Photo Contest

Welcome to Harvard College's annual International Photo Contest! Since 2004, undergraduates at Harvard College have submitted photographs documenting their travels around the globe. See the collection of prize-winning images online.

All current Harvard undergraduates who have studied, worked, interned, volunteered or completed research abroad during academic year 2018-2019 are encouraged to submit their best photos in the following categories:

  1. Everyday LIfe
  2. Natural World/Landscape
  3. Architecture/Built Environment

Photos taken prior to matriculation at Harvard or during a leave of absence are ineligible. 

The photo(s) must be original material and must be taken by the student. Each student may submit up to two photos. Deadline for submission of photos is October 15, 2019. Click here to enter our contest. Submissions will only be successful if you read and follow directions carefully. Image files must be named correctly in order for the upload to work.  

OIE prizes for the categories listed above will be judged by Makeda Best, the Harvard Art Museums' Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography. All other prizes listed below will be judged by the Harvard office, international center or student organization sponsoring the prize. 

Photos will be judged based on the following criteria: artistic expression, creativity and originality, quality of image, and international content.

Contest winners will be announced at the International Photo Contest Reception which will be held on February 7, 2020 from 2-3:30pm in the Forum Room, Lamont Library.

Prizes to be awarded include:

OIE: Best in Show

OIE: 1st prize in each category

OIE: 2nd prize in each category

OIE: 3rd prize in each category

OIE: Term-Time Study Abroad prize

Asia Center Prize 

BGLTQ Student Life Prize

Center for African Studies Prize

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University Prize

Center for Hellenic Studies Prize

Center for Middle Eastern Studies Prize

Center for Public Interest Careers Prize

Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Prize

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Prize

Financial Aid Office Prize 

Global Support Services Prize

Harvard China Fund & Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Prize

Harvard College Women's Center Prize

Harvard Primus 

Harvard Summer School Prize

Korea Institute Prize

Office of Career Services Prize

Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Prize

Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs 

Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Prize

South Asia Institute Prize

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs