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Ashlynne Ray's photo, "Berber Path," was chosen as the winner of the 2016  SDSU International Photo Contest. Ashlynne Ray's photo, "Berber Path," was chosen as the winner of the 2016 SDSU International Photo Contest.
 


International Photo Contest Winners Announced

Six honorees were chosen from the 109 photos submitted by SDSU students studying abroad.
By Michael Klitzing
 

The winners of the 2016 SDSU International Photo Contest were announced on Thursday, Oct. 6.

The contest received 109 submissions from students who participated in international experiences through San Diego State University’s International Student Center. The contest, which featured 32 photos, was put on by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, Office of New Student and Parent Programs, and Be International.

First-, second- and third-place winners, as well as the two honorable mentions were chosen by a committee of faculty and staff judges, while the People’s Choice award was selected through online voting on the Be International blog.

“My favorite part of the contest is that all SDSU students and their families get to learn about different parts of the world that they may have never visited themselves,” said Chris Kjonaas, associate director of international engagement for the SDSU Division of Undergraduate Studies. “We hope that the images and narratives from other students not only get them excited to study abroad, but also motivate them to choose destinations beyond the most familiar and popular.”

The theme of this year’s contest was experience movement, which called for capturing images within everyday life in the students’ host culture.

The top 40 photos will be displayed in a gallery on Centennial Walkway during Family Weekend.

First Place: "Berber Path" by Ashlynne Ray

Berber Path
Berber Path

Major and Program:
Marketing major on SDSU Exchange in France - Summer 2016

Location: Sahara, Morocco

Narrative: This photograph captures movement from foreign to familiar as two Berbers leave the camel-backed, wide-eyed travelers to climb the sand dune and disappear to their home camp in the Sahara.

Second Place: "Don't Blink" by Avery Durko

Don’t Blink
Don’t Blink

Major and Program:
Marketing major on Partner Institution Program in Italy - Summer 2016

Location:
Capri, Italy

Narrative:
In a world of constant change, all we can do is savor a moment. On a speeding boat ride through the Amalfi Coast, with waves crashing below me and clouds swirling above me, I was able to capture this moment in time, and relive this experience over and over.

Third Place: "Reflected Movement" by Ashley Kahen

Reflected Movement
Reflected Movement

Major and Program:
Sociology major on SDSU Exchange in Singapore - Spring 2016

Location:
Tokyo, Japan

Narrative:
Being a part of the movement in Tokyo’s daily hustle and bustle was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my time abroad in Asia. This photo encompasses Tokyo’s fast-paced lifestyle while exhibiting its mesmerizing modern architecture.

Honorable Mention: "Recess" by Sierra Gunberg

Recess
Recess

Major and Program:
English single subject teaching major on SDSU Faculty-Led Program in Guatemala - Spring Break 2016

Location: Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Narrative: This photo attempts to capture the unadulterated bliss (and chaos) that was the recess break in the school I volunteered for in Guatemala. The center child is relishing in some of the toys we brought for the students to enjoy.

Honorable Mention: "Night Fountains" by Jamie Darling

Night Fountains
Night Fountains

Major and Program:
Speech language hearing sciences major on SDSU Faculty-Led Program in China - Summer 2016

Location: Dengkou, China

Narrative: This photo was taken on my last night in the city of Dengkou and holds a lot of meaning to me because that night we said goodbye to our students. The fountain has no barrier so children can run freely through it.

People's Choice: "Tower Bridge" by Hayley O'Driscoll

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge

Major and Program:
Business administration major on SDSU Exchange in England - Spring 2016

Location: London, United Kingdom

Narrative: Tower Bridge, one of London’s most famous landmarks, lifts open to allow ships to pass by multiple times each day. Here, the bridge is currently opening for a vessel to pass through upstream. Traffic on the bridge comes to a standstill as the bridge opens and the vessel moves through.