International Student Photo Contest

Share your global experience by entering your best photos snapped while studying in the U.S. into our annual photo contest.

International Student Photo Contest

The Global Programs International Student Photo Contest is an annual event that takes place during the Fall semester. The 2016 contest opens for submissions starting October 10th, but you can check out the categories in advance and snap away with one, or more, categories in mind.
Eligibility: This contest is open to all current international students. Winning photos will be announced during International Education Week and may also be featured on our website and in future promotions and publications. Photos can be submitted via email at with the Subject Line: International Student Photo Contest


Submit as many photos to each category as you want, but each photo can only be used once for a single category. And remember quality beats quantity!

Penn State Life: Pictures of Penn State students on campus demonstrating responsible school pride.
Global Classroom: Highlight students excelling adademically in a classroom, group, or other learning experience.
Discovering Scenes: Share your impressions of cityscapes and landscapes from your jouneys around the United States.
Cultural Community: Celebrate your expanding cultural experiences with the Penn State community.


A runner-up and winner will be selected for each category, and a grand prize winner (selected from the first-place photos) will recieve an additional, special prize.

Contest Rules

  • Every photo needs a short, descriptive caption.
  • Avoid inappropriate subject matter, such as drinking, swearing, nudity or any unlawful behavior.
  • Photo submissions cannot be featured in other promotional campaigns or violate privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights.
  • By submitting photos, you are granting Global Programs permission to use photos for promotional use.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • October 6, 2017: Contest closes (5:00 pm)
  • October 22, 2017: Winners are announced at the International Education Week (IEW) kick-off party

Submit a Photo into the International Student Photos Contest

  • Email photo submissions to with Subject Line: International Student Photo Contest
  • Include your name and identify the category which you are submitting the photo

Image Specifications

  • Please submit photos in a common image format such as a JPG, PNG, etc.
  • Please submit photos of the highest resolution available to you (ideally 300 dpi).
  • If possible, please submit photos that were taken with a camera, not your phone.  
  • If you used your phone, please try to submit photos that were not edited.


By submission of these photographs for this contest, I grant The Pennsylvania State University the right to use, reproduce and publish said photographs for any lawful purpose without compensation or any other consideration. I further affirm that I have gained approval from the subjects in the images I submitted and subjects are aware that Penn State University has the right to use, reproduce and publish said photographs for any lawful purpose without compensation or any other consideration.


Please contact with any questions about the photo contest or the submission process.