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2013 International Photo Contest 

Theme - Modernity Meets Tradition: Images of cultural artifacts or activities such as ceremonies, festivals, local customs, etc., that reflect a connection between past and present.




And the winners are! 



MyMy Pham

1st Place


Independent Volunteer Program- Franciscan Charity Project, 2013


Tonle Sap Survival Floating Boat


Cambodia. This picture was taken at a Poor Vietnamese Floating Village in Cambodia of a boy taking his brother to school on a Floating Boat fully made out of foams. It just to show you how creative and original humans can be when it comes to surviving in a modern world.



Anna Salvador 

2nd Place


ISEP Direct University of Hyderabad, India


2013 Peace within the Chaos


India. Along this road, you experience bustling crowds and chaos, but one step in either direction places you within an ancient palace and a large mosque. These centers of peace are being split down the center by modern India, a bustling marketplace. The combination of old and new, coexisting seamlessly.





Mikaela Samuels 

3rd Place


SDSU Exchange Program


2013 Parasol Back To The Future  


England. Located in London's most renowned food market since the 13th century, umbrellas hang, fashioning a twist between London's infamous dull, rainy reputation with its trendy, modern culture.  These colorful and vibrant umbrellas display the eternal true spirit of London; this same spirit that has, and always will, have my heart. 













J. Spencer Cadden 

Honorable Mention


SDSU Chinese Criminal Justice Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program


2013 Cellular Tradition


China. Roaming the back-streets of Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, I noticed a woman selling local fruits wearing a traditional golden Chinese hat. While purchasing fruit from her she pulled out her cell phone and began to text in Pinyin Chinese, which automatically translated to traditional text. Mixing traditional attire with modern technology. 

Julio Perez

Honorable Mention 

SDSU Exchange


2012 La gondola del progresso (The Gondola of Progress)


Italy. In the calm, pristine water canals of Venice, Italy, a lone gondola heads towards the restoration project of the old Baroque-style cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute, representing the modern movement towards progress in a highly-pious region full of traditions and principles, effectively juxtaposing past and present in one image.