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.
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
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!
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
- At least 1 MB in size
- Saved as Last name.First name _location_term_category.jpg (ex: smith.john_london.england.unitedkingdom_ spring2014_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)
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 and the Media Release Form in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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
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 email@example.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!
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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizes: the winner in each category will receive a $300 scholarship!
Spring 2014 Photo Contest Winner, Victoria Conyers
Winter 2014, Australia, Hilltoppers Abroad
Spring 2014 Photo Contest Winner, Heather Sterns
Winter 2014, Belize, Global Classroom
Spring 2014 Photo Contest Winner, Spencer Wright
Winter 2014, Kenya, Cultural Encounter
Spring 2014 Photo Contest Winner, Emily Gott
Winter 2014, Australia, New Horizons
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