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UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest

UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest 2022

The annual UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest aims to recognize and celebrate student photography taking place on the many study abroad programs offered throughout the year at UC Davis. Thank you to all students contributing photos throughout the year!

Detailed instructions and guidelines regarding our photo contest are below, but the gist: (1) Submit up to five photos taken during your recent study abroad program, (2) vote for your favorites, (3) win prizes, and (4) have your pictures featured on Instagram and around campus!


Who May Enter

Anyone who has, or will, participate in a 2021-22 UC Davis study abroad program, which includes: UC Davis Quarter Abroad (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022); UC Davis Summer Abroad 2022; Summer Abroad Internships 2022, all UCEAP 2021-2022 programs; and any independent study abroad program during 2021-22.

Study Abroad Photo Contest Finalist - Photo a Kecak Sunset Ceremony in Bali
"As the sun sets over the Indian Ocean off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, tens or sometimes even hundreds of dancers storm the stage with unmatched energy. Sunset marks the commencement of the Kecak dance ceremony, a traditional Balinese Hindu performance that involves chanting and fire as a prop. While the dancers on-stage depict the story of Ramayana, an important figure for those of Hindu faith, the setting sun quickly falls behind the rugged cliffs of the Uluwatu Temple, providing another layer of beauty and allure to the forthcoming night." Photo Credit: Jordan Thompson '21 

What to Enter

You may post up to five study abroad photos.


The photos you submit for the contest should capture an experience abroad and represent the ideals of study abroad:

  • People and Culture
  • Academic Learning
  • Natural and Urban Landscapes
  • Students Having Fun!
  • Portraits of Students with Creative Use of Natural & Urban Landscapes

Guidelines and Instructions

  1. Submit your photos
  2. Photos submitted for the contest must be taken while on your study abroad program. Note: Photos can be from the host country or another location visited during the program. 
  3. All photos will need a title, location, and a short caption/description. The photo on the right provides an example of what we are looking for. Please provide this information along with your photos within the submission form!
  4. Please submit high resolution JPEG (.jpgs) files (typically 2MB—2048x1536 pixels)

Photo Submission Deadline

Deadline EXTENDED: September 30, 2022

Picking A Winner

Once all photos are submitted, the top submissions will be announced by the UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest Committee. Voting will open to the public and the photo with the most votes wins.


  • Top Prize: $200 Giftcard (e.g., Apple, Amazon, UC Davis Bookstore)
  • Top Finalists (4 students): $25 Giftcards



Please email globallearning@ucdavis.edu with any questions.