Study Away Photo Contest
Enjoy the winning photographs from our Spring 2012 GEO photo contest!
1st Place for General Study Away Experience
"When Sea Lions Attack" – Christine Smigel
Sandfly Beach, New Zealand
"This beach was my favorite getaway spot. Matt and I rode our bikes for 3 hours to see this beautiful sight. It was known for all of its wildlife on the beach. I saw my first seal and sea lion here. Soon enough, a sea lion got mad and was chasing me and Matt down the beach. It was the scariest, funniest thing that has ever happened to me. The beach was absolutely amazing."
2nd Place for General Study Away Experience
"Cinque Terre, Manarola" – Davis Fitch
"One of the five picturesque towns in Cinque Terre, Manarola. It was the second village we encountered on our hike, as you can see the buildings are in an array of different colors which are so very unique to Mediterranean villages built into the steep coastline. I tried to capture the lifestyle of Mediterranean culture in this picture, I think through this composition we can appreciate the simplicity and beauty of their community."
1st Place for Global Engagement and Citizenship
"Glass Beach" – Morgan Collins
Fort Bragg, CA
"While abroad in CA I was engaged in another part of the country's culture. Due to their dumping of garbage over 60 years ago I got to see a beautiful scene that I will remember for the rest of my life. While current culture would consider dumping glass into the ocean a horrible idea, 60 years ago the consequences were unknown, and the situation reflected for the better."
2nd Place for Global Engagement and Citizenship
"Nimbin Rocks" – Amanda Buckley
"The Nimbin Rocks are volcanic extrusions of rhyolite left over from the Mount Warning Tweed Volcano that erupted around 20 million years ago. The three most prominent were named by early white settlers as the Thimble, Cathedral and Needle. They are an extremely significant cultural site to the local tribe of indigenous Australians who believe the rocks were home to the Nmbngee, or Clever Men. They were also initiation grounds for young boys and the dreaming story."
1st Place for Global Engagement and Citizenship – Written Description
"African Boy with Kwashiorkor" – Hannah Bujnevicie
Senase Village, Ghana
"While visiting a poor village in rural Ghana, one small boy was being watched by his 7 year old sister. Suffering from malnutrition and poverty, the boy remained curious, happy, and content with his sibling. This boy's happiness and natural love showed me how pleasure in life does not necessarily come from the "things" we acquire, but rather our relationships and connections to any living thing. Senase village showed me a simplicity I have never experienced, but during my stay I had never felt so surrounded by respect and greetings from a culture so opposite from my own. This culture displayed global citizenship much better then we could, as they immediately welcomed us and tried to understand the vast differences between our norms and values."
2nd Place for Global Engagement and Citizenship – Written Description
"Di Uomo Libero" – Amie Gagnon
East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany
"Although Berlin was a city I unfortunately didn't get to spend much time in, a friend of mine who had been an exchange student to the US in high school met us there and showed us around. I'd been told by one of the Germans I met in the UK to go to the East Side Gallery, a small portion of the Berlin Wall. There's something about looking at and hearing about such a powerful bit of history that can really connect people, and just reading the plaques and seeing the paintings on the wall and hearing the history from a local Berliner, it was just amazing."