Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad Center International Photo & Video Contest

2023 International Photo & Video Contest Details

Sponsored by the Learning Abroad Center and Village Travel

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 International Photo & Video Contest.

Prizes for 2023 Contest

1st Prize

  • Hiking backpack
  • $100 Village Travel gift certificate
  • Maroon and gold bandana
  • Travel journal
  • Packing cubes
  • Toiletry bags

2nd Prize

  • Hiking backpack
  • Packing cubes
  • Toiletry containers

3rd Prize

  • Hiking backpack
  • Packing cubes

Photo Submission Categories

Gopher Pride

Submit a photo showcasing UofM students together abroad.

  • Students in maroon and gold apparel
  • Student group photos
  • Gophers exploring

Perfect Postcard

Share one image that best exemplifies the beauty of the place where you traveled.

  • A breathtaking vista (landscape or cityscape)
  • A scene from street life
  • A spot you’ll never forget

Video Submission Category

Faces & Places

Submit a short video depicting the memorable faces and places from your experience.

  • Your homestay family and housing
  • Your day of learning, studying, volunteering, or sightseeing
  • You and your classmates experiencing the city

Who Can Enter?

  • UMTC undergraduate students, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, who traveled outside the US to take the submitted photo/video (study abroad program participation is optional)

Contest Guidelines

Submitted photos and vides must be:

  • Taken outside of the United States
  • Taken by you or of you (the person submitting the photo)
  • Not digitally altered beyond basic color correction
  • In color (no black and white or sepia)
  • Your original work—no AI-generated images, videography, or filters
  • The original digital file (no Facebook or Instagram photos)
  • Submitted as .jpeg or .png file types and at least 3000px by 2000px
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube
  • Videos must be 1 minute or shorter


  • 1 photo and 1 video per person per category (maximum of 2 photos and 1 video)
  • Each photo and video must be entered into one of the specified categories
  • All entries must be submitted online
    • Each submission must include a brief paragraph (30–70 words) describing the photo
    • Submissions may not be generated or altered by AI in any way
    • Entries will be disqualified if they suggest inappropriate behavior, disrespect toward local cultures, or violate the UofM Student Conduct Code

From the pool of submissions, we will select 6 finalists for online voting that takes place November 13–17.

Winners will be announced November 22.

Dates & Deadlines

Submission period: October 16–November 6
Voting period: November 13–17

Sponsored by the Learning Abroad Center and Village Travel

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