Photography fuses journalism and art. In the best cases it not only provides us with a record of what we have seen, it helps us to see more deeply and with greater feeling. Gifted photographers see beauty and form in scenes unremarked by the rest of us. Every year, we are proud to send a number of gifted photographers abroad, and we appreciate the opportunity to share in what they encountered and recorded so beautifully. The Payton Globe Trotter Photography Contest provides students with an opportunity to combine their journey abroad with serious picture-taking, and it provides a space for recognition of their art. Finalists photos will be featured in 2014 Payton Globe Trotter publications and the winner will receive a $75 prize.
Writing Contest: Why We Travel
We sponsor a travel writing contest in recognition of all the great student writing influenced by time abroad. We accept works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as any other works of writing that your time abroad has inspired you to create. Experiences abroad are myriad, and we are seeking writing that reflects this. You are encouraged to submit a piece that best fits your experience and expresses how your time abroad shocked, delighted, awed, challenged, or changed you. Finalists’ works will be featured on the Global Connections website and the winner will receive a $100 prize.
Video Contest: Study Abroad in 60 Seconds
We challenge you, our students, to best represent life and learning on a Payton program abroad. Any aspect of your time abroad may be considered for subject matter (e.g., student life, local culture, the classroom, history, community) but we would appreciate a reflection of your relationship to the local culture and your learning experiences there. We hope this will inspire you to be wildly creative—no genre is out of bounds, no format too unique. Animation, film, video, stop motion, photo montage, noir, horror, romance, abstract art, documentary. Amaze us. But for no more than sixty seconds! The winner will receive a $125 prize.