Collage photo with multiple students on study abroad programs. All photos are finalists for the 2023 photo contest. Photos range from iconic places to students having fun.

UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest

UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest – 2024

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.

Detailed instructions and guidelines regarding our photo contest are below, but the gist: (1) Submit up to five photos in the categories of People and Places 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 2023-24 UC Davis study abroad program, which includes: UC Davis Quarter Abroad (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024); UC Davis Summer Abroad 2024; Summer Abroad Internships 2024, all UCEAP 2023-2024 programs; and any independent study abroad program during 2023-24.

What to Enter

An elephant walks alongside his handler at this pastoral sanctuary nestled in the rugged hills outside Doi Inthanon National Park.
"An elephant walks alongside his handler at this pastoral sanctuary nestled in the rugged hills outside Doi Inthanon National Park." (Photo credit: Kira Sterling)

You may submit up to five study abroad photos.

Categories and Themes

The photos you submit for the contest should capture an experience abroad and represent the ideals of study abroad. Photos will be evaluated in two categories: People and Places. Here are a few themes we are looking for:

  • 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)
  5. Please ensure all individuals captured in a photo have agreed to have their photo taken and shared.

Photo Submission Deadline

Three student in a large canyon. The all jump in the air at the same time and the photo captures them high in the air, smiling.
"The Moon Valley is a large canyon filled with tall clay spikes and sharp columns that were formed due to the long process of erosion. The valley was named Moon Valley because the valley resembles the landscape of the moon." (Photo credit: Santhosh Nandakumar)

Deadline: September 13, 2024

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 photos with the most votes win.


  • Top Prizes (for all winners and finalists): gift cards ranging from $25-$200!



Please email with any questions.