Photo Contest

Academic Year 2019–20


The photo contest will be open to University of Chicago undergraduates studying abroad during the 2019–20 academic year. For purposes of the contest, the academic year comprises five quarters, beginning with Spring Quarter 2019 and ending with Spring Quarter 2020. Participants from both Chicago-sponsored programs and non-Chicago programs are welcome, as are students whose study or work abroad is funded by one of the College’s travel grants. For purposes of this competition, “study abroad” may include international internships or employment. It does not, however, include vacation travel abroad other than interim travel as part of a study abroad program.


  • First Prize: $350
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Third Prize: $150
  • Best Portfolio: $200
  • And several $50 prizes for the year’s best YOUChicago Abroad submissions

Study Abroad also selects a variable number of honorable mentions. The winners will be announced by the end of Spring Quarter.

Collaboration with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL)

Undergraduates taking part in any study abroad program over the course of the academic year are encouraged to submit their photos to be considered for the RLL Photo Prize. To be eligible, photos should be taken in a country where a Romance language (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) is commonly spoken. The winning photos will capture the student’s linguistic/cultural immersion experience. In addition to a photo, submissions must include a short explanation (no more than three sentences) of its significance. The prizes will be distributed by a panel of judges as follows:

  • 1st place: $250
  • 2nd place: $150
  • 3rd place: $100

The winning submissions will be displayed in the RLL office.

Number and Format of Submissions

If you meet the eligibility requirements you may submit up to four photographs (or eight photographs if you submit a second set for the YOUChicago Abroad category). Each photo must be submitted online.

YOUChicago Abroad Category: We have added a special category to our Study Abroad Photo Contest. We are looking for photos of students and/or faculty interacting on our study abroad programs. Students may submit up to four photos in this category in addition to the other four photos allowed for the contest (for a maximum of eight photos total). Please submit a separate form for the YOUChicago Abroad photos.

Online form: Note that uploads can be up to 10 MB each and should be jpg, jpeg, or png files. Please submit high resolution photos.

PHOTO CONTEST SUBMISSION FORM > (Thanks to those who participated! The form is now closed.)

Subject Matter

The only subject matter restriction is that your photo or photos capture an experience or record an observation abroad, not necessarily limited to your program site. (A student studying in Paris, for example, could submit a photo taken in Warsaw during an interim sojourn.) Apart from this requirement there is no restriction in subject, theme, or style. We encourage photographs that capture locally characteristic phenomena, scenes, and people without falling back on the picture postcard monuments that we all know only too well (though a superb photograph of the Brandenburg Gate or Big Ben could take the prize; quality of execution will be the judges’ chief criterion).

Submission Process and Deadline

Photo files and the Photo Contest Submission Form should be submitted online by Monday, May 11, 2020 (the extended deadline).

Important Advisory

All submissions become the property of the College, which will enjoy full rights of display and circulation (with attribution to the photographer). If you submit a photograph it is understood that you have granted this right.

Further Information

Please email if you have any questions.

View the winning photos from past years’ contests on Flickr.

Photo Gallery: Winners of the 2019–20 Contest