Photo Contest & Exhibit

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. This is your chance to visually share your study abroad journey with the Rice community.


  • #RiceOwlsAbroad - Photos that show your Rice Owl pride through wearing your Study Abroad T-shirt, Rice logo, or other demonstrations of school spirit while abroad
  • Postcard Perfect - Photos you think that are postcard quality and convey your unique study abroad experience. Photos might be of landmarks, landscapes, people, and nature
  • Culture and Tradition - Photos should provide a sense of the local culture, people, customs, and traditions
  • The Global Campus - Photos that show learning and academic experiences in an international context. For example, showcasing students in the classroom, during internship or research, and during course-related excursion
  • Everyday Life - Photos that illustrate a typical day abroad, like you daily commute, favorite study spot, local hangouts, etc. Share a “day-in-the-life” of a study abroad student.

All photos must be culturally appropriate and sensitive.

Eligibility and submission

Rice undergraduate students who participated in a Rice-approved study abroad program in the previous year are eligible to enter the contest.

Academic Year 18-19, Spring 19, Summer 19, and Fall 19 students are now invited to submit their photos to the 2020 Photo Contest.

Entering is simple - just use our Photo Contest Online Submission Form. The deadline for entries is Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM.


First Prize in each category: $30 Amazon gift card
Best in Show: $50 Amazon gift card

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 will be held in the Brochstein Pavilion, during which the photo contest prize winners will be announced. The winning photo will continue to be on display for a month in the Ley Student Center in front of Rice Coffeehouse and highlighted on our website and in campus publications. All winners will receive copies of their photographs.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please contact
View the winning photos from past years’ contests on Facebook.