Global Photo Contest

Congratulations to the Contest Winners!

» 2019 Winners

Attend the Global Photo Reception and Showcase during Alumni weekend to view the winning photos of contest.

Share your favorite photos from around the globe with your fellow Banana Slugs during the Global Photo Contest!

This photo contest showcases diverse cultural perspectives through photographs accompanied by short commentaries explaining the photo’s cultural significance to the photographer. International students and scholars, study abroad students, UCSC alumni, faculty, and staff will experience a creative outlet to share their unique perspectives with the larger campus community.

2019 Theme

Defy Imagination

More and more UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, staff, and alumni find themselves traversing the globe and partaking in a rich exchange of knowledge, ideas, and culture brought on by a shift toward globalization. Each year, hundreds of international students, faculty, and scholars make UC Santa Cruz their home, while hundreds of other Banana Slugs go overseas to study or complete research abroad. We want to know, “What is something unexpected, or helped you to imagine life in another context during your International experience?”

Submit a photo in one of two categories--Photos from Abroad & Photos from the U.S--and write a short description explaining what the photo’s cultural significance is to you. How does the photo show something unexpected to you during your International journey? How does the image help you expand your worldview?


Photo Submissions: Feb. 10 – March 24, 2019

Online Voting Period: April 1 – April 21, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Winners Announced: April 23, 2019

Global Photo Showcase and Alumni Reception: April 27, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. - Noon in the Cervantes and Velasquez Conference room


You may participate in this contest if you are a:

  • Current UCSC International Student (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Current UCSC International Scholar
  • Current UCSC student who is a Study Abroad Returnee or presently on a Study Abroad program
  • Current UCSC faculty or staff
  • UCSC alumni


Prizes include:

  • Free pizza party from Woodstock’s
  • Free cookies from Pacific Cookie Company
  • Gift certificates to Palace Art Supply

Winning photographs will be printed and displayed during the International Photo Contest Showcase Reception during Alumni Weekend on April 27, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon in the Cervantes & Velasquez Conference room. After the Showcase Reception, winning photos will be displayed in the Global Engagement office and on our website.