The Rice Study Abroad Photo Contest is organized around students' learning outcomes for study abroad. The exhibit aims to showcase photos that demonstrate an understanding of the country and integration into its culture beyond that which a casual traveler attains. Entrants must submit a short explanation of how the photo illustrates this understanding and captures something unique to the location, the people, or the culture of the region.
The top photos will be displayed at in exhibition in the Ley Student Center in front of Rice Coffeehouse and highlighted on our website and in campus publications. Winners will receive copies of their photographs.
Eligiblity and submission
Rice undergraduate students who participated in a Rice-approved study abroad program in the previous year are eligible to enter the contest. Instructions on when and where to submit entries will be released closer to the date of the exhibition.
Photos must be submitted in JPEG/JPG format, and must be at least 1600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1600 pixels tall (if vertical). Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping; photos altered in any other way will not be eligible for consideration. High dynamic range (HDR) images and stitched panoramas will not be accepted.
The five categories are People, Nature, Place, Everyday Life, and Culture, Customs, Traditions. Students may submit one photo per category for any or all categories.
The following prizes will be awarded: Best in Show, First Prize and Honorable Mention in each category, and People's Choice.
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 will be held in the Ley Student Center in front of Rice Coffeehouse, during which the photo contest prize winners will be announced. The winning photo will continue to be on display for a month.