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Photo Contest

The University of Michigan International Institute (II) photo contest is open to all students affiliated with the institute and its 17 centers and programs through research, study, or an internship abroad completed between August 2018–August 2019.

Photos will be judged on subject matter, composition, technical quality, creativity, and originality by a select panel of U-M staff and faculty members.

See the 2019 Photo Contest Winners


Go Blue! | view all submissions

The World is a Classroom | view all submissions

Wish You Were Here | view all submissions


Go Blue!: $200 and the winning photo will be featured on the II website

The World is a Classroom: First Prize - $300; Second Prize - $200; Third Prize - $100

Wish You Were Here: First Prize - $300; Second Prize - $200; Third Prize - $100


We ask students to keep in mind the ethical aspects of capturing images of people and places. Please be aware not everyone wants to be photographed and not all places can or should be photographed.

Here are questions you can ask yourself as you think through the range of situations you’ll encounter:

• Could there be a tension between my intentions in taking this photo and the way the photo will be perceived by others, especially those in the United States?

• Is it appropriate in this context to ask the person’s/people’s permission?

If you plan to submit photos, know that certain types of content are restricted. We do not use photos depicting: life-threatening behavior, illegal activity, alcohol consumption, nudity, locations where we know your presence is prohibited, and customs that can be perceived as animal cruelty.