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Study Abroad Media Contests

Every semester, the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning invites study abroad alumni to submit their best photos, videos and writing pieces to the Study Abroad Media Contests. 

Eligibility

Fall contest: Degree-seeking WKU students who studied abroad during previous spring or summer

Spring contest: Degree-seeking WKU students who studied abroad during previous fall or winter

Submission deadlines

Fall: October 31st at midnight CST
Spring: March 31st at midnight CST

Voting for the Photo and the Video contest will take place on SAGL's Facebook page during the first two full weeks of November and April.  Writing entries will be judged by a panel of WKU faculty and staff. The winning media pieces will be featured on SAGL's Blog and Website.

Photo Contest

Share your best photos with the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning for a chance to win $200!

Categories:

WKU Global Classroom: captures educational engagement, including research or internship experiences

Cultural Encounters: captures interactions with local residents and the host culture

New Horizons: landscapes and cityscapes

Hilltoppers Abroad: WKU students showing their Hilltopper pride (must contain WKU logo)

Thank-You WKU: WKU students conveying a heart-felt thank-you to faculty, staff, and donors who helped make their experience possible

Maximum number of submissions: up to 5 photos per student, limit of 3 per category

Image requirements:

  • At least 1 MB in size
  • Saved as Firstname.Lastname_term_location_category.jpg (ex: John.Smith_spring13_England_HilltoppersAbroad.jpg)
  • Must have been taken during the student's study abroad program by the student submitting the photo (unless he or she is featured in the photo)

Selection Criteria:

Image quality: high resolution, in focus, good composition, etc.
Suitability for use in SAGL marketing materials: features positive aspects of the student's experience, people interactions, cultural and educational engagement, red towel photos, etc.

Submission Instructions: attach photos andthe Media Release Form in an email to wkustudyabroad@gmail.com with one-sentence captions for each photo in body of email.

Prizes: the student whose photo gets the most votes in each category receives a $200 scholarship!

Video Contest

Got video skills? Enter the Study Abroad Video Contest for a chance to win $300!

Maximum number of submissions: up to 3 videos per program

Video requirements:

  • 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length
  • Must be edited
  • Must have a title page and include your name, the name and location of your program, and the term you studied abroad
  • Must have a thank-you page that includes the offices that helped make your experience possible
  • Must be uploaded to YouTube

Selection Criteria:

Video quality: well produced and edited, good image and sound quality
Theme: all images, music, words and text should tie together to convey one unified theme
Suitability for use in SAGL marketing materials: features positive aspects of the student's experience, people interactions, cultural and educational engagement, etc.

Submission instructions: send the link to your YouTube video(s) along with the Media Release Form in an email to wkustudyabroad@gmail.com 

Prize: the winner will receive a $300 scholarship!

Writing Contest

Got writing skills? Enter the Study Abroad Creative Writing Contest for a chance to win $300!

Categories:

Reflective Piece: a non-fiction reflective piece focusing on any aspect of your experience on your WKU study abroad program or with the culture and people of your host country. The winning piece will be submitted to the Herald for possible publication

Poetry: poems focusing on any aspect of your experience on your WKU study abroad program or with the culture and people of your host country. The winning poem will be submitted to Zephyr for possible publication.

Maximum number of submissions: up to 3 submissions, 1 reflective piece and 2 poems

Submission requirements:

  • Written in English
  • Limit of 500 words
  • Has not been previously published
  • Must have title
  • Original—written solely by the student who has submitted the piece
  • Electronic—Saved as FirstName.LastName_Program_Term_Category.doc or .docx (example: John.Smith_Harlaxton_Spring2013_Poetry.docx) with 1" margins and 12 pt. Times New Roman font

Selection Criteria:

Content: creativity, style of written expression/articulation, organization of thought, extent to which it engages reader, positive message, lends itself to the promotion of study abroad
Writing quality: good grammar, syntax, diction, punctuation, and spelling

Submission instructions: email writing entries with the Media Release Form in an email to wkustudyabroad@gmail.com

Prizes: the winner in each category will receive a $300 scholarship!

 Photo Contest Hall of Fame

 

Photo contest winner, Nate Hovee (spring 2013)

Photo contest winner, Nate Hovee (spring 2013)

Photo contest winner, Emily Dahl (spring 2013)

Photo contest winner, Emily Dahl (spring 2013)

Photo contest winner, Jordan Campbell (spring 2013)

Photo contest winner, Jordan Campbell (spring 2013)

 Last Modified 11/20/13