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Off-Campus Study Photo Contest

The ACM Off-Campus Study Photo Contest celebrates the powerful stories and transformed perspectives that result from students' study away experiences. 

The annual contest awards prizes for photos taken by students on ACM off-campus study programs that transcend the typical tourist shot. These photographs should demonstrate cross-cultural learning, active engagement with the local culture, creativity, and artistry.

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.

The Blessing by Madeline Huff

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

See the winning photos from the 2015-16 contest

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.