Study Abroad Photo Contest

Send us your best snapshots from abroad and take part in UW-Madison’s Study Abroad Photo Contest!


  1. Submit your best photos in our photo categories online by midnight on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
  2. Vote for your favorite finalist photos posted to our Facebook page between October 28-November 3.
  3. Win a framed print, SWAG, and be showcased on campus and in study abroad print and digital media!

2019 Photo Categories

Submit up to three (3) 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!



Who can enter?

  • UW-Madison students who have or are currently studying abroad or away on a UW-Madison approved program (including those on an International Internship Program).

What photos can be submitted?

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

Submission Guidelines

  • Eligible participants may submit up to three (3) 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.
  • 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 or .PNG
  • Filenames must be formatted accordingly:

    • Please do not use special/extended characters


Entries will undergo an initial review 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 three finalists in each category, which will be posted to the IAP Facebook page for final voting. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photos will be determined based on the number of reactions (likes, loves, laughs, and wow’s) that each photo receives on Facebook between October 28-November 3, 2019, so be sure to share with friends, family, and classmates! Winners will be announced the week of November 3, 2019.

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.
  • For more background information on this subject, please see the following links:

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