Arts and Culture

Exhibit features students’ study abroad photos

Students who traveled to India, Rome, Thailand and Australia make up the top four 2008 study-abroad photography contest winners. Their work will be on display in the Driscoll Gallery throughout April.

Megan Snead, who submitted A Colorful Community Providing the Bread of Life, won the Cultural Interaction category. Her photo was taken in a Sikh temple in Delhi, India.

“Learning about the Sikh religion was quite interesting,” says Snead, a junior international studies major. “We got the chance to participate in making the bread that the temple offers to everyone. We enjoyed being part of this local and community rich experience so much that after the tour, we went back to make more bread.”

Snead’s photo is one of 105 images submitted by 58 DU students who studied in 24 countries. For the sixth annual contest, the Office of Internationalization selected four winners and nine honorable mentions.

Bailey Ferguson took a self-portrait with the Roman Coliseum reflected in her sunglasses, winning the DU Students Abroad category.

“The picture was a reflection on my experience of first having an in depth knowledge of the monument and also the experience of traveling to Rome to see the coliseum,” Ferguson says.

The senior studio art major also got an honorable mention for a photograph of the Arno River in Florence.

“I was on a morning walk,” Ferguson says. “Passing over the Arno I noticed how incredibly still and reflective the water was. Suddenly a crew broke the water by skimming out from under the bridge. It was beautiful; a perfect moment and memory caught in time.”

Ferguson went to Italy through the Studio Art Center International program, one of more than 150 programs offered by DU.

“We’ve always known that the study-abroad experience DU offers its students enriches their lives,” says Katie Alley, internationalization administrative assistant. “Now we get to see moments of that experience through the photos students submit. We encourage everyone else to get a glimpse of it, too.”

The other winners were Urte Zableckas, whose Scaling Thailand photo won in the People category, and Garrod Moltz, winner of the Places category for his photo Depths.

The University’s Cherrington Global Scholars program offers DU students a way to spend time abroad while meeting their degree requirements and paying the same amount of tuition as they would on campus.

View the winning photos.

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