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by Kandace Kohr
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. If that old adage is true, the photos submitted to the 2020 Global Photo Contest would tell elaborate stories of adventure, global citizenship, service and a commitment to a cultured, worldly education.
This year, 15 students submitted photos in six categories from their experiences abroad in 16 countries. For more than 10 years, the contest, sponsored each year by Dickinson's Center for Global Study & Engagement, has provided returning study-abroad students the opportunity to reveal glimpses of their time abroad. There is also a special category for international students to share their unique perspectives of the U.S.
The images were displayed in the library earlier this spring, and people voted for their favorite in each category. Each picture provides a peek into the way Dickinsonians immerse themselves in a global education: stunning architecture, a snapshot of local life, breathtaking views of distant lands and, most importantly, how Dickinsonians embrace their study-abroad experiences. Below are the winners for each category.
Winner, Share Your Story Category: "Kigali, Rwanda," Zoe Kiefreider '20 (art & art history, political science), Kigali, Rwanda; "Looking back on my experience in Rwanda I am most impacted by the people that I met and the sense of community that came from hardships. This was an experience that I will never forget and I will never be the same after. I admire the strength and kindness of all of the women and survivors I had the privilege of meeting. Words cannot even begin to explain the strength I witnessed and the strength I had to find within myself on this trip. Most of all I learned the value of forgiveness to help me recover from my own trauma.”
Winner, Architecture and Landscape Category: "The Summer Palace and Other Buildings," Jackson Rhodes '21 (art & art history), Beijing, China; "Although not truly related to this photo, while I was at the Summer Palace taking photos like these, I spoke with many Chinese youths and took photos for them. It became clear that, despite our cultural differences, communication and setting brought us together."
Winner, Culture, Local Life and Local People Category: "Bea Proud of Her Garden," Abby Kaija '21 (biology), Rhotia, Tanzania; "Bea, a student at Rhotia Valley School, gave me a tour of the garden she helps tend. We took a break from the end of year celebration full of delicious food, dancing and face painting. During the tour, her enthusiasm and interest in agriculture was apparent. She told me one day she hopes to have a beautiful garden of her own.”
Winner, Dickinsonians Engaging the Host City Category: "Midday Caiman Observation," Kristen Kozar '20 (political science, Spanish), Tena Province, Ecuador; “For the Caiman in the Tena River, it was almost lunch time. On our way back from a long hike, we brought meat to feed this species of South American reptile, and in this moment, we were awaiting their arrival!”
Winner, Least Touristy Travel Photo Category: "Carrots and Bricks," Ana-Elena Karlova '21 (art & art history, economics), Siena, Italy; "In Italy, food is art and sustainable food is a priority. I experienced this firsthand while living with a host family, which taught me the importance of eating healthy. My host mom shopped from local markets and made a lot of dishes with locally grown food. After my semester abroad in Florence, I started paying more attention to the origin, contents and overall quality of the food I eat. "
Winner, International Perspectives of the U.S. Category and Overall Winner: Untitled, Tomás Báscolo '21 (sociology), Washington, D.C.
See all of the entries on the Center for Global Study & Engagement's Facebook page.
Published April 23, 2020