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Annual Photo Contest

Each fall, Columbia University Office of Global Programs & Fellowships hosts a photo contest for students that have participated in a study abroad or fellowship experience. 

The categories for the contest are below:

Lions Abroad: Photograph of you and/or other students participating in a study abroad or fellowship experience*
Landscapes – Natural or Urban: Photograph that showcases the sights and sounds of a location
Cultures, Customs & Traditions: Photograph that captures a cross-cultural interaction, celebration, ritual or other activity
Selfie Shot: Photograph of you in a selfie format
Free for All: Have a photo that you love that just doesn’t fit in one of the categories above? If so, submit here. 

Photos submitted for each category above are welcome (and encouraged) to have students included in any shots, not just the Lions Abroad and Selfie Shot categories. 

*All students (CU & Non-CU) that meet the eligibility requirements below can participate in this category. 

Short descriptions are optional for each photo submission.

Eligibility: Students must be a student in Columbia College, General Studies or Columbia Engineering (SEAS) and have studied abroad in a credit-granting study abroad program during the preceding academic year.  Non-Columbia students or graduate students who attended a Columbia-run program during the proceeding academic year are also eligible.  MAXIMUM  - five photos per student. ONE per category. Larger submissions will be disqualified.

Submit your photo HERE!

All photos should be submitted as jpgs and should be files large enough to be printed at 11X17, which means the photo should ideally have pixel dimensions of 2640x4080. 

A Grand Prize Winner and category winners will be announced several weeks following the contest deadline!  Prizes will then be distributed.

All photos should be titled: Country_City_Program_Term_Student Last Name, First Name_Home School ’Class Year_Title/Description (Submission Category).jpg
For example: Spain_Sevilla_JYS Seville_Spring 2017_Smith, Joe_CC ‘19_Plaza de Espana (Landscapes – Natural or Urban).jpg

Submit your photo(s) to:


Deadline for photo submission is: September 1, 2017.

By submitting a photo, you retain the rights to your works while granting Columbia University the right to reproduce and display the works (in whole or in part) without further notification.