2016 Photo Contest Winners

April 18th, 2016

Study Missouri received 362 photos, submitted by 200 participants for the 2016 Photo Contest.

Pictures submitted included every continent (except Antarctica) and as far away as Alaska and New York City for international students studying in Missouri. Students from 22 schools in Missouri participated. All of the submissions can be found here.

GRAND PRIZE

Emma London, Saint Louis University

Grand-Prize

“This photograph was taken in the residence of my Madrileño host-family. Our second floor apartment housed a loving Spanish couple and their 26-year-old daughter, 22-year-old son as well as four of us Americans. Challenging our instinct to speak our native tongue, we were forced to converse in Spanish and of course shared many laughs over ideas lost in translation. While it may seem like such a minute detail, the fact that Spanish homes lack drying machines made me appreciate energy consumption as well as notice how house-hold chores can become art if one’s perspective is altered.”

STUDY ABROAD

1st Place – Morgan LeBaige, Truman State University

“In Greece I was taking pictures of the ocean when the donkeys came by. They are carrying bags to help repair the streets."

“In Greece I was taking pictures of the ocean when the donkeys came by. They are carrying bags to help repair the streets.”

2nd Place – Layla Alazawy, University of Missouri

"I took this shot in Argentina when I was looking down at the incredible landscape on an Easter trip with friends. I took a picture of my friend to capture my own feelings at that moment; we are so small in this vast world."

“I took this shot in Argentina when I was looking down at the incredible landscape on an Easter trip with friends. I took a picture of my friend to capture my own feelings at that moment; we are so small in this vast world.”

3rd Place – Brenda Cortez, University of Missouri

"This photo was taken at Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain. Among the city’s many colors, art, and culture, Park Güell was the combination of it all. This photo is very significant to me because I had never seen a park as beautiful as Park Güell, with all its views and architectural designs. To me this was one of the most amazing pictures I captured while being abroad because it captured the true beauty of the city of Barcelona, its culture, and its colors."

“This photo was taken at Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain. Among the city’s many colors, art, and culture, Park Güell was the combination of it all. This photo is very significant to me because I had never seen a park as beautiful as Park Güell, with all its views and architectural designs. To me this was one of the most amazing pictures I captured while being abroad because it captured the true beauty of the city of Barcelona, its culture, and its colors.”

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

1st Place – Li Chen, University of Missouri

"This photo is taken at the One World Observatory toward the direction of Brooklyn. New York is well known as one of the world’s largest cities, with the most variety of ethnic groups and cultures, countless stories going on, and also numerous skyscrapers. Modern metropolises are criticized to be forest of cold, emotionless concrete. But in New York, people from all over the world make such a big city so alive and vivid. It’s still a forest, but a forest with passion, a shiny forest lit up by millions of New Yorkers. A forest of life and vigor."

“This photo is taken at the One World Observatory toward the direction of Brooklyn. New York is well known as one of the world’s largest cities, with the most variety of ethnic groups and cultures, countless stories going on, and also numerous skyscrapers. Modern metropolises are criticized to be forest of cold, emotionless concrete. But in New York, people from all over the world make such a big city so alive and vivid. It’s still a forest, but a forest with passion, a shiny forest lit up by millions of New Yorkers. A forest of life and vigor.”

2nd Place – Amna Badawy, Crowder College

“My friend took me to watch the bison at the Prairie state park. It was my first time to see it or even know about this animal. We had a lovely picnic, and we ate bison meat with cheese when we got back to the reception."

“My friend took me to watch the bison at the Prairie state park. It was my first time to see it or even know about this animal. We had a lovely picnic, and we ate bison meat with cheese when we got back to the reception.”

3rd Place – Serginho Provida, Lindenwood University

3rd place - IS

“In Dellwood, MO, this huge beauty salon and several other establishments were turned into debris by angry activists in reaction to the Grand Jury’s decision of not indicting officer Darren Wilson in Nov. 24, 2015. Seeing the destruction sheds light on the frustration of Mike Brown’s supports.”

3rd Place – Maymunah Ahmed Aldhafeeri, University of Central Missouri

"Animal eyes tell us more than what we see."

“Animal eyes tell us more than what we see.”