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Rice Study Abroad Photography Contest 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photographs Rice students bring back from studying abroad speak volumes about their transformative experiences. We invite study abroad returnees to share their experiences abroad with the Rice community and join in this special event!

Rice Study Abroad Photo Contest Guidelines

The Rice Study Abroad Photo Contest is organized around our learning outcomes for study abroad. Because studying abroad goes beyond the tourist experience, and involves an understanding of the country and integration into the culture, we look for photos that demonstrate these aspects of the experience abroad. Entrants must submit a short explanation of how the photo illustrates this understanding and captures something very special and unique about the location, the people, or the culture of the region.

The top photos will be displayed at the Photo Contest Exhibit and then for a month at Rice Coffeehouse and highlighted on our website and in campus publications. Winners receive copies of their photographs.


Rice University undergraduate students who have studied abroad on a Rice-approved program in 2017 (Academic Year 2016-2017, Spring 2017, Summer 2017, and Fall 2017) may submit up to five entries (one per category) by the photo submission deadline: 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018. Please submit photos in a high-resolution digital format (see the “Eligibility and Photo Quality” section below for details). Please submit your digital images using this Photo Contest Entry Form.


Photos can be submitted in the following five categories:

  • People
  • Nature
  • Place
  • Everyday Life
  • Culture, Customs, Traditions

Eligibility and Photo Quality

Photographs must be in digital format. All digital files must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).

Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are NOT acceptable. Any changes to the original photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the photograph ineligible for a prize.


  • Best in Show
  • First Prize in each category
  • Honorable Mention in each category
  • People’s Choice

Selection Process

A panel of faculty, staff and students will judge all submissions. The photograph with the most votes during the one-month exhibition will be awarded the People's Choice Prize.


The opening reception, during which the photo contest winners will be announced, will be held on February 16th, 2018 from 2 to 4pm in front of Coffeehouse. The winning photographs will continue to be exhibited for a month.