Winning entries will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Originality: Every year we receive many photos of familiar sights. These places are beautiful and therefore very photogenic, and pictures from these places are sometimes prize-winners. However, the judges are also looking for images from an unusual or new perspective, so the winning photos must stand out from the crowd.
- Embodiment of OIE's mission of actively promoting international and intercultural understanding: Judges are looking for photos and accompanying descriptions that depict an immersion into another culture or a demonstration of how you have developed as a result of learning globally.
- Relevance of accompanying photo description: Your photo description should be used to reinforce your representation of a cross-cultural experience.
- Photographic/artistic quality: Judges will consider clarity, composition, focus, lighting, and other technical aspects of the photo.
A judging committee will choose a winner in each submission category (People & Events, Places, and Things) in both the Study Abroad and International Student & Scholars contests. The overall Top 25 will also receive Honorable Mention. The judging committee will be composed of judges from across campus (Office of International Education staff as well as faculty and staff from various departments). Photos are judged anonymously.