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EACH YEAR, the Office of Global Studies sponsors a Study Abroad Photo Contest and the entries that pour in always elicit a smile from its director, Raine de Campeau.
“The contest gives us an opportunity to see the lens, literally and figuratively, through which our students are seeing and experiencing global cultures and communities,” she says. “We ask them to include an image along with a description, which encourages them to reflect on their experience and articulate how it is meaningful for them. We travel along with them if just for a brief glimpse.”
New this year was a pre-departure orientation by Todd Deutsch, associate professor of photography. More than 100 study abroad students received tips ranging from what to photograph to how to seek permission from a person who speaks another language. For his tips, see the sidebar.
NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED
CONTEST YEARS (or number of years since the contest began)
Learn more about the Office of Global Studies office at St. Kate's.
Each year, more than 200 St. Kate's students study abroad. The University offers more than 150 short-term, semester- and year-long programs in more than 50 countries.
See all the winning photos.
ONLINE EXTRA: Todd’s photo tips
Want a great photo?
Here are tips, edited from associate professor Todd Deutsch’s “Ethical Travel Photography and Photo Contest” presentation in December.
Your decision about what not to show is as important, or more important, than what you decide to show.
Use your feet.
The first image is the most familiar. Move around to find something curious, different and interesting.
Use amazing light.
Get up early or go out late, assuming it’s safe to do so. Seeing a space at a different time of day expands your understanding of it.
It’s ethical, and legal in some places, when your primary subject is a person. Just ask: Can I take your photo? Or point at your camera up and smile.
Final note: Be aware of how people respond when you ask permission. In some cultures, saying no is considered rude.
“So, always err on the side of being overly sensitive,” Deutsch says. “If you approach your subjects with genuine curiosity and openness, the photographs will follow.”