While studying abroad in Seville, Spain in her sophomore year, Monika von Brauchitsch ’18 traveled to Chefchaouen, Morocco, where she captured a photo of a monk standing in a doorway. Later, von Brauchitsch shared the photo with friends, and won an award for it in the Study Abroad Photo Contest sponsored by the HWS Center for Global Education.
“The photo contest gave me an outlet where I could share my experience and stories with my peers,” von Brauchitsch says.
Now a programming assistant with the Center for Global Education, von Brauchitsch is working with co-coordinator Danielle Moyer ’18 and pre-departure and reentry programming coordinator Jennifer O’Neil to launch the contest. “I am ecstatic to provide other students with the opportunity to share their stories and photos with the HWS community, and believe this event is the perfect place to do so,” von Brauchitsch says.
HWS students who have studied internationally are invited to submit images to the Study Abroad Photo Contest. Winners will be announced at a gallery event on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The event will feature live performances, food and prizes for the winning photos.
Photos can be entered in any of the following categories:
- Architecture: photos of human-made structures of particular interest or historical value
- Black and white photos
- Landscape: photos that capture the beauty of the natural environment
- Portrait: photos of a person(s) met while abroad
- Street photography: photos that encapsulate the culture of local streets
- People’s choice: anything not covered in the categories above, such as images of animals, food, music or other elements of the study abroad experience.
Contestants must be a student at the Colleges and have studied abroad under the auspices of HWS; students who are currently abroad are not eligible to participate. Contestants may enter up to six photos in the contest, and must attend the gallery event on April 26 to win.
Photos should be submitted online at the contest submission page as high-resolution .jpeg files, accompanied by a short description including information on where the photo was taken. More than one photo can be submitted to the same category. All submissions must be received by Tuesday, April 10.
Judges for the contest are HWS Chief Photographer Kevin Colton, Associate Dean for Global Education Tom D’Agostino, Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Alysia Kaplan.
Von Brauchitsch says that all submissions will be considered for publication in The Aleph, A Journal of Global Perspectives, a joint project of the HWS and Union College Partnership for Global Education. The annual publication features poetry, prose, photography and art produced by study abroad students at the two institutions.
In 2017, The Princeton Review ranked Hobart and William Smith the No. 1 school for study abroad opportunities.