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 2017-2018 are encouraged to submit their best photos in the following four categories:

  1. Architecture
  2. Landscape/Nature
  3. People
  4. Sense of Place/Culture

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, 2018. Click here to submit an entry.

OIE prizes for the four categories listed above will be judged by Makeda Best, the Harvard Art Museums' Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography.

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 Friday, February 8 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 Summer School Prize

Korea Institute Prize

Office of Career Services Prize

Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Prize

Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Prize

South Asia Institute Prize

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs