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Congratulations to our 10th Annual SDSU International Photo Contest winners!

This year's theme was chosen in conjunction with the 2016-17 SDSU Common Experience


Experience Movement: 

Images capturing movement within everyday life of your host culture, in work, play, ceremony, and surroundings; either subtle or dynamic.


Students submitted narratives of 50 words or less that connected their photos to the contest theme, and explained why the image held meaning for them.


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First Place: Berber Path (Morocco) by Ashlynne Ray


First Place Berber Path

This photograph captures movement from foreign to familiar as two Berbers leave the camel- backed, wide-eyed travelers to climb the sand dune and disappear to their home camp in the Sahara.

Second Place: Don't Blink (Italy) by Avery Durko


Second place don't blink


In a world of constant change, all we can do is savor a moment. On a speeding boat ride through the Amalfi Coast, with waves crashing below me and clouds swirling above me, I was able to capture this moment in time, and relive this experience over and over.

Third Place: Reflected Movement (Japan) by Ashley Kahen


Third Place Reflected Movement


Being a part of the movement in Tokyo's daily hustle and bustle was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my time abroad in Asia. This photo encompasses Tokyo's fast-paced lifestyle while exhibiting its mesmerizing modern architecture.

Honorable Mention: Recess (Guatemala) by Sierra Gunberg


Honorable Mention Recess


This photo attempts to capture the unadulterated bliss (and chaos) that was the recess break in the school I volunteered for in Guatemala. The center child is relishing in some of the toys we brought for the students to enjoy.

Honorable Mention: Night Fountains (China) by Jamie Darling


Honorable Mention Night Fountains


This photo was taken on my last night in the city of Dengkou and holds a lot of meaning to me because that night we said goodbye to our students. The fountain has no barrier so children can run freely through it

People's Choice: Tower Bridge (UK) by Hayley O'Driscoll


People's Choice Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge, one of London’s most famous landmarks, lifts open to allow ships to pass by multiple times each day. Here, the bridge is currently opening for a vessel to pass through upstream. Traffic on the bridge comes to a standstill as the bridge opens and the vessel moves through.