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.
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
- Photos must be of a landmark or landscape that is clearly identifiable as an international location.
- Photos should feature people living in the natural environment or culture of a foreign land.
- Students should wear USF regalia (i.e. t-shirt, cap, USF flag, etc.). Be creative, photos should be original and should highlight the best of the country visited. Dynamic/action photos encouraged. For example, a row of students in USF t-shirts eating fish and chips in London with Big Ben in the background. Think about photos that would look great as a magazine cover (and your photo just might end up on the cover of a USF magazine!)
- Judges are looking for photos that display exceptional artistic merit and provide an overall representation of the experience.
- All submissions received will be put on the USF World Facebook Page (check back on October 19). Students, faculty, staff and alumni can then vote on their favorite photo!
- Voting will be up from October 19, 2015 - October 30, 2015. You may vote for your own entry. One (1) vote equals one (1) point. You may also receive additional points for "shares" as follows: two (2) points per "share," up to two (2) shares per day. At the end of the voting period, the photo with the most total combined points will be named the "USF Favorite." All votes must be completed no later than October 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Photo Submission Deadline
Friday, October 16, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
Photos must have been taken within the last 12 months
Photos may be cropped and minor hue/saturation or other adjustments are permitted
Photos may be submitted in black and white, sepia or duo tones
- Participants may submit up to ten photos
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:
- One signed USF World photo application per photo
- A high resolution digital copy (on CD or jump drive) - if you submit more than one
photo you may put all the submissions on one CD or drive. Please make sure the photos
are named as detailed below, each photo submitted must be named like the following:
First name Last name_TitleOfPhoto_CityCountry_15.
- A printed copy of the photo (Any printed copy and size will do; be mindful the judges will use this copy to choose the winners.)
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). www.chipshotz.com
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.