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International photography winners on exhibit in Bricker Hall

Photos were submitted in three categories to the International Photography Competition, an annual contest open to all members of the Ohio State community. A panel of three Ohio State judges selected first, second, and third place winners in People, Places and Food, and honored one selection with the overall Best in Show award. Additionally, 21 photos were awarded honorable mention recognition. All entries in the competition were judged on the basis of artistic expression, creativity, originality, and quality of image.

More than 100 members of the campus community (6 faculty, 14 staff, 35 graduate students and 51 undergraduate students) submitted 238 photographs across the three categories. Senaka Goonewardena, an undergraduate student, earned the Best in Show award for his submission “A Praying Fisherman” that he photographed in Sri Lanka. Two photos taken in Argentina were honored with awards. “The Prisoner’s Face” won Germanic Languages and Literatures faculty member Bernhard Malkmus a 1st place award in the People category and graduate student Marcela Santos won 1st place in the Places category for her entry, “El Caminito.” Undergraduate student Mackenzie Rapp’s photo “Matunda” won 1st place in the Food category.

Photos were taken in 50 different countries, including 28 in Turkey, 23 in China, 19 taken in Italy, 16 in India, and 16 in Japan. The places category had the most total submissions with 99 photos entered while 87 photographs were submitted in the people category and 51 images were submitted in the food category.

All submissions to the competition will also be considered for a traveling exhibit that is loaned to schools and community organizations throughout the country. Coordinated by the Office of International Affairs, this exhibit has visited 29 schools in Ohio, as well as schools in 12 other states. Over the past few years, more than 15,200 parents, teachers and students have viewed the traveling photos.

The exhibition opening reception took place in Bricker Hall on November 17 during which the winning entries were unveiled and the photographers were recognized. Dieter Wanner, associate provost for international affairs and global strategies, spoke about the importance of celebrating and promoting international educational exchange by stimulating students’ interest and empowering them to connect their own experience with global conditions. The reception coincided with International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Caroline Meyer and Victor van Buchem of the Office of International Affairs organize the annual photography competition and exhibition.