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2015 International Photo Contest 

Theme - Experience Energy:  Images that portray energy in its myriad cultural forms and expressions, as it defines a culture, sustains our lives, and powers a global environmental system.

The Royal Guard Ceremony South Korea
Two children sitting on a motorcycle


Arial view of favelas in Brazil


billboards with photographs





Volcanic crater with smoke coming out
Railroad tracks and trees

And the winners are! 


Jerry Cheng

1st Place


Business major, CSU International Program - Fall 2015


"The Royal Guard Ceremony"


(Seoul, South Korea) Standing in the heart of South Korea, the force behind their explosive success is readily apparent: the determination and energy of its people. This symbolic ceremony that once protected the King takes place nearly every day, no matter the weather or temperature.




Deema Majaj

2nd Place


Kinesiology major, Independent Program: Chiang Mai University - Fall 2014


"Energy of the Future"


(Thailand) This photo, taken in a northern village in Thailand, encompasses not one, but two forms of energy. One is used to drive the Thai people to do their daily tasks and the other is the driver for the future of the world.

Colton Stowe

3rd Place


Business major, ISEP Direct: Fundaçao Armando Alveres Penteado - Spring 2015


"Powerfully Powerless"


(Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) Energy is what drives the world today and with millions of people living in this favela in Rio de Janeiro, a lack of sustainable energy can be detrimental. This photo shows what a difference light to dark can make.

Carolina Cano Macip

People's Choice Award


Biology major, International student at SDSU - Summer 2015


"The Vibrant Wall"


(Tijuana, Mexico)This image reflects the identity of a vibrant city built on immigrants. It shows the Tijuana-San Diego border where local artists like to display art, and where Mexicans often go and visit their loved ones who live on the other side.

Emmanuela Napata

Honorable Mention 

Business major, Independent Program: Universidad Latina - Summer 2015


"100% Renewable"


(Poas Volcano, Costa Rica) With the pursuit of being 100% renewable energy, Costa Rica has began to invest in geothermal energy by using the power of the sun and the heat of the volcanoes within the country. This is an amazing feat and by 2020 they will be a 100% renewable energy country.

Taylor Brenis

Honorable Mention 

Psychology major, Independent Program: Semester at Sea - Fall 2014


"A Walk Through Birkenau"


(Poland) Walking through Birkenau one can feel the energy of all those who have been there before. The struggles that the Jewish people went through can be sensed all around. This photo shows the tracks that transported people, crammed into cars like cattle, to the camps.