The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) is pleased to invite students, faculty, staff and alumni to enter its annual international photography contest once again!

Instructions: Each entrant may submit up to two (2) digital photos in only one chosen category. All photographs must have been taken between Summer 2022 and Summer 2023. 

Theme: All photographs must portray the theme "Global Culture". Inspiration may come from landscapes and cityscapes that impressed you, daily life scenes with unique perspectives,exciting cultural activities, a showcase of your major/discipline abroad, newsworthy matters you observed firsthand, moments that changed your worldview or your experiences leaving a positive mark in service, teaching or learning. Showing your Global Gator spirit is always a plus, so wear the UF logo, orange and blue or the gator emblem if you wish.

Judges Criteria: Judges will look at technical merit, composition, and that photo conveys a "Global Culture" message. 

Info on Size/Resolution/Editing: The size of your digital photos must be at least 1500 x 1200 pixels, at a minimum of 150 DPI (to facilitate enlargements for exhibits), and no more than 20mb.  Entries not meeting these requirements will be disqualified. DPI can be modified using InDesign, Photoshop or using or similar websites. (UFIC does not endorse any of these web services or is responsible for any damages caused by the use of them.) Unedited photos are highly encouraged, but minimally edited photos will be accepted. E-mail submissions or prints will not be accepted. Photos displaying the use of alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or any inappropriate content or behavior will be disqualified.

Deadlines: Submission period opens August 14, 2023. All entries must be received electronically no later than October 13, 2023, at 12 midnight. Winners will be notified via email by October 27, 2023.

Awards: Judges will award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the three categories. All winners will receive a plaque award displaying their photo. No cash prizes will be awarded. UFIC reserves the right to modify the contest awards in accordance with UF policies and regulations.


  1. Study Abroad & Service-Learning Students (UF connected): Open to UF students who have taken part in a UF study abroad, internship, research, service learning, volunteerism, or mission trip programs between Summer 2022 and Summer 2023.  Photographs must have been taken during a trip abroad and reflect the contest theme of "Global Culture”. Refer to “Theme” section for photo ideas.
  2. International Students, Scholars & Employees (F-1, J-1, H-1B, TN, E-3, O-1): Open to current UF international students, scholars, faculty and employees on Visas listed above. Photographs must have been taken anywhere in the United States between Summer 2022 and Summer 2023 and reflect the theme of "Global Culture." Refer to “Theme” section for photo ideas.
  3. Faculty, Staff & Alumni: Open to current or retired University of Florida faculty and staff, as well as UF alumni. Photographs must have been taken during a trip abroad between Summer 2022 and Summer 2023 and reflect the theme of "Global Culture." Refer to “Theme” section for photo ideas.


Submission period ends October 13, 2023, at midnight.