AIFS Capture the Culture Photo Contest

We're looking for pictures that "capture the culture" and your experience abroad. You and your friends studying over an espresso in Florence… a candid of your class’s excursion to Sagrada Familia… Your roommate wandering through the streets of La Boca in Buenos Aires... whatever makes you remember that special time and place that defined your trip overseas.

Whether its the perfect candid shot or a staged shot of your own design, we want to experience the essence of your time abroad and the country's culture through your eyes! Be creative, but no computerized effects or altered images please.

Grand Prize
For Best Overall Photo
Featured on AIFS Academic Year/
Semester Programs Catalog Cover

$250 Amazon Gift Card

Runner-Up Prize
Second Best Overall Photo
Featured on AIFS Summer
Programs Catalog Cover

$125 Amazon Gift Card

Category Prizes
One Winner Per Category

$25 Amazon Gift Card


Criteria and Description

Grand Prize + Runner Up The perfect cover shot should meet the following criteria:
  • Academic or scenic shots with students: Cover photos are best if they show students experiencing AIFS Study Abroad programs on an academic level (classroom or tour shots) and/or in their host cities/travels.
  • Small groups: A focused, small group of friends and AIFS acquaintances is best.
  • Diverse students: AIFS loves photos that are full of diversity to show that students of all genders and backgrounds love to travel and study abroad.
  • Clean and uncluttered shot: Cover shots should be simple and easy on the eye.
  • As candid as possible but posed is okay: Get creative with your shots (no selfies!), show us how you live in the moment while studying and traveling about.
  • Location, location! Make sure your photo is identifiable as a place abroad.
  • Full body shots: Please try to get photos where your friends are shown head to toe where possible.
Squad Goals
Organized group shots of you and your study abroad pals (3-6 people preferred)
The People's Champ
We’ll post our faves on Facebook and Instagram and the most popular wins!
In-class experiences, excursions or field trips you took with a professor, a cultural experience where you learned something new
City Life
The hustle and bustle, popular places, urban happenings, landmarks, architecture

  • No computerized effects or altered images, please.
  • The larger the image, the better.
  • Small photos from a camera phone are great for the web, but will not hold up in print.
  • Digital photos should be at least 6 MP and/or 1050x1500 pixels and/or 300 dpi

Deadline to Submit has been extended to June 10, 2019

The earlier you submit photos, the greater chance of being included in the 2020-2021 catalogs. Winners are announced in late Summer when the catalogs go to press.

Submit your entries via the form at the bottom of this page.

Please read these Terms & Conditions before submitting your entry.

Already submitted?

Photos that have already been submitted that meet the criteria will be automatically entered into the contest.

  • Photos may be used at any time in other AIFS Study Abroad marketing materials, including but not limited to: catalogs, brochures, flyers, posters, website, and social media. Payment will only be awarded for category-winning photos.
  • You may enter as many photos as you like, but only one prize will be awarded per student regardless of how many photos are used.
  • You may suggest a caption, but AIFS does not guarantee it will be used.
  • Pictures must be in good taste.
  • Photos will not be returned and will become the property of AIFS.
  • Hint: Photos taken in places where AIFS Study Abroad conducts programs may have a greater chance of winning. Click here to see full list of AIFS programs.

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