Study Abroad

Global Photo Contest

Sponsored by CIEE & the Elon African Society

Do you have great pictures from your Study Abroad, Study USA or other global experience?  Do you want to win cool prizes?  Submit an entry to the Global Photo Contest!  

Submissions will be accepted from Monday, March 30 until 5 PM on Friday, April 10. Voting will be open from 9 AM on Monday, April 13 until 5 PM on Friday, April 17.  Please read the official rules and submission guidelines below before submitting your entry.

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Submitting a Photo

Photos will be divided into four categories:

  • Striking Scenes: Natural landscapes or urban scenes.
  • Global Community: Elon students engaging with an the people or culture of the local community.
  • Farm to Fork:  Some aspect of food and drink culture including but not limited to growing, producing, selling, or consuming.
  • Faculty & Staff:  Photos by Elon faculty or staff that fit any of the above categories.

All photos submitted by students will automatically be nominated for the Elon African Society (EAS) Photo Contest (if taken in Africa) and the Global Education Center (GEC) Staff's Choice award.  For more information on these two opportunities, please see the 'Voting & Winning' section.

When submitting a photo, please be sure to include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your class year (if student) or job title (if faculty/staff)
  • Location of photo (city/country)
  • Preferred category (Striking Scenes, Global Community, Farm to Fork, Faculty/Staff)
  • A brief description or caption (25 words or less)
  • Airline on which you prefer your gift card in the event you are the overall winner (not applicable to faculty/staff)

Please note that submissions lacking the preceding information will not be included in the contest.

To enter, please e-mail a high-resolution photo, in .jpg or .png format, to along with the preceding information.

Submissions will not be accepted after 5 PM on Friday, April 10.

Photo Submission Guidelines

  1. Submissions are limited to one per person per category.  In other words, you may submit one photo for 'Striking Scenes' and one photo for 'Farm to Fork', but not two for ' Striking Scenes'.
  2. The contest accepts photos taken both abroad and in the U.S.
  3. The photo contest will be open to all Elon students, faculty, and staff.  Global Education Center (GEC) staff are not eligible to win but are still encouraged to submit photos.
  4. Please use good judgement when submitting photos.  Successful photos will show compelling scenes, encounters with difference, and engaged learning regardless of location.  It is not necessary for the photo to have been taken on an Elon-affiliated Study Abroad or Study USA experience; submissions from personal experiences abroad and in the U.S. are welcome.  However, there must be something compelling about the photo.  For instance, Australians celebrating Australia Day at the beach is compelling; friends relaxing at the beach over spring break is not.  GEC Staff reserve the right to accept and reject photos as necessary. 
  5. Submissions deemed inappropriate will not be allowed to enter the contest.  If you have any questions about whether your photo is appropriate, please contact the GEC by calling 336-278-6700 or e-mailing  Examples of inappropriate submissions include but are not limited to photos depicting dangerous behavior, the use of drugs, or excessive use of alcohol.
  6. You must have the right to distribute and take credit for photos you submit.
  7. GEC staff will make the final determination on photo category.
  8. By submitting a photo to the contest you agree that the GEC can post the photo on Facebook and use the photo in promotional materials or for other purposes.
  9. By submitting a photo you agree to be bound to the preceding guidlines.

Voting & Winning

  1. Voting will be open from 9 AM on Monday, April 13 until 5 PM on Friday, April 17.
  2. Voting will take place through the Global Education Center Facebook page (
  3. To vote, simply 'like' the photo.
  4. One person may vote for as many photos as they like, but may not vote for a photo more than once.
  5. The photo in each category that receives the most 'likes' will be the category winner; the student-submitted photo with the most votes will be the overall winner.  Faculty and staff submissions are not eligible for the title of overall winner.
  6. Winners will be notified via e-mail and announced on the GEC website.

Elon African Society (EAS) Photo Contest

Photos submitted to the Global Photo Contest that were taken in Africa will automatically be nominated for the Elon African Society Photo Contest.  The membership of the organization will pick a three finalists from each category to be entered into the EAS photo contest.  Voting for the EAS Photo Contest will take place on the EAS Facebook page (

For more information, contact the Elon African Society at

Global Education Center Staff's Choice

Upon the conclusion of the contest, the GEC staff will choose a favorite from among the photos that did not win in their categories.


  • Overall Winner: $250 gift card on the airline of your choice courtesy of CIEE.
  • Category Winner 1: TBD
  • Category Winner 2: TBD
  • Faculty/Staff Winner: TBD
  • GEC Staff's Choice Winner: TBD
  • Elon African Society Contest Winner: TBD