4th Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest | Webster University

4th Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest

Photos for this year's photo contest were submitted under the following four categories:

  • Nature: Plants, landscapes, waterscapes, wildlife, panoramic views and outdoor activities
  • Architecture: Buildings, cityscapes, landmarks, monuments, or places of interest
  • Cross-Cultural Moments: Cultural events, interaction with host culture, defining moment, fairs, ceremonies, holiday celebrations, local festivals, or other cultural activities
  • Global Gorlok: Study Abroad student(s) showing Webster pride abroad (banner, logo, Gorlok, etc.) wearing WU attire in a unique international setting or gathering, or participating in Webster activities and/or excursions.
Nature-Winner Victoria Caswell
Obscure Brightness
Description: On our First tripe outside of Geneva, we went to Saint-Cergue and I had my camera in my hand. Later that night, to my surprise, I realized my camera was on the black and white setting. Because of my oversight, obscure brightness can be appreciated to its fullest.
Location: Saint-Cergue, Switzerland
 Obscure Brightness
Architecture-Winner Lauren Blankenship
Monkeys, Dragons, and Doggies, Oh My!
Description: I came up on this scene as a few friends and I were talking around admiring Khao Takiab temple and I thought it was interesting how soundly the dog was sleeping around all the energetic monkeys. There's also a lot of architecture to be seen, such as the reflection of the dragon in the window and the statue of the lion. This chaotic photo is truly a representative of Thai culture.
Location: Khao Takiab Mountain Temple in Hua-Hin, Thailand
Monkeys and Dragons and Doggies
Cross-Cultural Moments-Winner Katie Rochester
Phraya Nakhon Cave Shrine
Description: After hiking 2 kilometers up a mountain in Sam Roi Yot National park, we came across a sign for a cave shrine. From the top of the hill you have to hike down into the cave one kilometer towards the actual cave shrine. There are many spectacles within the cave shrine such as dry waterfall, signature of the kings, death-bridge and the kings thrown as well as a place for prayer.
Location: Sam Roi Yot National Park, Cha-Am,Thailand
 Cave Shrine
Global Gorlok-Winner Ryan Frenette
Life Lens
Description: During after-class walks from home, I tend to snap off a few shots for fun and some just happen to be just right. Many remember their lives through a lens; this was a mutual moment for myself and a fellow student subject.
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands (in front of Webster Campus)
 Life Lens
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Aisawan Thiphya-Asana Pavilion--Shawna Singharath
Description: Phra Thinang Aiswan Thphya-Asana is a Thai style pavilion built in the middle of a pond by King  Chulalongkorn in 1876.
Location: Bang Pa-In Royal Palace in Ayutthaya
Aisawan Thiphya-Asana Pavilion
An Evening in Prague--Hannah Joseph
Description:  Charles Bridge and Prague castle are two iconic things to do when visiting Prague. To add even more enchantment to this fairytale city, viewing them from a tall tower at sunset is the perfect moment.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
 An Evening in Prague
Chandelier in the Cathedral--Justin Cunningham
Description: In Geneva there is a small Cathedral that we visited during the first week of being in Switzerland. The picture is actually of an extra room in the cathedral, when you walk into it you look up and you see this beautiful hand painted ceiling.
Location: Saint Pierre Cathedral. Geneva, Switzerland
 Chandelier in the Cathedral
Eye Love London--Linzey Cortner
Description: This is a photograph of my favorite landmark in London, taken across the Thames river in January.
Location: London, UK
 Eye Love London
In Innsbruck--Claire Ryterski
Description: My family and I traveled to Innsbruck during Fall Break. Shortly after we arrived, my brother asked why we had chosen to visit Innsbruck. We walked around town for a few minutes before coming across this scene—the mountains partially shrouded in mist, looming over us. It was unreal. My mom simply replied, “This. This is why we're here.
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
 In Innsbruck
London Rain--Ellie Brokaw
Description: I took this photo from the top of the London eye. This photo is of the Parliament/Big Ben. It was raining and there were drops on the glass, which when combined with the flash, created the spots.
Location: The London Eye, London, UK
 London Rain
Louvre Pyramid--Landon Brownfield
Description: This photo was from the side of the museum, where you can see two of the glass pyramids that make up the entrance to the Louvre Museum.
Location: Louvre Museum, Paris, France
 Louvre Pyramid
Postcard of Greece--Ann Kreitman
Description: The town of Oia, where the sidewalks are made of marble is the most beautiful town on Santorin, itself being one of the most beautiful Greek Islands. Every view was surreal in its magnificence.
Location: Santorini, Greece
 Postcard of Greece
Prague Gets by With a Little Help From Its Friends--Amy Clark
Description: In this photo, two friends add their contributions to the Lennon Wall in Prague, a monument similar to the Abbey Road wall in London. People from all over the world travel to Prague to add a piece of themselves to the wall in the form of a meaningful song lyric, a symbol,     a flag, or even a piece of chewed gum. As a result, the wall constantly changes with the world around it. This picture is special because written above the two friends helping each other to leave their mark, a previous contributor had written around the portrait of John Lennon, Les aventures des 2 amis… which translates from French to English: The adventures of 2 friends. This coincidental quote summarizes quite literally the two artists I photographed.
Location: Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic
 Prague Gets By
Pride in Biking--Kate Tary
Description: In the streets of the Netherlands, people ride bikes everywhere. This shot stuck out to me particularly because all three bikes looked alike. They looked as if they were placed outside a house for decoration. I really fell in love with how this house brought out one of the main features of Holland—bikes.
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands
Pride in Biking
Richard the Lionheart--Samuel Drahl
Description: In a bustling London, it's hard to find a single subject to photograph in a crowded city like  London. Richard the Lionheart resides outside the palace of Westminster, a stone's throw away from Big Ben. With the Majestic Westminster windows supplying a background, the black statue of the late king showcases England's history.            
Location: House of Parliament, London
 Richard the Lionheart
Singapore--Leala McCollum
Location: Boat tour of the city, Singapore
Urban Seaside--Lily Voss
Description: During the two-week photo program in Tuscany, we went to a different location every day  to shoot with large format cameras. I loved the mix of the extreme blue sea with the graffiti and the rugged boat. Relaxing yet urban.     
Location: Rosignano Solvay in Tuscany, Italy
 Urban Seaside
Wooden Windmill--Sierra Myers
Description: This is the molen ‘De Put in Leiden, which is a replica of a corn mill that burned down in 1640. It sits right by the Webster campus. I loved seeing it every time I left the dorm building. I used a tilt-shift lens in this shot.
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands
 Wooden Windmill
Cross-Cultural Moments
Bursting with Delight--Claire Ryterski
Description: I watched this street performer in the center of Prague at a Christmas market. He was making these gigantic bubbles with just some solution and a round string attached to two sticks. A little girl was mesmerized by the floating, bursting bubbles and chased after them for several minutes.         
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
 Bursting with Delight
Cave Buddha--Anna Welsch
Description: These Buddha statues sat peacefully mediating at the bottom of the Khao Luang Cave.
Location: Khao Luang, Thailand
 Cave Buddha
Don't Move--Lily Voss
Description: Two teenage boys were playing music just inside the infamous Bruges Bell tower while a local painter captured just that. I love getting these unseen perspectives.
Location: Bruges, Belgium
 Don't Move
Impulsive Opportunity-Victoria Caswell
Description: Before going to Zermatt, I knew at some point, I wanted to make this picture happen. The second day of our trip brought just that. A large group went on a hike and I knew that this spot would be the perfect background for this impulsive opportunity.
Location: Zermatt, Switzerland
Impulsive Opportunity
Long Neck--Leala McCollum
Location: Chaing Mai Long Neck Tripe
 Long Neck
Modern Tradition--Karly Ellis
Description: This photo was taken in a temple on the palace grounds in Ayuttaya. This monk was blessing those that walked in to pray. I like the way the electric fan in the background adds a modern feel to the ancient practices. To me, this is a symbol of modern Thai culture.
Location: Ayuttaya, Thailand
 Modern Tradition
Scuba Diving at Koh Tao with Webster University Students--       Diego Alarcon
Description: Koh Tao is an island located in the south of Thailand. It is a beautiful place to visit and the biggest attraction is Scuba Diving. Is consider the third most beautiful place for dive and you can find all type of fishes, sharks, turtles, corals, etc. It was a cross-cultural moment because it was my first dive experience with the Webster University students from all over the world. It was awesome and I will never forget it.
Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
Scuba Diving
Tranquility in Orange--Kyla Kiefer
Description: This photo was taken in the hopes to capture young monks out visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok without them being aware of me or my camera. I took two shots with my camera at my waist and ended up with this being the best. This accidental shot sums up my time in Thailand: spirituality, exploration, tranquility, and being a young spirit.
Location: Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
 Tranquility in Orange
Untitled--Jennifer Myers
Description: By some happy coincidence, my 20th birthday and Oktoberfest were on the same weekend while I was abroad. I decided that attending would be the perfect birthday idea, and also give me an opportunity to see my old host family/best friends from Stuttgart. Little do some people know, Stuttgart hosts the second biggest Oktoberfest celebrations next to Munich. They call it Wasen. Also, there is more to Oktoberfest than just drinking but also games, rides, and delicious     food! I celebrated with my friends at the fair, and had a great time. While on the Ferris wheel, I was able to take this photo of the celebrations, the crazy crowd and other Ferris wheel across the way!
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Untitled Photo
Global Gorlok
Look Beyond--Kate Tary
Description: I took this photo in the common area in the university. I enjoyed how I could see the canal through the writing.
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands, Webster University in the Netherlands
 Look Beyond
A Boat in Still Water--Amy Clark
Description: After traveling to see the Chateau de Chillon in Switzerland on a Webster-sponsored field trip, we took a boat ride across beautiful Lac Leman, or Lake Geneva. I observed this simple boat from our decks and was instantly reminded of a water color painting. Art imitates life and life imitates art.
Location: Lac Leman, Switzerland
 A Boat in Still Water
Ao Manao Mountain--Katie Rochester
Description: Located within the Royal Thai Air Force Residence, this photo was taken rt the top of Ao Manao, a two-kilometer hike. The trail is lined with ropes and wooden ladders leading the way to the top where a shrine is located. Honestly one of the most beautiful sights within the Prachaup Khiri Khan area.
Location: Prachuap Khiri Kan, Thailand
 Ao Manao Mountain
Boat on the Beach--Karly Ellis
Description: Taken on my first trip to the beach by the hotel. It was during low tide and this boat was sitting on the sand far from the water. In Thailand, long tail boats are often decorated with silk scarves and flower chains for protection from the gods while out to sea.         
Location: Hua-Hin, Thailand
 A Boat on the Beach
Day 4, Sunset--Ann Kreitman
Description: After climbing to the top of the marble town of Oia on Santorini, we were rewarded with one of the most breathtaking sunsets I've even seen.         
Location: Santorini, Greece
 Day 4 Sunset
Honey the Elephant--Anna Welsh
Description: To celebrate new friendships and new adventures, a few of us went to Hua Hin vineyards. We enjoyed a spectacular dinner, amazing views, and we got to interact with these beautiful creatures.         
Location: Hua-Hin, Thailand
Honey the Elephant
Koh Tao Skies--Hannah Joseph
Description: Every night, without fail, Koh Tao (turtle island) has the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life. This is one I was lucky enough to capture in a photograph.
Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
 Koh Tao Skies
Luang Pu Taut's Garden--Kyla Kiefer
Description: While visiting an outdoor wat (Buddhist temple), I saw this beautiful lotus in the middle of a crowded garden. It gave me peace and serenity despite all of the people bustling around me, reminding me that there is always calm within the storm.
Location: Wat Huai Mongkhon in Hua-Hin, Thailand
 Luang Pu Taut's Garden
Night Life--Ryan Frenette
Description: In front of my old apartment in Holland, the colors and setting evoke in me a night life emotion. I feel the photo is vibrant in both young and elegant architecture, composition, and design.
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands (in front of Webster Campus)
Night Life
Piazza di San Pietro, Citta del Vaticano--Landon Brownfield
Description: I took this photo at the top of the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Rome, Italy. The picture is of Saint Peter's Square, the morning the cardinals went into conclave to elect the new Pope.
Location: Vatican City, Rome, Italy
 Piazza di San Pietro
Scuba Diving at Koh Tao-Alarcon--Diego Alarcon
Description: Koh Tao is an island located near the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km squared. The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving. The island is known for its numerous dive sites and its     incredible paradises. While diving you can see turtles, reef sharks, whale sharks and lots of small fish.
Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
 Scuba Diving at Koh Tao
The Decomposing Crab--Lauren Blankenship
Description: Just one of my many discoveries during an evening beach walk.
Location: Hua-Hin Beach, Thailand
 Decomposing Crab
Tulip Rows--Sierra Myers
Description: Some of my favorite things about studying abroad in the Netherlands were the huge flower fields that began to bloom when spring came around. I especially liked it when they weren't perfect, like this pink tulip that had one accidental red bloom.
Location: Hillegom, the Netherlands
Tulip Rows
Untitled--Jennifer Myers
Description: My friend and I took a day trip to see the picturesque town of Hallstatt. We waited until late in the year, making it one of our last trips and in the winter. Much to our excitement, because we waited, a snowstorm hit Hallstatt right before our adventure. When we arrived it was like walking into a holiday greetings card. Frank Sinatra was playing over a loudspeaker, the Christmas markets were up, and the Alps were blanketed in snow. We were so excited to get to see the city in a different type of climate than those who went before. We hiked through the mountains in the freezing temperatures, which is where I was able to snap this beautiful photo.
Location: Hallstatt, Austria
 Untitled Photo
Up the Mountain--Justin Cunningham
Description: This picture is from my mountain adventure on top of Mount Blanc. I submitted this picture because it's not your typical mountain picture it has a unique angle to it.
Location: Mount Blanc, France
 Up the Mountain
Up, Up & Away--Carlos Burgos
Description: I took my first trip alone to Nice and Cannes, France. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone even more by traveling to different cities and countries by myself. This was my second study abroad experience.
Location: Swiss Alps
Up Up and Away