Students submit snapshots of study abroad experiences


From Irish hills to villages in Peru, from a Barcelona cathedral to a Latin American fruit stand, entries from the study abroad photo contest displayed on the first floor of CSI provide a glimpse of landscapes, lives and landmarks all around the world.

The winners of the contest were announced on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Senior Bria Woods’ photo of the artistic architecture in a Barcelona cathedral won first place in the “monuments” category.

“In Barcelona we visited this beautiful, ornate cathedral called the Sagrada Familia,” Woods said. “It was designed by Antoni Gaudi. There were these huge pillars from the ground to the ceiling. At the top of each one, it tells a different story of the Bible. By the time we left our necks were hurting from looking up at them.”

Woods also submitted a photo in the “moments” category that was well received on Instagram before she even returned home from studying abroad.

“While I was in London, we got to go to high tea at Kensington Palace. It was exquisite. We felt like royalty. I took an aerial shot of the table setting. I posted it on Instagram… and got over 400 likes.”

Senior Luisa Ruge-Jones also submitted a first place-winning  photo taken from an aerial perspective “” in every sense of the word.

“My photo was taken in Cappadocia, Turkey. It is a picture of over a dozen hot air balloons over the landscape and sunrise taken from my location in another hot air balloon.”

Ruge-Jones’s photo won first place in the “landscapes” category and second in the “study abroad experiences” category.

Some of the other winners were junior Hanna Niner ,who submitted photos from Peru. Amaris Estep, Vanessa Jaber and Ana Esparza also earned recognition.

Anyone interested in learning about the images students captured while studying abroad can see a glimpse of their experiences at the photo display on the first floor of the Center for Science and Innovation.