City scape of somewhere in England

Study Abroad Photo Contest Details

The purpose of this contest is to share the importance and impact of Global Education, using photos that our very own UTC students have taken while studying abroad through UTC.

Submissions are closed, but you can still vote for your favorites on our Facebook and Instagram @UTCglobal!
See voting details below.

Submissions are open Monday, June 4th, 2018 – Friday, August 31st, 2018

Voting will take place Friday, September 14th, 2018 – Friday, October 12th, 2018

Any photo submitted must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Photo must have been taken by a UTC student.
  • The student submitting the photo must have been the one who took the photo.
  • Photo must have been taken while on a UTC study abroad trip (trips offered through providers, exchange, and faculty led trips qualify) (both internships and academic trips qualify).
  • Photo must have been during the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018 semester.

Photos do not have to only be of the country your program was based in. Ex: if you were studying in Mexico, but visited Belize while on your study abroad trip.

However, we cannot accept photos taken on a trip that was independent of UTC. Ex: if you took a vacation to Iceland on your own, independent of UTC.

Photos must be high quality and high resolution.

Acceptable file types: jpeg or tiff

Preferably no smaller than: 2700 pixels × 3600 pixels (9in x 12in at 300ppi).

Name your files like this: LastNameFirstName-SA-contest-2018-LocationofthePhoto-TheCategoryItIsIn.jpg (ex: SmithJane-SA-contest-2018-London-Nature.jpg).

Individual students may submit up to one photo per category.

  • Nature (landscapes, plants, wildlife)
  • Culture (food, people, festivals, activities, everyday life)
  • Architecture (buildings, structures, monuments, or places of interest)

The images must not contain any photo manipulation software filters that change the original colors of the scene past the original its natural limits (Ex: Instagram color grading presets).

Photographs containing alcohol, questionable content or illegal activities are not allowed and will not be considered.

Submit Here: 2018 Study Abroad Photo Contest.

You must submit each photo separately (up to one photo per category).

All finalists will receive prizes and recognition for their work.

Finalists' work will be displayed in an art exhibition here on UTC's campus.

After the initial selection process, all voting will take place on Facebook and Instagram @UTCglobal.

For your vote(s) to count, you must like/share the original photo that we will post on our Facebook page and Instagram page @UTCglobal.

Like the original photo(s) = 1 vote

Share the original photo(s) + tag us @UTCglobal = 1 vote

Check your settings
In the camera setting son your phone, make sure the image size is set to the highest quality option.

The same goes for any camera. (DSLR or point and shoot) Check the image size in the menu on your camera. Make sure it is set to RAW. If RAW is not an option on your camera, select the highest image quality option.

Cover all your bases
Take photos of the same scene from many different angles and positions. Get up on a chair or lay on the floor.

Find the light
“Good” or “bad” lighting is subjective. It all depends on what you do with it. Knowing if the light is harsh or soft and where it’s coming from can help you get the best shot possible.

Edit (but not unrealistically)
It’s not a bad idea to edit your photos in a program or app after you’ve taken it. The purpose of editing at its core is to bring out the photo’s true potential and reflect what you remember the scene actually looking like. Correcting the color temperature, dark shadows, or over exposed highlights is a great way to showcase a photo’s true essence and bring out the details that might have been lost in the shadows or highlights.

In the bellow example, the sky on the left is over exposed. To remedy this, the photographer edited the photo so that the details in the sky would show up better. They also bumped up the saturation just a little bit. This type of edit accurately shows what the original scene looked like.

photo of landscape with boat in forground, showing the before and after versions of editing.

(This photo is sourced from a editing tutorial by Chris Dale Photography)

YouTuber Peter McKinnon has tons of tutorials on how to take better photos.

You can also check out other YouTube tutorials on these tips, especially editing.

The UTC library Studio on the 3rd floor has PCs and iMacs with editing software that is free for you to use.

All submissions become the property of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University’s Center for Global Education which will enjoy full rights of display and circulation (with attribution to the photographer). Submitting a photograph means you understand the terms and conditions and have granted this right.