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2020 Study Abroad Photo Contest Details

The Center for Global Education is excited to announce our Study Abroad 2020 Calendar Photo Contest. The purpose of this contest is to share the importance and impact of global education while highlighting our incredible study abroad alumni and their experiences abroad. Since 2020 has been such a unique year for all of us we have revamped our contest with new categories, new judges, and new regulations.

Submissions are now open! The deadline to submit is August 31, 2020!

Submissions are open from July 13 to August 31, 2020.

Voting will take place from September 7 to October 5, 2020.

Any photo submitted must fulfill all of the following requirements: 

  • The photo must have been taken during the Fall 2019 (including Winter 2019 programs) or Spring 2020 semester.  

  • The photo must have been taken by a UTC student. 

  • The student submitting the photo must be the one who took it. 

  • The photo must have been taken on a UTC study abroad trip. Provider trips, exchange programs, and faculty led trips qualify. Both internships and academic programs qualify. 

Photos do not have to only be of the country your program was based in. For example, if you studied abroad in Mexico but visited Belize during your stay, you may submit a photo taken in either country.  

However, we cannot accept photos taken on a trip unrelated to UTC study abroad. For example, if you vacationed to Iceland on your own, independent of UTC, you may not submit a photo from that trip. 

Submissions should be of high quality and high resolution. 

Acceptable file types include jpegpng, and tiff

Please include your first and last name in the file name, e.g. ScrappyMocStudyAbroad.jpeg. 

We strongly discourage using any photo manipulation software filters that change the image colors past their original natural limits, e.g. Instagram or VSCO color grading presets. 

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

Individual students may submit up to one photo per category, resulting in a maximum of four total submissions. 

  • Perception: A photo that reflects an “A-ha” moment or special realization you had as a result of your study abroad experience. 
  • Humanity: A photo that showcases a positive social encounter or an opportunity you had to serve others. 
  • Diversity: A photo that displays a diverse experience you had, e.g. something outside your typical expectations or perceptions of others. 
  • Perseverance: A photo illustrating a difficulty you had to overcome. 

Along with your photo submission, you must include a written description.

This description will provide additional context and background information to help viewers understand your message. This is also as an opportunity to justify your photo’s inclusion in the category to which you are submitting. The submission description may take many different forms — such as a short essay, poem, or vignette — and may be as descriptive or abstract as you want.

Submit here! Submissions close on August 31, 2020.

This year, voting will take place through an online survey. The goal of this new format is to facilitate equal voting access and anonymity, ensuring a completely level playing field for all participants. Voting will take place from September 7 to October 5, 2020.

What to expect from the voting process: 

  • The survey will include a link to view all submissions in a UTC Global Flickr album. Submissions will be randomly numbered and organized by category. Each photo will also be accompanied by its submission description. 
  • The survey will include a variety of voting classifications, such as "Best in Category" or "Best Overall."
  • You will also be asked to submit your UTC ID, if you have one; your first and last names; your UTC status, i.e. whether you are a student, faculty member, staff member, or community member; and the email address at which you prefer to receive your submission confirmation.

This year, the final award categories will differ from previous contest formats. In total, nine awards will be granted. For the first time, we will present a variety of awards based on the submission categories and survey resultsAdditionally, special awards will be granted independent of the survey results. The awards are as follows: 

  • Best OverallThe photo with the most overall votes from the survey results. 
  • Best in Category (based on survey voting results): Perception, Humanity, Diversity, and Perseverance.  
  • Students’ ChoiceThe photo which receives the most  student votes. 
  • Staff Pick: The photo which receives the most staff votes. 
  • Faculty Pick: The photo which receives the most faculty votes. 
  • Chancellor’s Award: The photo which receives the most administrator votes.

Finalist submissions will be highlighted in our 2021 calendar, featured on our website and social media pages, and displayed in our office.

Finalists will also receive a variety of CGE swag!

Please note: Each submission may only receive an award in one category. For example, if a submission is up for two or more award categories, it will be awarded in the category for which it received the most overall votes relative to other submissions. 

All photo submissions will become the property of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University’s Center for Global Education, both of which will enjoy full rights to display and circulate the photo, with or without photographer attribution. Submitting a photograph to this contest indicates that you understand these terms and conditions and agree to grant these rights to the aforementioned parties.

You can contact CGE Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator Amy Devan at