Welcome to the 2023 Isabella Cannon Global Education Center Photo Contest.


We welcome submissions from ALL terms and experiences. We look forward to seeing your images captured during Study Away.

Do you have compelling photos or videos from your Study Abroad, Study USA, international student study, or other global experience? Ready to win a flight voucher or other prizes? Submit an entry to the Global Photo Contest!


  • Submit photos: March 6 – March 23
  • Voting: March 27 – April 2 (on @ElonGlobal Instagram)
  • Winner announced during Study Away Fair on April 5

Please read the official rules and submission guidelines below before submitting your entry.

Submitting a Photo

To enter, please click the title of each category and complete the linked form (coming soon). For each submission, you’ll include: 

  • Your name
  • Your class year or status at Elon
  • Submission location
  • Program name (if applicable)
  • A brief description or caption

You may submit ONE entry (your best one) to EACH category for which you qualify.

Contest Categories

You may notice that we have simplified our categories. Please submit only one photo to any category. If you feel a photo could belong in multiple categories, use your best judgement to select the one that most closely matches.

By Theme:

Current Elon students and Elon faculty and staff (current and emeritx) may submit to theme categories. Maximum one submission per category.  

Favorite Day – Photos that reflect a day you will always remember from your study away program.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – photos that disrupt stereotypes in global education. This could be showcasing study abroad or Study USA participation by historically minoritized populations, or uprooting stereotypes, or otherwise challenging damaging myths (e.g. white savior complex, appropriation, etc.).

Striking Scenes – photos that make you pause and consider the wonder of the world. From a sweeping landscape to a bustling street – moments that made you stop in your tracks just to be where you are.

By Participant:

Only those that fit the participant description should submit to these categories. Maximum one submission per eligible category.

International Community – entries from those having their international experience right here at Elon, or attending Elon from their home country. The international community at Elon is vibrant and dynamic, including students from over 45 different countries studying in the U.S. on a student visa, Americans and dual citizens that have significant lived experience abroad, those that have chosen to become permanent residents of the U.S., and others. Submit a photo of your international experience at Elon or from your home outside of the U.S.

Faculty and Staff – entries from Elon faculty and staff (current and emeritx) showcasing global learning. From leading a short-term program or serving as faculty in residence at an Elon Center, to participating on the staff advisory council global engagement program, to mentoring independent research or service globally – we know global learning takes many shapes at Elon, and we want to celebrate all the ways faculty and staff help make this happen.

All photos will automatically be nominated for the Global Education Center (GEC) Staff’s Choice award. For more information on this, please see the ‘Voting & Winning’ section.

Photo Submission Guidelines

  1. Submissions are limited to one entry per category.
  2. The contest accepts submissions from all over the world — both abroad and within the United States.
  3. Submissions do NOT need to be from the past year.
  4. 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 (except for the Study USA participant category, which must be taken on a Study USA program).
  5. GEC staff reserve the right to accept and reject photos as they see fit.
  6. Submissions deemed inappropriate or not reflective of the Global Education Center’s values will not be allowed to enter the contest. If you have any questions about whether your photo is appropriate, please email global@elon.edu. Examples of inappropriate submissions include but are not limited to photos depicting dangerous behavior, the use of drugs, inappropriate use of alcohol, or content that is culturally disrespectful or dishonest. Keep in mind that once content is posted, it is no longer in your hands. Ensure that you are conscientious in writing your entry description and that they do not perpetuate harmful narratives (i.e. white savior complex, appropriation, etc.).
  7. You must have the right to distribute and take credit for photos you submit, including permission by those photographed.
  8. By submitting to the contest you agree that Elon University can use your photo or video for promotional or educational purposes, such as on brochures, in orientation handbooks, on social media, and elsewhere.
  9. Contestants may encourage voting on social media within reason. Contestants that are determined to promote to the point of harassment will be removed from the contest.
  10. By submitting a photo you agree to be bound to the preceding guidelines.

Voting and Prizes

Win a PHOTO CATEGORY vote count on Instagram

  • Submissions will be posted to Elon Global Instagram feed @ElonGlobal Instagram on March 27.
  • GEC will select the top 3 photos per category.
  • GEC will email the semi-finalists to notify them that their photo will be posted on Instagram for general voting.
  • Votes can be cast starting March 27 until 11:59 p.m., Sunday, April 2.
  • To vote, simply react to (e.g. like, comment or tag) a submission. Each unique user will be counted only once, even if submitting multiple comments. Reactions must be to the original photo — not a shared post.
  • One person may vote for as many submissions as they like. Each user will be counted only once per photo.
  • Category winners will receive a $25 gift card to their choice of The Oak House, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
  • The post with most likes will be our overall winner. The submission in that category with the second-highest votes becomes that category winner. The overall winner receives a flight voucher valued at $350.

Win GEC STAFF PICK by GEC nomination and vote.

All submissions are evaluated by the GEC Staff to select the photo that tells the most compelling story from the perspective of experiential and international educators.

The GEC STAFF PICK winner wins a $50 gift card to Oak House, Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

Win PRESIDENT'S PICK by President Connie Ledoux Book's selection.

President Book will select from GEC-nominated photos the photo that best captures the Elon experience.

President’s Pick wins a $50 gift card to Oak House, Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

Previous Winners

2020 Winners

2019 Winners


2018 Winners and Oak House Gallery

2017 Winners


2016 Winners


2015 Winners