Study Abroad Photo Contest

Study Abroad Photo Contest

Send us your best snapshots from your study abroad, domestic study away, or international internship to enter into UW-Madison’s Study Abroad Photo Contest!


  1. Submit your best photos in our photo categories online by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, October 1, 2023.
  2. Win up to a $50 gift certificate and study abroad swag! Winners will be announced on Friday, November 10.
  3. View all winners and runners-up at our gallery starting during International Education Week (November 13-29)!

To submit your photos, click the button below and navigate to the “Share My Experience” tab.

Submit Photos

2023 Photo Categories

Submit up to five (5) photos in each of the following categories:

  • Live like a Local

    Highlight your home away from home! Share how you connected with the culture you were living in – whether through new friends and host families, experiencing food and cultural traditions, or discovering your very own corner of town! Here are some ideas to get you started:

    • Favorite Spots in Town
    • Homestays & Housing
    • Friendships Abroad
    • Food
    • Cultural Traditions & Holidays
  • Badgers Abroad

    From wearing Badger red to flashing “finger W’s” – we want to see how you’re showing off your UW spirit wherever you are in the world!

  • Global Classroom

    Your classroom abroad may have look different than studying here at UW.  Show us what classes and campus life look like on your program! Here’s some options to consider:

    • Fieldwork
    • Research Labs or Projects
    • Internship Sites
    • Campus Events & Buildings
    • Student Organizations
  • Postcard Perfect

    Have a postcard quality photo from your time abroad that doesn’t fit into any of these categories? Enter it here and share why it’s meaningful to your experience abroad!

To submit your photos, click the button below and navigate to the “Share My Experience” tab.

Submit Photos


Who can enter?

  • UW-Madison students who have or are currently participating in a UW-Madison study abroad, domestic study away, or international internship  program.

What photos can be submitted?

  • Photos taken during your program experience.
  • Photos taken by you (the person submitting the photo).

How do I submit photos?

  • Submit your photos through your MyStudyAbroad account. Select the “Share My Experience” tile and click the link under the “Submit Photos and Videos” section.To add a photo:
    1. Click the “Add Photo” button and upload your .jpg, .png, or .heic file.
    2. Add a photo caption in the “Photo description (caption)” field.
    3. Select the submission type “Photo Contest”.
    4. Input the location and date (month, year) the photo was taken.
    5. Submit to enter!

Submission Guidelines

  • Eligible participants may submit up to five (5) photos per category.
  • Images must be at least 1 MB in size with dpi 300 or higher.
  • Photos must be in their original digital file (no Facebook photos).
  • Entries must be submitted online using your MyStudyAbroad portal.
  • Each submission must include the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your contact information
    • Your study abroad program name and year of study
    • Photo title
    • The location the photo was taken in
    • If there are multiple students in the photo, please include their names
    • A brief description (30-120 words)
  • Photos may not be digitally altered beyond basic color correction.
  • Photos can be color or black & white.
  • Photo file types accepted are .JPEG, .PNG, or .HEIC.
  • Filenames must be formatted accordingly:

    • Please do not use special/extended characters

Submit Photos


Entries will be judged based on how they capture the category description, as well as their artistic expression, creativity, originality, image quality and photo caption description.Our panel of judges will review the photos and choose a winner and two runners-up for each category. Winners will be announced Friday, November 10, 2023, and will be honored in a photo gallery starting during International Education Week from November 13-30, 2023.

Cultural Sensitivity

Photography is a useful tool to help convey an experience or a memory, but it is important to recognize the power photos can have and to share them ethically. Photos must be culturally appropriate and sensitive.

  • Please avoid submitting images that
    • Stereotype
    • Exploit
    • Disrespect
    • Make false generalizations
    • Lead to inaccuracy or misrepresentations of the host country, people, or setting.
  • When submitting photos of people, think less like a tourist and more like a local who is communicating what it is like to experience day-to-day events and activities.

Terms and Conditions

By entering the contest, you are giving IAP permission to use your photo(s) and other information/comments submitted in various marketing activities, publications and/or the web for the purpose of promoting study abroad at UW-Madison. All photos, not just winning photos, may be used by IAP for the purposes noted above.

Past Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners

Winners from Fall 2019

Winners from 2019

Winners from 2018

Winners from 2017

Winners from 2016

Winners from 2015

Winners from 2014