College of Arts and Sciences
International Education

Imagining the World: Photography Competition

  • 8th Annual Show
    Call for Entries Are Now Open
    Submissions due December 7, 2015

    ITW 2015-16

    In the College of Arts and Sciences, our passion for understanding the global community influences all we do. We encourage our students 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. 

    The annual Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition highlights our college's participation in the global community. Through this contest, students capture more than a moment in their experience—they share with us a very personal window into a world. Students currently enrolled at Seattle University who have participated in a study abroad program while attending SU, or are currently international students attending SU, are invited to submit photos that address the theme: "Imagining the World." Entries should go beyond the "postcard" and express the student's vision and understanding of life in the host country.

    • Photographs will be judged on technical merit and how well they address the theme of the contest.
    • 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
    • All submissions must be delivered to the reception desk at the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, Casey Building, 1 west, by Monday, December 7, 2015.


    Study Abroad Student Submission:
    First Prize: $500
    Second Prize: $300
    Third Prize: $200

    International Student Submission:
    First Prize: $500

    2014 Award Winners

    • First Place in the Study Abroad Category: Senior Political Science major Kirsti Ruud for “Rahavaviko Kely.” “Rahavaviko Kely” is Malagasy for “my little sisters.”
    • First Place in the International Student Category: Economics senior Luka Karaula for “The Thinker.”
    • Second Place in the Study Abroad Category: Junior Photography major Nicole Schlaeppi, Photography major, for “Nicaraguan Mountains.” and
    • Third Place in the Study Abroad Categoy: Senior Public Affairs major Joy Durkin for “Guiding on the Ganges.”

     Winners and Judges, May 7, 2015
    Winners and Judges at the Awards Ceremony on May 7, 2015

    View and order Books of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Competitions!

    The Imagining the World Photography Competition is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University. The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to educating students for living and working in a global community.