Skip to main content

Carolina Global Photography Competition

People looking at framed photos.

The 2023 Carolina Global Photography Competition Exhibition is now on display! Visit the FedEx Global Education Center to view it in person. Learn more.

View the online gallery
The 2022 competition deadline has passed. When the 2023 competition opens, the deadline and submission link will be listed on this webpage. To receive information about future competitions and other global opportunities and events, please sign up for our monthly newsletter.

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to submit photos that capture global experiences, connections and perspectives as part of the 2022 Carolina Global Photography Competition. Winning photos as well as photos receiving honorable mention will be displayed in the FedEx Global Education Center as part of our Spring 2023 building exhibition.

Over the course of more than two decades, the Carolina community has submitted around 8,000 photos for consideration in this amateur photo competition, and 500 photographs have been displayed as part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs’ annual exhibition.

Submission Guidelines

Each photographer may submit up to three photographs by midnight of the competition deadline.

Photos may represent any world region, and there is no restriction on the time period in which the photograph was taken. Entries will be judged on the basis of artistic merit and context, and special consideration will be given to images that are distinctive and embrace new perspectives.

Before you submit your photograph to the Carolina Global Photography Competition, please review our guidelines for ethical photography. If there are identifiable subjects in your photos, you must acknowledge that you acquired their consent as part of your submission.

Competition FAQ

Yes! But by submitting your photo to the contest, you provide permission for Carolina to use your photos for marketing and advertising purposes for both print and digital media. Please refer to Carolina Global Photography Competition terms and conditions in the submission form for more details.

We love to promote the global experiences of our Carolina students, faculty and staff. In the past, photos have been used on various Carolina websites and social media, printed in publications such as Endeavors magazine and the Alumni Review, and used in promotional materials such as brochures, calendars and annual reports. 

No, you can submit a photo from your personal travel experiences as well as global experiences you have had in the U.S. There is also no requirement about when the photo was taken. The photo could be from this summer or from 20 years ago and from Carrboro or Khartoum!

Yes! UNC Global acknowledges the ongoing global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and recognizes that even as travel was restricted, we have all continued to forge global connections in a myriad of other ways. We are interested in any photographs that capture global experiences, connections and perspectives domestically.

Yes! Part-time students and employees, students in joint programs and former UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff are all eligible to participate.

Winners will be notified via email in November using the email address included in your submission.

Photos will be exhibited in the FedEx Global Education Center beginning January 2023 and running through summer 2023. The exhibition is open to the public, and we welcome and encourage community members and community groups to view the photos on display. Learn more about building hours, location and parking.

The Carolina Global Photo Competition is led by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.