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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.

The 2019 II Photo Contest is now closed. Awards will be announced in January, 2020.

Categories:

Go Blue!: Show your U-M pride with the block M

The World is a Classroom: Showcase your research, study, or internship abroad

Wish You Were Here: What have you stumbled upon while exploring the country?

Awards:

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

Rules of Entry and Guidelines

The University of Michigan International Institute (II) photo contest is open to all students affiliated with the II and/or its 17 centers and programs, either through funding or study.

Photos must be taken in conjunction with research, study, or an internship abroad related to or funded by the II and/or its centers and programs. The research, internship, or study abroad must have been completed between August 2018–August 2019. For more information: iimichigan@umich.edu.

Rules of Entry

  • Entrants must have participated in research, an internship, or study abroad related to or funded by the International Institute and/or one or more of its centers or programs between August 2018-August 2019
  • Up to three photos may be submitted per entrant
  • Photos must be your original work and taken during your research, internship, or study abroad completed between August 2018-August 2019
  • Digitally altered photos are not accepted. Black and white photos ARE eligible
  • Submit photo(s) using the II submission form
  • Entries must be received no later than the designated deadline of  November 1, 2019

Submission Guidelines:

  • Photos must be your original work
  • Photo specs : JPEG, TIFF, or RAW
  • Color and black and white photos are eligible
  • Large format, high resolution (300dpi recommended)
  • Each entry must be sent as an individual file via the online submission form
  • By entering the II Photo Contest, the student acknowledges the Photo Contest Use Notice
  • Entries must be received no later than November 1, 2019 via the II's online submission form

Ethics:

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.