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Global Photo Winners Unveiled

During the Center for Global Education’s Global Visions Photo Contest, attendees were transported to cities, vistas and landmarks around the world through photography. The virtual event included remarks by Associate Dean of Global Education Thomas D’Agostino, student presentations and live voting. Watch here.

An annual tradition at the Colleges, the Global Visions Photo Contest was designed to give students space to showcase their unique travel experiences. As many people are confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, CGE Pre-Departure and Re-Entry Programming Coordinator Jennifer O’Neil, who hosted the event, believes the evening had a renewed purpose.

“It is my hope that the beautiful photography is able to transport us to an amazing world that is out there waiting for us when we’re able to travel and take photos again,” she says.

Winners were selected in five categories, including: architecture, black and white, landscape, portrait and street photography. Live voting during the event determined the winner of the people’s choice category. The winners are: Architecture: Peggy Wagner ’21, Black and White: Brandon Harding ’20, Landscape: Ali Turner ’20 and Nicholas Stone ’21, Portrait: Elise Donovan ’22, Street Photography: Chad Kilvert ’20 and People’s Choice: Samantha Buckenmaier ’20.


This gallery ran as a special edition of This Week in Photos on May 1, 2020.

Students also dropped in to the Zoom session to share their study abroad experiences through stories, videos, images, dance and song, including: Camille McGriff ’22, Molly Powers ’21, Ani Freedman ’22, Lindsey Lesniak ’21, Sami Foulk ’22 and former CGE staff member Jordan Lorez ’17.

“In these challenging times, now more than ever, the Center for Global Education hopes that the Global Visions Photo Contest virtual event connects the HWS community in our continued commitment to international education and global citizenship,” O’Neil says.

The above photograph taken by Ali Turner ’20 tied for first place in the “Landscape” category. The photograph is of Mu Chang Chai in Northern Vietnam.