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Off-Campus Study Photo Contest

The Blessing by Madeline Huff

The Blessing by Madeline Huff from Coe College won 1st Place in the 2015-16 ACM Photo Contest.

The ACM colleges have been pioneers in off-campus study and have collaborated since the early 1960s to provide distinctive off-campus study opportunities in the U.S. and around the world.

The photos that students take while studying away tell powerful stories about the transformed perspectives that result from these experiences.

The ACM Off-Campus Study Photo Contest celebrates the important role that off-campus study plays in liberal arts education.

The annual contest awards prizes for photos taken by students that go beyond the typical tourist shot to demonstrate cross-cultural learning, that is, students actively engaged with the local culture during off-campus study.

Photos that illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of liberal arts education are favored, and creativity and artistry in the composition of the photos is also considered.

See the winning photos in the 2015-16 Contest

Madeline Huff

Madeline Huff

Madeline Huff, a junior from Coe College, was awarded 1st Place in the 2015-16 ACM Photo Contest for The Blessing, her photo of the statue of a saint in a Florentine church. She took the photo while participating in the fall 2015 ACM Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture program.

The contest judges also awarded prizes for three other photos:

  • 2nd Place — Serengeti Stars by Grace Brandt, St. Olaf College
  • 3rd Place — Prague by Abbey Thomsen, St. Olaf College
  • 4th Place — Felicidad by Erin Burk, Colorado College

In addition, the Fans' Choice Award went to Living History by Karla Lorena Huaman Ruiz from St. Olaf College, which received the most "likes" by visitors to the ACM Facebook page during week-long voting for the award.

A total of 95 photos were submitted for the 2015-16 Photo Contest by students who participated in ACM off-campus study programs in 2015.


Go to the Galleries to view all of the prize-winning photos from each year of the ACM Off-Campus Study Photo Contest:

The 2014-15 Grand Prize went to "A Learning Moment" by Mark Muniz (Knox College).

The ACM held its first Off-Campus Study Photo Contest in 2008-09 as part of the consortium’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The event and traveling exhibit proved to be so popular that it became an annual event.

Who we are

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium of independent, liberal arts colleges in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado.