Congratulations to the 2018 Global Culture Photo Contest Winners!

The University of Florida International Center is pleased to announce the winners of the Global Culture Photo Competition 2018. Held for 16 consecutive years, the Global Culture Photography Contest continues to be a juried competition that awards a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of three categories: Study Abroad & Service Learning Students; International Students, Scholars & Employees; and Faculty, Staff and Alumni.

This year over 120 photo submissions were received. 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) 2018, an exhibit featuring this year’s winning photographs will be held at UF Grinter Gallery on November 5, 2018 – January 11, 2019. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The 2018 Photo winners are:

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Study Abroad & Service Learning Students

1st Place Lost in Tokyo by Xiaoxuan Ji (Tokyo, Japan)

2nd Place Packed by Michael Hoffman (Prague, Czech Republic)

3rd Place World Cup Fever by Giovana Giraldo (Mamelodi, South Africa)

International Students, Scholars & Employees

1st Place For Korea by Krishna Bhattarai (Korean War Memorial, Washington D.C.)

2nd Place The Moment by Tianyuan Xiao (Little Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.)

3rd Place Giant Water Lilies by Kshitij Khatri (Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.)

Faculty, Staff & Alumni

1st Place Celebration by Macarena Vergara (Sitges, Spain)

2nd Place We Carry Water and Colors by Adrian Roitberg (Amer Fort, Jaipur, India)

3rd Place France Wins the FIFA World Cup by Roxane Coche (Paris, France)

Honorable Mention Mira al Cielo (Look at the Sky) by Agenia Delouche (Medellín, Colombia)

Many thanks to our judging committee!

  • Bernard Brzezinski, Director of Photography, UF University Relations
  • Vahid Valikhani, Graduate Assistant at University Galleries and MFA Student in Photography
  • Raquel Vallejo, Consultant for the City of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department, and Project Coordinator for 352walls
  • Alan Youngblood, Photo Editor, Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star-Banner

The Global Photo Contest will open again in August 2019.