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2012 Winners

Cultural Encounters

Juror's Choice

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

FranceOn a rainy day in Paris, France, my eyes were drawn to these bright, metallic souvenirs. For that one moment, their artificial shimmer competed with the beauty of one of the city's most well-known landmarks.

Photo by Rebecca Gordon '13

Juror's Choice

Elliot Fratkin, Gwendolen Carter Professor, Anthropology

India During an educational excursion in Orissa, we attended a student conference, where we participated in Holi - a Hindu celebration known as the festival of color. Although Holi is usually full of bright and varied colors, towards the end of the event there was a massive mud pit where a lot of Indian students decided to play.

Photo by Liza Joung '13

Juror's Choice

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

GermanyEvery five years, documenta, a major event in the art world, takes place in Kassel, Germany. This particular installation had paintings by Yan Lei, a Chinese artist who did one painting for each day on the Chinese calendar, all hung in one room in Kassel for the 100 days of the event. For me, an installation of Chinese contemporary art in Germany presents the multicultural experiences that one encounters during study abroad, including the cultures one does not always expect to encounter.

Photo by Anna Mokros '13

Juror's Honorable Mention

Elliot Fratkin, Gwendolen Carter Professor, Anthropology

EnglandA bagpiper at Trafalgar square. It was kinda surreal that he was playing at the square, with heavy traffic behind him, and people going about on their daily business without a second glance. It was like he was stuck in time with everything passing him by. When I saw this photo after I took it, it captured the exact essence of the surreality of the situation.

Photo by Taylor Beall '13

Juror's Honorable Mention

Fraser Stables, Art

South_Africa

This photo was taken in the township of Cato Manor in Durban, South Africa. The slaughter, preparation, and consumption of a goat is often a central part of traditional Zulu weddings. In this instance, my home stay sister was getting married and the ceremony was being held in the backyard of her family's home. This image illustrates one of the ways in which traditional Zulu culture is practiced and preserved in the urban context. Later, almost the entire goat was cooked up and prepared for our feasting pleasure.

Photo by Sasha Hippard '13

Viewers' Choice

EnglandOn a dark London day, I approached this man and asked if I could take his picture. He said with a laugh, "Sure, but if you want me to take off my clothes it will cost you."

Photo by Kelsea Schreiber '13

Natural Ecology

Juror's Choice

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

Juror's Honorable Mention

Elliot Fratkin, Gwendolen Carter Professor, Anthropology

Viewers' Choice

Costa_RicaOn a weekend trip to Punta Leona, I decided to climb up on the rocks by the ocean. At this point I really felt the presence of God and was in complete awe of the magnificence and power of the sea. Unbeknownst to me, my friend, Liz Tiffany, captured this photo.

Photo by Rachel Dean '13

Land/Sea/Culture-scapes

Juror's Choice

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

SwitzerlandTwo tourists brave the stone jetty that extends to the notorious Jet d'Eau on Lac LĂ©man in Geneva, Switzerland.

Photo by Sabrina Camboulives '13

Juror's Choice

Elliot Fratkin, Gwendolen Carter Professor, Anthropology

SpainEvery year, the fair takes a place in the city for a whole week, to which people dedicate much time and effort. It was taken at the municipal fair ground called "El Arenal" by the famous river "Guadalquivir."

Photo by Zahraa Al-Janabi '13

Juror's Choice

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

Juror's Honorable Mention

Elliot Fratkin, Gwendolen Carter Professor, Anthropology

GermanyTaken at the Reichstag in the new glass dome. I found the reflections really interesting, as it showed myself, but also other people all around the dome at the same time, people from all different cultures from all over the world.

Photo by Taylor Beall '13

Juror's Honorable Mention

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

ChinaYunnan is known for its mountains and ethnic minority groups. Through song and dance, the ethnic groups of this region express their rich cultures and traditions. This truly touching performance was directed by a famous Chinese film producer, Zhang Yimou. Many tourists gather here to gain cultural insights of the minority groups.

Photo by Annie Wang '14

Juror's Honorable Mention

Fraser Stables, Art

Germany

The Reichstag is open to the public to represent the ideal of having an open and transparent government. The mirrors along the inside are not only cool they are using the sun and redirecting it to light the parliament below.

Photo by Libby Donovan '13

Juror's Honorable Mention

Elliot Fratkin, Gwendolen Carter Professor, Anthropology

Viewers' Choice

BoliviaThis was taken at the sacred Lake Titicaca as we were traveling from Copacabana to Isla del Sol, where it is believed that the first man appeared. What is important to know about Bolivia is that it is a center for diversity be it ethnic, environmental, or cultural. And here we see that diversity represented by both traditional and modern via boats. It is also important to note the two little ducks and the bright blue of the sky and lake which are both strong representations of the importance of Pachamama, or Mother Earth.

Photo by Erika Maria '13

Daily Life

Juror's Choice

Fraser Stables, Art

TurkeyThis photo was taken on the banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. The Bosphorus, the strait that marks the boundary between East and West, is a center of bustle during most of the day. As I walked along the water, I turned around to see these women and their children walking through the evening sun filtered through smoke from roasting corn and fresh simit bread.

Photo by Claire Ma '13

Juror's Choice

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

Italy

To me, Italy is yellow buildings with green shutters and laundry strung out to dry. Walking the streets of Lucca, a small town west of Florence, I took this photo in order to capture what Italians and tourists see every day, reminding them of their Tuscan location. A beautiful world awaits the observer when they remember to look up.

Photo by Amelia Murphy '13

Juror's Honorable Mention

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

England

Here's Katie (2013), eating pizza on a stressful homework day, backdropped by the emblematic English telephone phone booths outside of our dorm on a chilly yet sunny day. One of the most exciting aspects of studying abroad was integrating London, whether as symbolic as the phone booths or not, into our daily lives.

Rebecca O'Leary '13

Viewers' Choice

EnglandOn my final trip [to London] - in the dead of winter - I took the Tube to Camden in order to go to a hole-in-the-wall store called God's Own Junkyard, which specializes in neon signs and reclaimed furniture. After talking with the owner for almost an hour and stopping at the independent bookstore across the street, I walked back to central London via a small bridge called Bridge Approach. A train rolled by under my feet, ferrying working Londoners back home from the city as I spotted this sign at the opposite end of the bridge.

Photo by Shannon O'Brien '13

Learning Moments

Juror's Choice

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

JapanI took this photo on a visit to Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture in Japan. This place had an especially deep connection to me because of my own family that was affected during the March 2011 disaster. This building was the place where the first town-wide sirens and alerts were made that citizens should evacuate due to the earthquake and later the tsunami. I was able to reflect on the lives lost, the heros who risked their lives, and joy for those who survived.

Photo by Waka Kobayashi '15

Juror's Honorable Mention

Fraser Stables, Art

Viewers' Choice

Spain

This photo was taken in the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba. For me, this photo captures the first time that I entered the beautiful, mysterious, sacred space that is Córdoba's most famous monument. It is a place that embodies the coexistence of different religions that has defined Spain's history. In the Mezquita, Roman columns, Visigothic mosaics, as well as Islamic and Christian architecture exist simultaneously. I was enchanted by this historical fusing of cultural and religious traditions that is so well preserved in the Mezquita.

Photo by Alice Howe '13

Viewers' Choice

Costa_RicaThe photo was taken in Guarari, Costa Rica, a community living under extreme poverty. The four kids in the picture make part of the family who got an emergency home and after one day the house was decorated and made extremely beautiful. It was a weekend full of physical labor, inspiration, dedication, love, but most importantly appreciation for every thing that I have and for the people (like this family) that made my experience worth while.

Photo by Laura Botero '14

Digital Narratives

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Juror's Choice

Janie Vanpée, Comparative Literature and French Studies

Photos by Waka Kobayashi '15
Kuna Yala, Panama

 

 

Juror's Honorable Mention

Fraser Stables, Art

Photos by Sanita Dhaubanjar '13
Petershave (Peterâ's Garden), Fuglebjerg, Denmark.

 

 

Viewer's Choice

Photos by Eleanor Cook '13
Paris, France