Annual Photo Contest

We believe that life-experience is the best supplement to a college education.  Our annual Boilers Abroad Photo Contest challenges students to capture the lessons learned overseas on film.  This contest aims to encourage students to define their goals, seek them out, and reflect on experiences.  They are invited to submit images that are unique, authentic, and thought-provoking.  Prizes are awarded during our Welcome Back Reception, the first Wednesday evening of classes.


I Am An Explorer -

Photos of Purdue students describing their study abroad missions (objectives/hopes/dreams/goals) for their time overseas.

Mission Accomplished! -

Photos of Purdue students working to achieve their study abroad missions. These pics inspire others to participate; make a statement about the experience and/or what it means to be a Boilermaker abroad. 

Video Clips can also be submitted to be used for a compilation promotional video project.



TO ENTER:  E-mail up to three shots to subject: “Photo Contest.”  In the body of the message, tell us your: full name, program title, and the country in which you took the photo.   

TITLE .JPG FILES LIKE THIS:   France_Smith_1.jpg or England_Jones_2.jpg  It must include your name & destination of the pic, or it will be disqualified.


  • Eligible students must have participated in a Purdue program in the last year
  • All photos must have been taken by, or include the student submitting them
  • Entries become the property of Purdue's Office of Programs For Study Abroad
  • Only amateur photography can be considered. Only minor editing is allowed.  
  • Only correctly labeled .jpg photo files will be considered. 

Deadline to Submit:  August 14th, 2017

Winners are announced at our Welcome Back Reception in August. You need not be present to win.  2016 winners are listed below.

Learning Beyond the Classroom
Kelsey Schieders
'Students in Tanzania are required to keep their hair short, so they loved getting to braid Anna's.'
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Dominic Valentine
RMIT University
'During my time at RMIT University I visited the State Library of Victoria.'
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Steven Dauterman
21st Century European Transportation
'Working 70m underground and proud of it!'
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Send Me There!
Catherine Bylak
Monash University Malaysia
'One of Northern Thailand's most sacred temples and overlooks the city from its mountain throne. '
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Alexandra Bucko
Queensland, New Zealand
'The view was worth the hike! '
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Katelyn Muldoon
Florence, Italy
'A few of my friends and I pitched in to rent a motor boat to explore the Positano coastline. '
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