Tenth annual “Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition”

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
November 20, 2017

In the College of Arts and Sciences, our passion for understanding the global community influences all we do. We encourage our students, faculty, and staff to actively engage with diverse cultures around the world through faculty-led programs abroad, language studies, partnerships around the globe, service learning, International Studies, student and faculty exchanges, internships, Xavier Global House, and most recently, the Global Awareness Program. Arts and Sciences has led the university in its effort to develop an international focus.

Photo of a bridge in ItalyThe annual Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition highlights our college's participation in the global community. Through this contest, students, faculty, and staff capture more than a moment in their experience—they share with us a very personal window into a world.

View last year’s competition winners on the Arts & Sciences Facebook page.

The competition is open to students, faculty and staff, with guidelines for each, all expected to address the theme, “Imagining the World,” and go “beyond the postcard.” Guidelines and submission forms are available on the website. The submission deadline is December 4, 2017.

  • Students currently enrolled at Seattle University who have participated in a study abroad program while attending SU are invited to submit photos taken in their host country.
  • Current international students attending SU may submit photos taken during their stay in the United States.
  • Faculty and staff who have participated in study abroad programs for Seattle U are also invited to share photos of their travels in those countries.

Two people on a mountain under a starry night skyPhotographs will be judged on technical merit and how well they address the theme of the contest. The judges for the competition are professional photographers.

All photographs submitted are eligible for inclusion in the Imagining the World photography book and exhibit at the Kinsey Gallery, open to the campus community and public during Spring Quarter.

Winners and honorable mention contestants will be honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Artists Reception on Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Study Aboard Category, 2016-17 First Place, "A Cab Ride in Venice" by Amy Bryant.

International Student Category, 2016-17 First Place, "Milky Way-Camp Muir" by Bowen Chen