Annual Photo Contest Penn to the World

The deadline for this contest has passed. Vote now on the People's Choice Winner on the Penn Abroad Facebook Page

Reminisce and reflect on your experience studying and interning around the globe! Share your images and the ways that your experience abroad has been meaningful to you. In this annual contest, we are accepting submissions from students that participated in our Semester Abroad programs, Penn Global Seminars, or the Global Research & Internship Program.  


  • 1 Grand Prize – Print of winning photo and additional travel-related prizes 

  • 1 People’s Choice Prize (voting process detailed below) – Print of winning photo and additional travel-related prizes  

  • 3 Top of Category Prizes – Print of winning photo and additional travel-related prizes 

  • Up to 30 honorable mention awards for the new category “Because I went abroad...”


  • Because I went abroad...
    This new category offers the opportunity to tell the Penn community what you gained from your global experience. To submit to this category, you will also be asked to respond to the prompt “Because I went abroad...” This can be a long or short answer and is open to you and your unique experience. Submissions to this category should also include a photo of you abroad, but the prompt response does not need to be a caption for the image. As a special category, we will be selecting up to 30 honorable mentions to receive prizes in addition to the main category winner.

  • Where Will Penn Take You?
    You’re not a tourist, but a student immersed in a new culture! Save the conventional images of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben for your photo album. During your time abroad, the world is your classroom. Did you learn about tea ceremonies in Japan or marine life in Costa Rica? Share your photos of the best learning experiences that took you outside the classroom.

  • Day in the Life
    Any image that captures a normal day in your host country or as part of your unique experience abroad—vendors at the market, fellow students, locals walking the streets, or people enjoying a festival  Who did you interact with and what made up a day during your time abroad? 

People’s Choice Award 

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place on the Penn Abroad Facebook Page beginning Thursday, April 7 by 1:00 PM and ending Wednesday, April 15 at 11:59 PM. Contestants will receive an email notification when entries are up. The most points by the end of voting wins the award. Points are calculated as follows: 

  • Each like, comment, or share on Facebook counts as 1 point 

  • Multiple comments by the same person will still count as only 1 point 

  • If the same person likes AND comments, that would be 2 points 

  • If the same person likes, comments, and shares, that is 3 points 

Submission Guidelines 

The competition is open to current Penn students who have been abroad through a Penn Abroad program. The competition is not restricted to a specific term abroad, but photos submitted to previous competitions will not be accepted. The photo must have been taken by the person submitting the entry or the entrant must be in the photograph. If you are in the photograph and did not take the photo yourself, please make sure you have received the rights to the photo before submission. 

Applicants may submit one submission in each category (for a maximum of three) 
Entries must be submitted by the official entry form below 

  • Photo(s) must be in digital form (.jpg .png) 

  • Entries can be submitted in either color or black and white, but should not have been significantly altered beyond basic editing 

  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted 

  • Penn Abroad reserves the right to not accept any submission deemed inappropriate 

Competition Timeline 

  • Submissions open on this page on Monday, March 30 and will be accepted until Monday, April 6 at 11:59 PM 

  • Voting for the “People’s Choice” award will take place on Facebook beginning Tuesday, April 7 by 1:00 PM and ending Wednesday, April 15 at 11:59 PM 

  • All winners will be announced online and via email on Thursday, April 16

  • Prize distribution will take place as the semester ends and through the summer, winners will be notified of their options and the timeline. Given current business and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, there may be some delay, but all prizes will be awarded 

Questions? Contact Jamie Nisbet at 

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