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Carolina Global Photography Competition Celebrates 20th Anniversary

May 29, 2019
UNC Global Affairs

The 20th annual Carolina Global Photography Competition will be accepting submissions beginning June 1, 2019. This amateur competition, which is open to students, alumni, faculty and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, showcases Carolina’s global activity, educational opportunities, research and service work. The competition will run through September 15, 2019.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the competition and exhibition, UNC Global is adding a thematic area about celebration, focusing on “Global Celebrations and Festivals.” Submissions for this theme should showcase special occasions around the world, from birthdays and holidays to community festivities. The competition will also highlight photography taken during first international experiences in the new “First Time Abroad” category.

Photographers may submit up to three photos for the competition. Photos can come from any world region and may have been taken at any point in time. Competition entries will be judged on artistic merit and the wider context of the photo. Judges will look specifically for photos that are visually distinctive and provide less commonly represented perspectives.

Grand prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the competition. Prizes include a GoPro HERO Action Camera, gift certificates to local restaurants and 20×30 poster prints of image submissions.

In addition, Chancellor’s Choice awards will be given to three photos the Chancellor finds distinctive.

Regional spotlight awards will be given by the area studies centers and other units housed in the FedEx Global Education Center.

Finally, Thematic spotlights will be awarded for photos that incorporate the following themes:

  • Global Celebrations and Festivals
    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Global Photography Competition, special focus will be dedicated to special occasions around the world, from birthdays and holidays to community festivities. Did you capture a particularly striking moment of a celebration or a festival? Did you participate in the celebration or were you honored to be able to respectfully observe? Please remember that some religious and cultural celebrations should not be photographed or should only be photographed after obtaining permission.
  • Learning Moment
    Educational experiences can happen inside and outside the classroom, during volunteer work, field research and at any moment in our daily lives. Do you have a photograph that demonstrates a particularly illuminating learning experience?
  • Movement and Motion
    Movement in all forms surrounds us: people commute to work, water trickles down a waterfall, a train speeds along the tracks. Take a picture that captures movement around the world.
  • Global Perspectives within the U.S.
    Across the U.S., there are signs of our interconnected world and multicultural societies. Global experiences within the U.S. can be found in a range of contexts, from immigrant communities to food culture to linguistic diversity. What signs of global influence in the United States do you find intriguing?
  • A New Take on an Old Landmark
    Landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, the Sydney Opera House and the Gateway of India are instantly recognizable. What’s your new perspective on these historical places? How can they be seen through a “different lens?”
  • Nature’s Beauty
    Got that perfect shot of the sunset over the Zuytdorp Cliffs of Australia or a vista of the Bolivian Salt Flats? Submit your best photo that captures the breathtaking awe of nature you experienced during your travels.
  • School Spirit
    Did you show Carolina pride while you were abroad? Whether you found a Carolina blue sky in Rome or wore your favorite Carolina t-shirt for your trek up Machu Picchu, photos featuring Carolina spirit around the world are welcomed.
  • First Time Abroad
    First global experiences profoundly impact and influence future academic paths, aspirations and careers. Was your first time abroad with your family, a study abroad program, or perhaps through an international internship? Or was visiting the U.S. your first global experience? Whether your first experience was 20 years or two weeks ago, this spotlight will showcase images captured during first global journeys.

More information on the awards, thematic spotlights and posting guidelines can be found on the Carolina Global Photography Competition website.

The Carolina Global Photography Competition is a collaborative effort of the following UNC-Chapel Hill Departments and Centers:

African Studies Center 
Carolina Asia Center
Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies
Center for European Studies
Center for Global Initiatives
Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies
Curriculum in Global Studies
Global Relations
Institute for the Study of the Americas
International Student and Scholar Services
Study Abroad Office

Competition contact: Ingrid Smith, manager of global events and exhibitions,

Media contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations,

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