iowa? Feel free to get creative with this category as you show us how you’ve interacted with new cultural traditions in the United States.

NOTE: 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. No panoramic photos will be accepted.

Prize amounts:

Overall grand prize: $150
First prize, Show us your Hawkeye Spirit: $100
First prize, Exploring local cultures and traditions: $100

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 ip-communications@uiowa.edu. Prizes are awarded via the student’s UBill. 

International Education Week 2016 Photo Contest Semifinalists

IEW 2016 Photo Contest Semifinalists