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2017 Photo Contest Awardees

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 funding, research, study, or an internship abroad. This year's submissions represent travel abroad between August 2016–August 2017.

Go Blue!


Tochukwu Ndukwe
African Studies Center

Looking out into the Falls

The photo was captured at Victoria Falls in Livingstone Zambia. The Victoria Falls Bridge is pictured in the back, separating Zambia from Zimbabwe.

Not Just a Tourist


Matt Harmon
Program in International and Comparative Studies

We Want a Veto

"Warsaw erupted when its government almost passed a bill that would put the Polish Supreme Court under government control. The people did not stay silent."





Syarafina Adilah Ahmad Nasir
Nam Center for Korean Studies

That Golden Hanbok, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

"The photo tells how happy I was wearing hanbok at its original place. The positive vibe and happy faces from the locals supporting my excitement in the dress added to the best feeling ever at that time. Not a second did I feel different or insecure, but grateful to have this golden chance in the golden hanbok."




Natalie Andrasko
Center for South Asian Studies

Village Life

Lalung is a tiny village nestled in the foothills of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. The village is full of warmth, happiness, and tradition--everyone working together cohesively to raise their families. I met this woman when I was on a ten-day trek through the Himalayas, stopping for the night to stay in a villager's home in Lalung. This elderly woman approached me to let me hold her sheep, exuding so much joy and positivity and welcoming me into her home.


World is Your Classroom




Fatima Haidar
International Institute

Ageless, Rabat, Morocco

"Knowledge knows no age."




Addison Kamb
Center for South Asian Studies

A Monk Friend, Himachal Pradesh, India




Nathalie Lambrecht
International Institute

Field Work in the Northern Region of Ghana,                                                 
Boku, Northern Region, Ghana

Field work at a home compound in Boku, Ghana.