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Photo Contest


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 SDSU International Photo Contest, presented by the Division of Undergraduate StudiesOffice of New Student and Parent Programs, and Be International. After students submitted more than 100 photos from their international experiences, we narrowed the field down to six honorees. First-, second- and third-place winners, as well as two honorable mentions were chosen by a committee of faculty and staff judges while the People’s Chose award was selected through online voting on the Be International blog.

This year’s theme was: 

Experience Movement: Images capturing movement within everyday life of your host culture, in work, play, ceremony, and surroundings; either subtle or dynamic. 

Thank you to all who participated. And now, winning photos and narratives:



First Place: Berber Path

Sahara, Morocco

By: Ashlynne Ray, Marketing Major on SDSU Exchange in France: Summer 2016

Sahara, Morocco 

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 

Capri, Italy 

Avery Durko, 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 

Tokyo, Japan 

Ashley Kahen, 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 

 Chichicastenango, Guatemala

By: Sierra Gunberg, 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 

 Dengkou, China

 Jamie Darling, SLHS Major on SDSU Faculty-Led Program in China: Summer 2016

Dengkou, China

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

London, UK 

By: Hayley O'Driscoll, 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.

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