Photo Contest Results 2019-2020

Yearly, we hold a contest in which Engineering Students share their study abroad experience with photographs. These pictures embody their favorite memories, experiences, and friendships, that they obtained throughout their study abroad experience. This contest aims to share these experiences/memories with other students.

Photo Contest Results for 2019-2020

The results for the Photo Contest are FINALLY OUT! There was a wide pool of phenomenal photos from various students but the winning photographs are listed below. Enjoy these beautiful photos taken by our students!

First Place: “Estamos Felices” by Alexandra Schmid

“This photo was taken in the Guatemalan city of Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela, on a pedestrian bridge with small phrases, graffiti, and locks. “Estamos felices” means “we are happy” in Spanish.” - International Program: UVA in Guatemala May Term (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)

Second Place: “Basin Blues” by Grant Martin

“A deteriorating, wooden dock beckons the people of San Lucas Tolimán into the depths of Guatemala’s famous Lake Atitlán.” - International Program: UVA in Guatemala (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)

Third Place: “The Four Seasons” by Zachary Key

“Photo taken in Riggenburg, Switzerland, outside of Interlaken. Taken at the beginning of November in the transition between seasons. Depicts traditional Swiss architecture.” - International Program: UVA in Valencia (Interlaken, Switzerland)

Most Original: “The Great Ocean Road" Fr: Matt Burkher, By: Sietske Prosman

“My house of exchange students rented a few cars for the weekend and drove along Australia’s beautiful Great Ocean Road. Here we are exploring one of our many scenic stops along the road.” - University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)

People's Choice 1st Place Award: "Placa de la Reina" by Tristan White

“The Plaça de la Reina pictured in the bottom left is instantly recognizable to anyone who has spent any time in Valencia. I took this picture on Thanksgiving Day from atop the Valencia Cathedral when I was spending the day with my family.” - UVA in Valencia (Valencia, Spain)

People's Choice 2nd Place Award: "Depart at Daybreak" by Zachary Keys

“Photo taken along the Camino de Santiago in Galicia, Spain. During the fall break, I took this photo of some pilgrims as they were walking in the early morning light. During this trip I met people from Argentina, Spain, Australia, and the US.” - UVA in Valencia (Valencia, Spain)

People's Choice 3rd Place Award: "The Alps" by Katherine Ellis

“Included in the GTP program is a group trip to the Alps, where we all stayed in a hostel in Austria. This trip brought our group closer and was a great outdoor experience, different from the rest of the program in the city.” - UVA in Germany

Honorable Mention: “The Marrakesh Express” by Zachary Key

“Picture shot outside of Marrakesh, Morocco, on a camel caravan to the Atlas Mountains. Our group learned some Berber history while riding camelback into the desert. We also had the opportunity to try some traditional Moroccan dishes and hike in the mountains.” -UVA in Valencia (Marrakesh, Morocco)

Honorable Mention: “Palácio da Pena” by Tristan White

“I took this picture near sunset at the Palácio da Pena in Sintra, Portugal. I would absolutely recommend going to Sintra if you’re going through Lisbon and want to do a day trip.” -International Program: UVA in Valencia (Sintra, Portugal)

Honorable Mention: “Shades of Blue” by Ekaterina Forkin

“Known as a local art hub, the walls of Asilah are covered in vibrant murals. All throughout the medina, the pristine artwork and elaborate doors can be admired. There are endless opportunities to shop and socialize with the artists and vendors.” -International Program: Gap Year (Asilah, Morocco)