Imagining the World: Photography Competition

11th Anniversary
Photography Competition Awards and Exhibit Opening

Grid of exhibition photos

Kinsey Gallery

On view through September 2019

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, and Xavier Global House. 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, faculty, and staff 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, as well as faculty and staff, 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 were honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Artists Reception on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Imagining the World 2018-19

Read the News Article and view the images here.

2018 Award Winners

  • First Place in the Study Abroad Category: Hillary Sturgeon, International Studies major for "Fiesta de la Trashumancia"
  • First Place in the International Student Category: Raghad Ashoor for "Seattle Freeze"
  • Second Place in the Study Abroad Category: Emily LaRoche for "Chess in the Bath"
  • Second Place in the International Student Category: Yibo Sheng for "Aurora"
  • Third Place in the Study Abroad Category: Annie Jamison for “Caught in a Swiss Parade”
  • Third place in the International Student Category: Crystal Choi for "Blue, green and a piece of my mind"
  • Faculty Award Winner: Marc Cohen for "Shenzhen Port (Yantian)"

ITW Winners 2018-19

2018-19 Winners with Dean David Powers (l to r) Yibo Sheng, Marc Cohen, Annie Johnson,
Rhagad Ashoor, Hilary Sturgeon, Emily LaRoche, Taylor Maihui, Hallie McPherson, and Nils Gollersrud.

Preview the 2018-19 Book and order here

2018-19 ITW Book Cover

Preview the 2017-18 Book and order here

Imagining the World 2017 Book Cover


Preview the 2016-17 Book and order here

Imagining the World 2016 Book Cover


Preview the 2015-16 Book and order here