SFU Study Abroad Photo Contest Rules

The 2017 Photo Contest is CLOSED.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:59pm

WHO MAY ENTER

All entrants must have:

1)      Participated in a graduate or undergraduate student exchange program or field school through International Services for Students*

2)      AND have participated in the program within the past year and be a registered student or recent graduate of SFU

*Participants can enter the SFU Study Abroad Photo Contest in future years, but participants must submit new photograph entries for each new contest year they enter the contest. For example, a participant could enter the photo contest in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017, but would need to submit new photo submissions for each contest they enter. Any photographs submitted to the SFU Study Abroad Photo Contest must not be submitted to external photo contests.

PHOTOGRAPH REQUIREMENTS

All photograph submissions:

  • must be taken in the country of study abroad program (and not on related travels associated with the program).
  • must have been taken by the participant on the study abroad program.
  • must be in high resolution digital format (The longest side must be at least 1500 pixels.)
  • must be in original standard size; photographs may not be cropped.
  • Must not be submitted to external photo contests.

HOW TO ENTER

Please follow these steps to ensure that your photo entries are submitted correctly.

1. Categorize your selected photographs

Each participant can submit a maximum of four photographs. These photographs must be sorted into their proper categories: (1) Your Campus (2) Cities & Landscapes (3) People and Portraits and (4)  Life Abroad. You may enter all four of your submissions into a single category or you may spread them over the four categories. 

1) Your Campus: Show off your study abroad campus with photos including classroom/lecture halls and academic buildings, residence buildings, libraries, cafeterias, outdoor space, recreation facilities, field trips/field school sites etc.

2) Cities and Landscapes: Unique perspectives of your study abroad destination. Be creative and show us all the hidden gems that only those who live there know about!  

3) People and Portraits:  This category can include photos of you (selfie or taken with a tripod), classmates, friends or local people.

4) Life Abroad: This category could include photos of food, cultural/international events, or whatever tells a story of your life abroad.

For each photo submission, please write, in 50 words or less, the story of your experience that was captured in the photo.

Please be aware that we may re-categorize a photo if it has been sorted incorrectly.

2. Rename photographs according to contest naming convention

Name your photo files using the ISS Photo Contest naming convention: FirstName_Surname_Country_Category
If you wish to, you can also include the city. Below are some examples:

  • Mike_Koltz_Japan_YourCampus.jpg
  • Jim_Hearth_ParisFrance_LifeAbroad2.jpg
  • Dora_Smith_AmsterdamNetherlands_PeopleandPortraits1.jpg

This naming convention allows us to keep track of which photos belong to which individuals.

3. Fill out the Online Submission Form

Complete an Online Submission Form for each of your photo entries.

4. Email photo submission files to the ISS office

Email your high resolution digital photos to the ISS office at intlcmns@sfu.ca with:

  1. Subject line: Photo Contest - your name 
  2. Your high resolution photos attached (if you exceed the maximum limit of attachment size for an email, please send multiple emails)

Do not send any photos that are smaller than 1500 pixels on the longest side (width or height).

after the Contest Deadline

Prizes

Each category will have one judge’s choice winner ($75) and there will be one overall People’s Choice Award ($150) (votes through Facebook). 

Shortlisted photos from each category will be entered into a People's Choice Award voting round on the SFU Study Abroad Facebook page and Instagram page. Voting will take place from November 1 to November 15 at 9:00 AM (PST).

Only one prize will normally be awarded per contestant. Prizes must be claimed within one year of notification. 

All prints will become the property of International Services for Students, which reserves the right to display and to publish winning entries. By submitting your photo to the contest, you must agree that you are the photographer; you have permission to take the photo of the selected location and individuals, and have their permission to enter the photo in this contest; and as the photographer, you retain copyright to the photo submitted, but give unlimited and unrestricted permission for Simon Fraser University to use and reproduce the image for free in any media for promotional and/or informational materials.