Graphic of multiple photos selected from the photo contest

UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest

UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest – 2023

The annual UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest aims to recognize and celebrate student photography taking place on the many study abroad programs offered throughout the year at UC Davis.

Detailed instructions and guidelines regarding our photo contest are below, but the gist: (1) Submit up to five photos in the categories of People and Places taken during your recent study abroad program, (2) vote for your favorites, (3) win prizes, and (4) have your pictures featured on Instagram and around campus!


Who May Enter

Anyone who has, or will, participate in a 2022-23 UC Davis study abroad program, which includes: UC Davis Quarter Abroad (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023); UC Davis Summer Abroad 2023; Summer Abroad Internships 2023, all UCEAP 2022-2023 programs; and any independent study abroad program during 2022-23.

Photo of a large stadium where people are gathered to watch a Spanish bullfight
La Plaza de las Ventas is considered to be the pinnacle of Spanish bullfighting, only running events on special occasions. This particular bullfight was run on Palm Sunday to a packed crowd. It was truly a sight to see as it represented an important aspect of Spanish culture. Families came to the event dressed in their Sunday best to enjoy a classic event of Spanish culture and entertainment. (Photo credit: Joshua Hoye)

What to Enter

You may submit up to five study abroad photos.

Categories and Themes

The photos you submit for the contest should capture an experience abroad and represent the ideals of study abroad. Photos will be evaluated in two categories: People and Places. Here are a few themes we are looking for:

  • People and Culture
  • Academic Learning
  • Natural and Urban Landscapes
  • Students Having Fun!
  • Portraits of Students with Creative Use of Natural & Urban Landscapes

Guidelines and Instructions

  1. Submit your photos
  2. Photos submitted for the contest must be taken while on your study abroad program. Note: Photos can be from the host country or another location visited during the program. 
  3. All photos will need a title, location, and a short caption/description. The photo on the right provides an example of what we are looking for. Please provide this information along with your photos within the submission form!
  4. Please submit high resolution JPEG (.jpgs) files (typically 2MB—2048x1536 pixels)
  5. Please ensure all individuals captured in a photo have agreed to have their photo taken and shared.
Photo of a student walking across a wooden bridge in the Arenal Volcano National Park in La Fortuna, Costa Rica
“Walking in The Nature, Arenal Volcano National Park in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. The path goes deeper into Costa Rica’s nature and leads towards a waterfall and happiness.” (Photo credit: Esther Perez Paz)

Photo Submission Deadline

Deadline: September 22, 2023

Picking A Winner

Once all photos are submitted, the top submissions will be announced by the UC Davis Study Abroad Photo Contest Committee. Voting will open to the public and the photos with the most votes win.


  • Top Prizes (for all winners and finalists): Gift cards ranging from $25-$200 (e.g., Apple, Amazon, UC Davis choose!)



Please email with any questions.