14th Annual "Imagining the World" Photo Competition

June 25, 2020

Imagining The World 2019-20

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to the formation of national and global citizens who are equipped to lead justly and humanely. We encourage our students to engage deeply with diverse cultures around the world through faculty-led programs abroad, language and international studies, partnerships around the globe, service learning, student and faculty exchanges, internships, and Xavier Global House. Arts and Sciences has led the university in its effort to develop an international focus.

The Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition highlights the College’s – and the University’s – participation in the global community. Demonstrating the Ignatian principles of self-reflection and discernment, our students and faculty capture more than a moment in their experiences—they share with us a very personal window into the world.

Our students, faculty, and staff who participate in the university’s study abroad program are encouraged to look beyond the surface during their time in different countries. Their images illustrate a truly authentic connection with the people and places visited.

International students attending Seattle U share their personal perspectives of Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and other parts of the United States. They reflect back images of the country in which the university resides, providing their interpretation of our “home.”

The photo entries come from all Seattle U schools and colleges, and include short essays from the photographers, providing the viewer more context and greater insight into their experiences.

Our Imagining The World exhibition is usually presented at the Kinsey Gallery on campus. With the restrictions on public gatherings, the exhibition is presented virtually this year.

Visit the exhibition

View and order the exhibition book, including the photographers' statements

Collage of award winning photosThe winners of this year’s competition:

Study Abroad Winners

First Place

Malia Nakamura

  • Senior, Marketing and Management
  • Program: European Union Study Tour
  • Photo Title: The Heart of Frankfurt
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Second Place

Nikolas Marsolini

  • Senior, Criminal Justice and Photography
  • Program: Photo in Paris
  • Photo Title: Street
  • Location: Paris, France

Third Place

Maeve Mugglebee

  • Sophomore, International Studies and Photography
  • Program: Portfolio in Paris
  • Photo Title: Passing
  • Location: Paris, France

International Student Winners

First Place

Marco Sunaryo

  • Home: Indonesia
  • Senior, BA in Business Administration, Marketing
  • Photo Title: CARMEET
  • Location: Redmond, WA

Second Place

Jaidev Vella

  • Home: India
  • Sophomore, BABA, Business Management
  • Photo Title: Hall of Fame
  • Location: Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

Third Place

Yibo Sheng

  • Home: China
  • Junior, Computer Science
  • Photo Title: Curious chipmunk
  • Location: Olympic National Park

Faculty Winner

Sean McDowell, PhD

  • Department: English and University Honors
  • Program: Writers' Workshop in Ireland
  • Photo Title: Dream Another World
  • Location: Dun Duchathair, Inis Mor, Ireland

Study Abroad Honorable Mentions

Emma Jensen

  • Sophomore, Premajor
  • Program: IES Rabat
  • Photo Title: The Book Seller
  • Location: Rabat, Morocco

Katie Hofius

  • Senior, Biology
  • Program: IES Study in Rabat, Morocco
  • Photo Title: The Spirituality of Gnawa Music
  • Location: Merzouga, Morocco

Emma Kelash

  • Sophomore, Film Studies and History
  • Program: IES Rabat
  • Photo Title: Silhouettes of the Sahara
  • Location: Moroccan Sahara, Morocco

Alexandra Sanchez

  • Graduate Student, Albers PMBA
  • Program: China Study Abroad Tour 2019
  • Photo Title: Back From the Future
  • Location: Mount Qingcheng, Sichuan, China

Hallie MacPherson

  • Senior, Photography and Spanish
  • Program: Portfolio in Paris
  • Photo Title: Châtelet
  • Location: Paris, France

Nikolas Marsolini

  • Senior, Criminal Justice and Photography
  • Program: Photo in Paris
  • Photo Title: Light Through the Bridge
  • Location: Paris, France

Oliver Tufte

  • Junior, Mathematics
  • Program: University of Glasgow
  • Photo Title: Old Man of Storr
  • Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland

Jaidev Vella

  • Sophomore, BABA, Business Management
  • Program: Photography Portfolio in Paris
  • Photo Title: Ethereal
  • Location: Jardins du château de Versailles, Versailles, France

Amelia Zeve

  • Junior, Film Studies & Communication and Media
  • Program: CEA Paris - Communication, Politics and Global Competence
  • Photo Title: The Pool - la piscine
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain

Jeff Dickson

  • Graduate Student, Professional MBA
  • Program: Study Abroad China 2019
  • Photo Title: Tianjin Library
  • Location: Tianjin, China

Maeve Mugglebee

  • Sophomore, International Studies and Photography
  • Program: Portfolio in Paris
  • Photo Title: Stories
  • Location: Paris, France

International Honorable Mentions

Raghad Ashoor

  • Home: Saudi Arabia
  • Senior, Civil Engineering
  • Photo Title: Lazy Cat
  • Location: Mercer Island, WA

Anna Iwasaki

  • Home: Japan
  • Senior, Strings Performance and Art History
  • Photo Title: Mid-day Stroll
  • Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Yibo Sheng

  • Home: China
  • Junior, Computer Science
  • Photo Title: A cozy snow day
  • Location: Seattle Capitol Hill

Marco Sunaryo

  • Home: Indonesia
  • Senior, BA in Business Administration, Marketing
  • Photo Title: 1957
  • Location: Madrona Park, Seattle, WA

Jaidev Vella

  • Home: India
  • Sophomore, BABA, Business Management
  • Photo Title: Mist and Dust
  • Location: Discovery Park, Seattle, WA

Jaidev Vella

  • Sophomore, BABA, Business Management
  • Photo Title: Hidden Paradise
  • Location: Twin Falls State Park, WA