Photo Contest

What's it like to study abroad? See for yourself through eyes (and cameras) of IUPUI students.

Each year, the Study Abroad Office holds an annual Photo Contest to showcase students experiences on our programs. Photographs should reflect the study abroad experience, not simply traveling. Connections back to your academic program that establish meaningful relations with your photos are especially important. 

You can submit up to 2 photos in each category, for a total of 10 photos. Only one video can be submitted per student. Please note that uploads should be a minimum of 900x720 megapixels and in jpg, gif, or png files.

In order to protect their right to privacy, please do not submit photos of children. Due to the ethical and legal concerns about taking and publishing photos of children, IUPUI Study Abroad will not consider submissions featuring children. 

Have you thought about the ethics of photography?

Photos entered into this contest will become our property once submitted. Images may be used for public view, but could also be shared with the community where the photo was taken. As a global citizen, it is your responsibility to consider whether your photo is respectful to its subject. Before you submit a photo, think about the following:

  • Does your photo feature children? If so, did you get consent from the child’s parent or guardian to take, share, and/or post the photo online? Think about how you would feel if a stranger from abroad was taking and sharing photos of your child without your knowledge or consent.
  • Have you considered the legality of photographing children? (In some countries, posting photos of children online is illegal.)
  • If applicable, did the person/people in your photo give consent to be photographed? Are they aware that you are submitting a photo of them to a photo contest?
  • Is the photo respectful to the host country?
  • Did you reflect on how others would view and interpret your photo? Would anyone find the photo offensive in any way? 

Please avoid submitting photos that stereotype, exploit, disrespect, or make false generalizations about the host country, its people, and/or its culture. 


Category Descriptions

  • IUPUI Students Abroad

    Photos depicting you or fellow students in a favorite experience abroad. How are you or fellow students interacting with the local culture? Think outside of students standing in front of a monument!

  • Most Picturesque

    Photos depicting beautiful international settings. Show us the sights, natural wonders, thrilling architecture, and unique character of your destinations.
  • Powerful Moments

    Photos depicting something abroad which caused you to think more deeply about your international experience or provided you with insight into your host country, home country or the world. Everyone has that moment abroad when they stop and realize that the study abroad experience truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Were you able to capture that moment?

  • Cultural Adventure

    Photos which illustrate aspects or local activity of the host country culture. 
  • Jaguar Pride

    Photos of you and/or other students abroad with your IUPUI swag. Show us how you represent IUPUI abroad in clothes, flags, hats, stuffed animals etc. with your school/campus logo... be creative!
  • Video Short

    In a short video, mini-documentary, or media collage (less than 5 minutes), show us a distillation or highlight of your study abroad experience. Only one submission allowed. See potential examples on our video page. 
Enhancing Photos

You are welcome to make digital enhancements to your photos (ex. cropping, color balance, brightness/contrast, red eye elimination, grayscale, slight focus adjustments, etc.). To preserve the integrity of the photo contest, edits that change the photo itself (ex. Adding/removing/moving aspects of the photo, drastic color changes, filters, dramatic focus adjustments, etc.) are not acceptable. If you are unsure whether an adjustment is acceptable or not, please check with the Study Abroad Office (