2024 Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners

The Rice Study Abroad Photography Contest is centered around students' learning outcomes for their time abroad. Each year, students who studied abroad during the previous calendar year are invited to enter. The contest aims to showcase photos that demonstrate an understanding of the country a student lived in, as well as integration into its culture beyond that which a casual traveler attains. This is a chance for our students to visually share their study abroad journey with the Rice community!

The winning photographs (first and second place from each category, plus Best in Show) will be on display for two months in the Ley Student Center in front of Rice Coffeehouse from March until graduation. The students who submitted these photos each receive a framed print of their photograph, with first place winners also receiving an Amazon gift card prize.

All photos must be culturally appropriate and sensitive.


Photos that showcase Rice Owl pride through wearing the Rice Study Abroad T-shirt, Rice logo, or other demonstrations of school spirit while abroad.

First place

From the Duomo di Firenze in Florence, Italy by Gail Oudekerk '24

Second place

Carnglaze Caverns in St. Neot, England by Mo Luna '24

Postcard Perfect

Photos that are postcard quality and convey the student’s unique study abroad experience. Photos might be of landmarks, landscapes, people, and/or nature.

First place

Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa by Ariah Richards '25

Second place

Copenhagen Canals in Copenhagen, Denmark by Jessica Huang '24

Culture and Tradition

Photos should provide a sense of the local culture, people, customs, and/or traditions.

First place

Royal Swedish Navy Band in Stockholm, Sweden by Chloe Lim '26

Second place

Minibus Misunderstanding in Sai Kung, Hong Kong by Alex Janssen '25

The Global Campus

Photos that showcase learning and academic experiences in an international context. For example, students in the classroom, during internship or research, or during course-related excursion.

First place

At the Household Arts Exhibition in Marseille, France by Chiro Ogbo '24

Second place

El choclo está listo in Pedro Moncayo, Ecuador by Jena Manning '24

Everyday Life

Photos that illustrate a typical day abroad. This may include daily commute, favorite study spot, local hangouts, etc. Share a “day-in-the-life” of a study abroad student.

First place

Tête à Tête in Paris, France by Langston Ford '25

Second place

The Little Train in Sus-Châtel, Switzerland by Samek Rangarajan '26

Best in Show

Photograph voted with the highest total points across all categories.

Antarctic Exploring in Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica by Sophia Figueroa '25