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2009 - 2010 Photo Contest

2010 Photo Contest

In recognition of International Education Week, the University of Memphis’ Study Abroad Program presented an International Photo Contest exhibit November 15 - 19, 2010. The photos were taken by University of Memphis students while studying abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year.  Each of the thirty contest entries are listed below, along with the descriptions provided by their respective photographers.

First Place Winner: Common Ground
by Jesse Gillespie
Osaka, Japan
First Place Winner: Common Ground I met these two guys on the top floor of an arcade where there were pool tables. In my nervously broken Japanese, I asked if I could play a game of pool with them. Once we started playing, the language didn't matter. We found common ground and I will always remember the fun I had with the people like me from the other side of the world.

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Second Place Winner: "If You Get Hit, You'll Die!"
by Jack Adcock
Gifu, Japan
Second Place Winner: The man on top is shoveling snow off the roof of this historic house in Shirakawa-go, Gifu. As he is shoveling, he yelled at the tourists below, "If you get hit, you'll Die!"

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Third Place Winner: A Walk with New Friends
by Rebecca Jolissaint
San Pedro, Dominican Republic
Third Place Winner: A Walk with New Friends Children are the same anywhere... friendly and outgoing, wanting to play games as we walked, and showing us their favorite things about their villlage. We didn't speak Spanish and they didn't speak English, but we didn't need a translator to have fun together and see the village from their viewpoint.

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Honorable Mention: Mutual Intrigue
by Bridget Dunnavant
Beijing, China
Honorable Mention: Mutual Intrigue I notice something beautiful in the honest curiosity of Chinese children peering out at us, the boatload of Americans arriving on shore. I then realize it was my own yearning to understand the difference from myself that brought me to this moment in which I could capture this mutual intrigue.

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A Taste of Venice
by Stephanie Adney
Venice, Italy
A Taste of Venice One of the beautiful things about Italy is that, no matter where you go, a glass of wine will never be far.

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Los Desaparecidos de Argentina
by Pete Albrecht
Argentina
Los Desaparecidos de Argentina Over 30,000 individuals are estimated to have been killed or kidnapped during the military junta in Argentina from the 1970s to the early 1980s. In memory of the lost ones, or los desaparecidos, millions of Argentines this year participated in a memorial day dedicated to los desaparecidos during the celebratory week of Argentina's bicentennial. I attended this event with one of my Argentine professors who sadly explained to me that many of his colleagues in academia had been kidnapped or killed. Along with many other Argentines, my professor hopes one day his colleagues and other los desaparecidos will return.

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The View From Here
by Mary Bandy
Florence, Italy
The View From Here We hiked most of the morning to get to the top of the hill across the river. The view from San Miniator was incredible. From here we saw exactly where we would be making our homes for a while.

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The Streets of Florence
by Ilia Bethea
Florence, Italy
The Streets of Florence What better way to submerge into a culture than eating their food? While exploring the city I followed my nose into a wonderful cafe that had the best sandwhich (bread, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and olive oil) I ever ate. Simple yet delicious is Italian food at its best! Yummy!

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Two Thumbs Up For Peace
by Brian Booker
Itakura, Japan
Two Thumbs Up For Peace After a day with the 5th graders of Itakura Elementary School during the scare of the Bird Flu Season in Japan, this moment represents to me one of the first times I realized it was okay to be different, because no matter how vast our differences in culture and tradition, we are all one people under the same Rising Sun.

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Ordinary But Extraordinary
by Mikki Carver
Florence, Italy
Ordinary But Extraordinary Who lives here? In the short time I stayed in Florence, Italy I had an opportunity to peek behind this door by living in an Italian apartment and experiencing Italian people, food and culture.

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Harmony
by Lucas Chinn
Japan
Harmony When I went to Japan, I fell in love. This picture embodies the perfect balance of everything I cherish from my study abroad experience. Culture, nature, history, architecture, the city, and the people, all working in perfect harmony. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I could write a book on this one.

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Diversity in CR
by Lauren Crabtree
San Jose, Costa Rica
Diversity in CR An exhibit in the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, my friend and I were taking "Where's Waldo" themed shots in the city. I crept into the exhibit for Kim to make this shot. It was fun and games at the time however, when the photo was developed, we realized that the diversity represented in the photo was more telling than we had thought.

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View from San Miniato
by Michael Darough
Florence, Italy
View from San Miniato This photograph overlooks the city of Florence, Italy from the top of San Minato, which is a small hillside across the Arno River. I hiked to the top many times with various individuals I met along the way.

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Frutas y Verduras: Fruits and Vegetables
by Stephanie Dodrill
San Jose, Costa Rica
Frutas y Verduras: Fruits and Vegetables In this photo, my host sister is buying tomatoes from a vendor. She took us there so we could interact with other "ticas" and practice our Spanish. I was nervous at first, but she made us buy items to try. It was an unforgettable cultural and learning experience.

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La guitarra costarricense (The Costa Rican Guitar)
by Alex Fancher
Costa Rica
La guitarra costarricense (The Costa Rican Guitar) Many nights after dinner my host father, or "Papa Tico," would get out his guitar and play Spanish songs for my roommates and me. My Papa Tico was an excellent guitarist and taught me about Costa Rican culture and music. This picture is of my Papa Tico Jorge, my roommate Lauren, and me.

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A Typical Afternoon in Cedros
by Chad Forsythe
San Jose, Costa Rica
A Typical Afternoon in Cedros Studying abroad is much more than accumulating factual knowledge. It is a total immersion into a culture entirely different than one's own. In this photograph, I am experiencing the rain as I never have before! While the sheer amount was an element entirely foreign to me, this was just another typical day in a typical neighborhood in Costa Rica.

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Of Roots and Stone
by Meghan Geiss
Beijing, China
Of Roots and Stone In the midst of a sensory surplus in unfamiliar surroundings, this was a rare and precious moment in which I, a solitary westerner living in the twenty-first century, was privileged to intimately absorb the beauty and integrity of a cultural emblem of Chinese sacrifice, pride and deep-rooted tradition.

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Serenity in Bruges
by Emily Gutknecht
Bruges, Belgium
Serenity in Bruges While strolling around the Market Square in Bruges, Belgium, I happened upon a picturesque scene, one you would only imagine in your dreams. With the bright blue sky and billowy clouds adding a beautiful backdrop to an already beautiful city, the detailed architecture and quaint outdoor cafes reveal the quinessential spirit of Bruges. The row of bicycles is proof of a simpler and slower paced life, one that consumes the thousands of tourists that visit this enchanting place every year. While in Bruges, time stood still and serenity swept over me.

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"Sisu"
by Jason Hurst
Lapland, Finland
It was while dog sledding through Lapland that I truly began to understand "sisu", a central aspect of Finnish culture meaning, "will, determination, and perseverance." The crisp Arctic air and few hours of precious daylight leading us through this winter wonderland provided a stark contrast to my frozen fingers and toes.

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Polly Want a Cracker (zoo) San Juan, Costa Rica
by James Johnson
San Juan, Costa Rica
Polly Want a Cracker (zoo) San Juan, Costa Rica One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Costa Rica definitely has some of the best wildlife, foresty, beaches and much more to offer its tourists. As you can see, this unique parrot displays some of the rare wildlife and animals this country has to offer.

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Via dei Malcontenti
by Katie Maish
Florence, Italy
Via dei Malcontenti I experienced some culture shock upon arrival in Florence, but over time I became more comfortable immersing myself into daily life and interacting with locals. In this photo, a mother guides her two children along Via dei Malcontenti. Their blurred movement within the frame visually describes my immersion into the city of Florence.

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"We failed the Tebbit Test!"
by David Maloy
England
In 1990, Norman Tebbit, a senior conservative politician in England, responded to growing concerns of diminishing English status in the cricket world by issuing the "Tebbit Test." This test stated that one's "Britishness," with regards to immigrant assimilation, could be determined by which team one supported on English soil. In 2010, violence and natural disaster forced the Pakistani national team to relocat all of their home games to Lord's Cricket Ground, the home of cricket and a significant symbol of "Britishness."

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Untitled
by Alexandra Marzella
Florence, Italy
Untitled This photo was taken on a rainy afternoon in Florence, Italy. The day was a little stormy, but it just added to the beauty and romance of the city. This young couple walking back from the market made me realize the beauty of the small moments in everyday life.

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Not so Far From home
by DePrincia McClain
London, England
Not so Far From home This photo reveals the feelings that some London natives have regarding the war in Iraq. I realized that their feelings aren't so different those of Americans, making me realize I wasn't so far from home. However even with the signs and the tents, I can't ignore the beautiful architecture in the background.

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In Flanders Fields
by Kelsey Robson
Spain
In Flanders Fields "In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row on row..." John McCrae. When I left Canada to study at the University of Memphis, I said goodbye to many wonderful traditions. One of those was Rembrance Day: observing a minute of silence for the lives lost during times of war, and wearing poppies across the heart. The Spanish countryside, painted red by fields of these beautiful flowers, was a bittersweet reminder of my homeland and its sacrifices.

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An American in Crevillente
by Jessica Swan
Creilleute, Spain
An American in Crevillente Traveling from a Moroccan tea house with Spanish friends found me in a bar in Crevillente celebrating a world cup victory over Chile. Having never met an American, Alba and Paula were convinced that I, being from Tennessee, knew Hannah Montana. While no relative, I am an amabassador of goodwill.

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La Tradicion
by Ashley Watts
Murcia, Spain
La Tradicion Although many consider it cruel and inhumane, bullfighting continues to lure loyal Spaniards and curioius tourists. On February 21, 2010, Marcia's Plaza de Toros filled with those eagerly awaiting the promised seven performances of man versus bull. Before releasing bull "numero uno," players salute the President, surrendering their lives for our entertainment.

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Love is the Same in Every Language
by Mary Wilks
San Pedro, Dominican Republic
Love is the Same in Every Language At CAES we faced significant language barriers, as every word spoken required translation into Spanish which then had to be translated into Dominican sign language. However, "I love you" is the same in both American and Dominican sign language, which reminded me that love truly is the universal language, understood by all.

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