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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.

1st Place - Landscapes and Scenes

"Cape of Good Hope" by Debra Major, professor of psychology; photo taken in South Africa, 2012

2nd Place - Landscapes and Scenes

"And the Day Starts" by Abdullah Al Farooq, student, modeling and simulation major; photo taken in Mymensingh, Bangladesh, 2009

3rd Place - Landscapes and Scenes

"Summer at the Beach" by Ingo Heidbrink, professor of history; photo taken in South Georgia, 2012

1st Place - Lights and Shadows

"Broadbeach Sunrise" by Scott Tazbin, student, marketing major; photo taken in Queensland, Australia, 2012

2nd Place - Lights and Shadows

"Window to the Great Wall" by Edsel Laririt, ODU alumnus, class of 2012, B.S.B.A. (accounting and finance); photo taken in Beijing, China, 2011

3rd Place - Lights and Shadows

"Night in Naoussa Village" by Fotios Drakopoulos, student, computer science major; photo taken in Naoussa, Greece, 2009

1st Place - Local People/Local Customs

"On Hippo Lookout" by Hannah Lawrence, temporary technician, Research Foundation; photo taken in Mokoro, Maun, Botswana, 2011

2nd Place - Local People/Local Customs

"Land of Flowers" by Somayeh Panahi, student, environmental engineering major; photo taken in Ramsar, Iran, 2010

3rd Place - Local People/Local Customs

"Modernity Meets Tradition" by Shaomin Li, Eminent Scholar and professor of international business; photo taken in Angkor, Cambodia, 2007

1st Place - Children of the World

"Bharat ke bacche" ("India's Children") by Lindsey Daniels, student, political science major; photo taken in Nandi Hills, India, 2012

2nd Place - Children of the World

"Wrapped in the Colors of Peru" by Nilsa Salgado, student, counseling major; photo taken in Cusco, Peru, 2011

3rd Place - Children of the World

"Exploring the Louvre Courtyard" by Missy Sernatinger, student, higher education major; photo taken in Paris, France, 2011

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