2022 SFU Study Abroad Photo Contest Rules



All entrants must have:

  • Participated in a graduate or undergraduate student exchange program or field school through International Services for Students within the past 2 years.

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 2021 and Fall 2022, but would need to submit new photo submissions for each contest they enter.


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 person submitting the photo.
  • Must be in high resolution digital format at least 72 dpi and 2000 pixels
  • - To check dpi from a PC computer: right click on image -> Properties -> Details -> Image -> check Resolution.

    - To check dpi from a Mac: double click on image to open Preview -> Tools -> Adjust Size -> check Resolution.

  • Must be in original standard size; photographs may not be altered to add or remove objects or subjects from the image.
  • Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is minor cropping so long as it meets the pixel requirements, as above. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are acceptable.
  • Any photographs submitted to the SFU Study Abroad Photo Contest must not be submitted to any other photo contests.


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) Self 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) Self Portraits:  This category could include photos of you enjoying time in nature, a fun sport at your host institution (could also be a selfie or photo taken with a tripod), a photo of you and your classmates, friends or local people. You must ensure that you have permission to take the photo of the selected location and individuals, and have their permission to enter the photo in this contest.

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

* Please be aware that photos may be re-categorized.

Photo Entries:

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

Judging criteria will be based on impact, creativity, style, subject matter, and story telling

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_SelfPortraits1.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 72 dpi and 2000 pixels.



Each category will have one judge’s choice winner ($75) and there will be one overall People’s Choice Award ($150) (votes through Instagram). Prizes must be claimed within one year of notification. 

Shortlisted photos from each category will be entered into a People's Choice Award voting round on the SFU Study Abroad Instagram page. Voting will take place from December 19 to December 23 and end at 9:00 AM (PST). Winners will be announced December 23, at 3:00 PM (PST). 

All submitted photos will become the property of International Services for Students, which reserves the right to display and to publish entries (including title, location of photo, student name, study abroad program, year, and description) for program promotions, advertising, print documentation, social media platforms, and websites. 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.

Protection of Privacy Collection Notice: The information on this form is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468). It is related directly to and needed by the University to administer the SFU Study Abroad Photo Contest. The information will be used to administer the photo contest and for the promotion of the study abroad program. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact Director, International Services for Students, MBC 1200, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 778-782-4232.