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Photo Contest

Calling all photographers!

Notre Dame Global is looking for photos that tell a story and provide a glimpse into the study abroad experience. We want to see images from different perspectives to encourage and inspire prospective study abroad applicants to go further. We also hope these photos encourage alums of Notre Dame’s study abroad programs to reflect on their time abroad. This photo contest is a great opportunity to provide the Notre Dame community with a visual glimpse into your experience, so be as creative as you’d like!

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2023-24 NDG Photo Contest 

Submission Dates

Open for submissions: May 15, 2024

Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2024


All Notre Dame undergraduates who participated in a NDG study abroad program during the 2023-2024 academic year (AY 2023-24, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024) are eligible to submit photos for this contest. Photos must have been taken during your time abroad in your host country in 2023-24.


One first place winner and two honorable mentions will be awarded per category.

  • 1st place photo: $100 
  • Honorable mentions: $50 each 
Photo Composition Guidelines

Photos submitted should capture the heart of the study abroad experience and highlight your ability to become a stronger and more informed global citizen. While artistic quality and unique perspectives are important, submissions should also illustrate at least one of these four themes:

Culture & International Friendships
Illustrate an introductory understanding of your host country in relation to its history, values, politics, or beliefs and practices, and/or showcase interactions with the local community and relationships with locals and host families.

ND Irish Abroad
Show off your ND pride abroad in your host country by featuring Notre Dame in some way.

Academic Pursuit
Exhibit creativity, innovation, and interaction in the pursuit of intellectual interests by engaging in class activities, international research, and/or internships.

Scenes from Abroad
Photographer’s choice - showcase your creative photography skills (use of light, photo angle, etc.) with photos of your host country. Inspire curiosity and open-mindedness. No edited photos please.

General Guidelines for All Photos

  • Students are encouraged to be subjects in the photos
  • Photos should tell the story of study abroad experience
  • Photos must be taken in the actual study abroad host city or country
Submission Requirements

In submitting photos to the contest, you agree that the University of Notre Dame may use them for promotional and commercial purposes without further permission, conditions, or compensation.

  • The content of your images must be in accordance with the University's code of conduct.
  • Submit ORIGINAL high-resolution photos, minimum of 1000 pixels on the longest side (check photo properties). Photos that were posted to sites such as Facebook, Instagram, etc., and then downloaded for submission will have been automatically downsized by those sites.
  • Color photos are preferred.
  • Make sure people in the photos have given permission for you to take their image AND have it published on social media, in NDG print publications, and other media outlets.


  • Is your photo respectful to the subject(s) and the host country?
  • Did the people in your photo consent to be photographed and are they aware you’re submitting it to a photo contest?
  • Does your photo feature children? If so, did you receive permission from their parent or guardian to take and share the photo?
  • Does your photo promote any negative stereotypes or false generalizations about the subject(s) or the host country?

A maximum of two photos per category per student may be submitted for consideration.

Submission Instructions

Pleae use the instructions provided below to submit your photos.

2024 NDG Study Abroad Photo Contest Submission Instructions

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged by a committee composed of members of Notre Dame Global’s Study Abroad and Communications teams. Judges will be looking for photos that best fit the theme of each category, demonstrate the photographer’s creativity, and showcase artistic merit.

Upon award, winning photographs will be posted to our website and shared on social media. In the future, any photos submitted to the contest may be used in print pieces, at events, and in promotional materials.

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