Congratulations, Global Photo Competition Winners!

The University of Florida International Center is pleased to announce the winners of the Global Culture Photo Competition 2019. Held for 17 consecutive years, the Global Culture Photography Contest continues to be a juried competition that awards a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of three categories: Study Abroad & Service Learning Students; International Students, Scholars & Employees; and Faculty, Staff and Alumni.

This year over 175 photos submissions were received. This contest encourages the UF community to think and act globally. Photo entries portray a global theme which supports and enhances the University’s ability to pursue and develop international activities. In celebration of International Education Week (IEW) 2019, an exhibit featuring the photographs will be held at UF Grinter Gallery from November 18, 2019 through January 3, 2019. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The 2019 Photo winners are:

To see a larger version of the photo, click on one of the pictures.

Study Abroad & Service Learning Students

1st Place I Describe Myself as a Simple Buddhist Monk by Isabel Sanchez (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

2nd Place Enlightenment by Samira Ahmed (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

3rd Place Batu Caves by Diana Diaz Venturo (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

International Students, Scholars & Employees

1st Place Commemorative Photos by Doosan Shin (Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.)

2nd Place Sounds of the World by Irene Mayor Sanabria (New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.)

3rd Place Horseshoe Bend by Krishna Bhattarai (Horseshoe Bend, AZ, U.S.A.)

Faculty, Staff & Alumni

1st Place A Day at the Mine by Michele R. Tennant (Ilakaka, Madagascar)

2nd Place Maasai Man by Jeffrey Eng (Maasai Mara, Kenya)

3rd Place Jejuri by Mihika Kulkarni (Jejuri, India)

Many thanks to our judging committee!

  • Bernard Brzezinski, Multimedia Specialist, UF Distance Learning
  • Will Collante, Photographer and UFIC Systems Administrator
  • Jesse S. Jones, Photographer, UF Health Communications
  • Brad McClenny, Gainesville Sun Staff Photographer
  • Shelby Taylor, Director of Communications, City of Gainesville

The Global Photo Contest will open again in August 2020.