Annual Events

USF International Photo Competition

To celebrate diversity and promote cross-cultural understanding, USF World is proud to sponsor the annual International Photo Competition. This contest is designed to offer USF students, faculty, staff and alumni an opportunity to share their international experiences with the university. 


Download the 2015 application form and official rules here.


Competition Categories

Photographs submitted should capture an observation made or experience had while traveling outside the United States. Awards will be given in the following categories.

Landscape, Seascape, or Cityscape


Bulls Abroad

Grand Prize

USF Favorite


Photo Submission Deadline

Friday, October 16, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.



NO OTHER ALTERATIONS/EFFECTS ARE PERMITTED. The guidelines were set up so that participants don't Photoshop or alter the images, essentially we don't want a fabrication. We ask that you don't adjust the images so that they don't depict the original shot - for example if you took a shot with a gray sky don't adjust the sky color to blue. We get a lot of questions about this every year, please obey the spirit of the rule and don't alter your photos.


What You Need to Submit

Entries will not be accepted without:



Winning Photographs & Prizes

Winners will be announced during International Education Month in November. A reception will take place at the USF Bookstore on November 17 from 2 to 4 p.m., and everyone is invited to attend to see the selected photos, meet the photographers and hear from the judges on how they chose the winners. 

The Grand Prize winner will receive a USF World prize bag that contains several items including a USF sweatshirt, a USF t-shirt and other USF memorabilia. The winner of each category will receive a USF sweatshirt, and the runners-up of each category will receive a USF t-shirt. Additionally the winners are invited to a reception where they talk about their photos, meet the judges and are given award certificates from USF World. The winning photos are framed and displayed throughout the campus. In years past the winning photos have been featured in USF magazine and on the USF home page.


Meet the 2015 Judges

Noel Smith, Curator of Education / Curator of Latin America & Caribbean Art Director, USF            
Noel Smith is Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art and Curator of Education  for the Institute for Research in Art: Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio (IRA) at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She also directs the USF Museum Studies Graduate Certificate program. In addition to teaching, she curates exhibitions for the USF CAM, and collaborates with artist projects at  Graphicstudio. Exhibitions she has curated/co-curated for USFCAM include Los Carpinteros: Inventing the  World (2005); Carlos Garaicoa: La enmienda que hay en mí/Making Amends (2010); Open Score (2014) and SubRosa: The Language of Resistance (2014). Smith was formerly Acting Director of the USF Institute for Study of Latin  America and the Caribbean, and is a literary translator. She holds an MA in Art History (with emphasis on photography), from USF, and has judged the International Affairs International Photography Competition for several years.

Chip Weiner, Photojournalist  
Eugene "Chip" Weiner is an educator at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. He has been an instructor at the museum for 6 years and  in adult education for 15 years. Chip is a freelance photojournalist currently working for Creative Loafing Weekly Newspaper and a regular contributor to The Daily Loaf online blog. His work also includes commercial photography primarily for catalog and advertising clients. Chip was the photography director for Biker Profile Magazine for 5 years, an experience that he describes as life enhancing as he was able to see behind the scenes the many aspects of the biker world. He is also a licensed mental health counselor; a profession that contributes to the understanding of the human condition and certainly influences the content of his personal work. Weiner is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Toivo Voll is a former physicist, current network engineer at USF IT, geek, and a graduate student of Political Science at USF. He grew up in Germany and Finland and moved to the United States in 1996. He has had an interest in photography for as long as he can remember, specializing in documentary and travel photography. He has long been fascinated by Japanese culture and had the opportunity to spend over a month of travel and photography in the Kyoto area. Toivo aspires to share the beauty he discovers during his travels via photography.