The annual Study Abroad Photo Contest gives returned students the creative opportunity to share with their MSU community what they observed during their travels.


2020 Photo Contest - Now closed

Photos were displayed in the Virtual Discovery Space in the Library from October 12th through the 30th, during which time voting was open. Based on voting results, prizes have been awarded to top photographers.


View Past Winners Below


2020 Photo Contest Winners

Category: Once in a Lifetime Moment

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Castle in Snow

People protesting in the Street

Rock Climbers

Artist: Isabelle Brus

Artist: Joe Harvey

Artist: Benjamin Wade

Major: Bioresources Civil Engineering Major: Economics Major: Physical Geography
Title: "The Castle in the Snow" Title: "Independencia" Title: "The Climb - West Cape Howe"
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland Location: Barcelona, Spain Location: Perth, Australia

Category: Global Classroom

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

View of a City from a Tall Building

A flower in focus in front of a waterfall

man with back to camera sitting on a cliff overlooking ruins

Artist: Matthew Smith

Artist: Bradley Case

Artist: DJ Standberg

Major: Architecture Major: Business Finance Major: Cell Biology & Neuroscience
Title: "How the Pigeons See Copenhagen" Title: "The Valley of 72 Waterfalls" Title: "Waves"
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland Location: Zumaia, Spain

Category: Bobcat Pride

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Woman facing a church and colorful row of houses

Woman entering doorway of stone building

Couple posing in front of snowy mountain

Artist: Erin McHugh

Artist: Sierra Bedwell

Artist: Natalee Wheeler

Major: Accounting Major: Microbiology Major: Community Health
Title: "It's a Small World" Title: "Off the Beaten Path" Title: "Backpacking Bobcats"
Location: Cork, Ireland Location: Dinant, Belgium Location: Salkantay, Peru

Category: Video

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Artist: Gage Meredith

Artist: Josephine McMahon

Artist: Hannah Riley

Major: Film Major: Conservation Biology Major: Architecture
Title: "Island Life" Title: "Dinner and a Show"

Title: "Wallaby on the Water"

Location: South Island, New Zealand Location: Cusco, Peru Location: Australia

2019 Photo Contest Winners

Category: Once in a Lifetime Moment

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Line of camels in the desert

snow on a mountain range

skiier flipping in the air with people cheering

Artist: Noah Jokavac

Artist: Gina Potts

Artist: Stu Edgerly

Major: Industrial & Systems Engineering Major: EHHD - Exercise Science Major: Earth Science
Title: "Sahara" Title: "Singing Slopes" Title: "Nothing But a Good Time"
Location: Merzouga, Morocco Location: Innsbruck, Austria Location: Temple Basin, New Zealand

Category: Global Classroom

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

view from inside a snow cave

View from inside a snow cave

man with back to camera sitting on a cliff overlooking ruins

Artist: Laurel Fimbel

Artist: Emma Waterman

Artist: Eric Bratke

Major: Community Health Major: Latin American & Latino Studies Major: Spanish Teaching
Title: "Class Trip to Aiguilles de Midi" Title: "An Unexpected Friend" Title: "Bird's Eye View"
Location: Chamonix, France Location: Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru Location: Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru

Category: Bobcat Pride

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

woman standing on a mountain pointing at ruins

man standing on a cliff overlooking the sea

Girl sitting on a mountain with back to camera

Artist: Isabella Ridgeway

Artist: Zachary Smith

Artist: Lexi Delridge

Major: Latin American & Latino Studies Major: Business Management Major: Civil Engineering
Title: "Beyond the Clouds" Title: "La Mer Pointu" Title: "Soak It In"
Location: Machu Picchu, Peru Location: Calanque du Sugiton, France Location: Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain

Category: Video

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Artist: Julian Kaptanian

Artist: Laura Hanshaw

Artist: James Ablondi

Major: History - SETS Major: Mechanical Engineering Major: Architecture
Title: "A Stroll Around Montserrat" Title: "Project Global Officer"

Title: "MSU Archit. Goes to Zawiya Ahansal"

Location: Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain Location: Amman, Jordan Location: Zawiya Ahansal, Morocco

2017 Photo Contest Winners

First Place Second Place Third Place
 Book staircase in Venice, Italy

 Daylight in Norway

 Colorful umbrellas on ceiling in Portugal

Artist: Megan Dewar

Artist: Addie Melvin

Artist: Max Roux

Major: Business Major: Engineering Major: Engineering
Title: "Outside the Bubble of Reality" Title: "Magnificent Mountains" Title: "Calamity in the Largest City"
Location: Plaza de España, Seville, Spain Location: Chamonix, France Location: Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

2016 Photo Contest Winners

First Place Second Place Third Place
 Book staircase in Venice, Italy

 Daylight in Norway

 Colorful umbrellas on ceiling in Portugal

Artist: Jillian Sundman

Artist: Ashley Hoffman

Artist: Rolando Travieso

Major: Elementary Education

Major: Exercise Science

Major: Literature and Religious Studies

Title: "The World is a Book" Title: "Three Hours of Daylight" Title: "Rainy Day"
Location: Venice, Italy Location: Reinebringen, Norway Location: Agueda, Portugal