|Monday, April 15, 2013|
Striking Images from Around the Globe Selected in International Photography Competition
It's safe to say that the organizers of the Office of International Programs' first International Photography Competition were thrilled with the response they received.
Open to current and former members of the Old Dominion community, the contest attracted entries from 49 people - including faculty, staff, students and alumni. The judges had a difficult task choosing the winning selections from an array of striking scenes and subjects from around the globe (photos had to be taken outside the United States). In all, 143 photographs were submitted; participants could submit up to three photos.
From South Africa's Cape of Good Hope to the Great Wall in China, and Australia to Peru, the images captured the beauty and culture of many distant lands.
Prizes were awarded to the top three photographs in each of four categories: Landscapes and Scenes, Lights and Shadows, Local People/Local Customs and Children of the World. Entries were judged on artistic expression, interpretation of theme, creativity and quality of the image. Judges also reserved the right to consider entries based on geographic and thematic variety as well as relevance to ODU's international mission. The Office of International Programs will frame and display the winning photos (shown below) in Dragas Hall.
Held in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, the contest fits in nicely with the Office of International Programs' mission, according to Marcelo Siles, OIP executive director.
"The Office of International Programs is highly committed to implementing a Comprehensive Internationalization Plan, which includes, among others initiatives, opening opportunities for faculty, administrators and students to go abroad," Siles said.
"The International Photography Competition aims to showcase the international experiences that faculty, alumni and students have had abroad under ODU's different study abroad programs, or through research or personal visits to foreign countries."
Allison Wiggins, OIP front desk manager, helped coordinate the contest and served on the selection committee. "Due to the overwhelming participation in our first competition, we're very excited for next year, and encourage everyone to pick up a camera and travel as much as they can. We will start collecting photos in fall 2013 for our second annual competition," she said.
The winning photographs in this year's competition were taken by seven current students, one recent graduate and four faculty/staff members.