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2015-16 Photo Contest

See the winning photos and comments from the students who took them!
The Blessing

1st Place: The Blessing

Serengeti Stars

2nd Place: Serengeti Stars


3rd Place: Prague


4th Place: Felicidad

Living History

Fans' Choice: Living History

The statue of a saint in a church in Florence, illuminated by sunlight streaming through a window, was the subject of the winning photo in the 2015-16 ACM Off-Campus Study Photo Contest.

Madeline Huff

Madeline Huff, winner of the ACM Photo Contest.

Madeline Huff, a junior at Coe College, was awarded 1st Place for The Blessing, a photo she took during a field trip for a class on the ACM Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture program in fall 2015.

Huff's picture was selected by the panel of judges from among 95 images entered in the ACM Photo Contest this year. The entries were submitted by 35 students who participated in ACM off-campus study programs in spring and fall 2015.

The judges chose three other prize-winners:

2nd PlaceSerengeti Stars by Grace Brandt, St. Olaf College

3rd PlacePrague by Abbey Thomsen, St. Olaf College

4th PlaceFelicidad 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.

The five students received cash prizes for their photos of $350 for 1st Place, $200 for 2nd Place, $150 for 3rd Place, and $100 each for 4th Place and the Fans' Choice Award.

Contest entries were submitted by students who studied in Costa Rica, Italy, Jordan, China, Botswana, Tanzania, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. The subjects they captured in their photos range from scenes of rural life and beautiful countryside in Costa Rica to striking views of wildlife in Tanzania to the “seductive rhythm” of narrow streets and sidewalk cafes in Italy.

The annual ACM Photo Contest showcases the prominent role of off-campus study at ACM colleges and the consortium's long history of offering study away opportunities.

Reflecting that tradition, the contest judges favored photos that transcend a typical tourist shot to demonstrate cross-cultural learning, students actively engaging with the local culture, and the interdisciplinary nature of liberal arts education. Creativity, artistry, and overall quality in the composition of the photos were also considered in the judging.