Learning Abroad Center

2017 Photo Contest Winners

1st Prize Winner

La montaña de 14 colores—Hornacal outside of Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina

Mary Grace

Rainbow Mountain, Argentina

After an incredible bumpy and long drive through the mountains on dirt paths, we finally arrived to the Hornacal. The view was breathtaking and well worth the journey.


2nd Prize Winner

A Sliver of Home—Agra, India

Monica Delgado

Outline of MN against the Taj Mahal

Halfway around the world and still showing that Minnesota Pride! I brought a little representation of the University of Minnesota to one of the most beautiful landmarks in India.


3rd Prize Winner

A Happy Uyghur Child—Kashgar, China

Adam Wegren

Smiling child in China

Kashgar must be one of the most beautiful and culturally vibrant places on the planet. It is the westernmost city in China, thousands of miles from the densely populated eastern seaboard, bordering Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to its West and separated from the rest of China to it's East by the vast abyss of the Taklamakan Desert. This photo captures a fleeting moment of joy between my friend Gabby—who is one of the most gentle-hearted, high-spirited people I've ever met—and a jubilant local child, thrilled at the sight of the friendly foreigners. It happened as my fellow travelers and I were suddenly overrun by a group of totally adorable tiny Uyghur children as we were exploring the cobblestoned backstreets of this ancient and picturesque city. In this moment, no language was needed to understand one another.