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2015 Photo Exhibit Features International Images By Buckeye Photographers

Best in Show - Fire and Ice, the glacier lagoonThe 2015 International Photography Exhibition on display in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union features 40 original photographs taken overseas in 19 different countries by 36 Ohio State students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars and alumni. The exhibition features a diverse selection of photographs taken in 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Scotland, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Paul Woo, an alumnus, earned the Best in Show award for his submission “Fire and Ice, the glacier lagoon” that he photographed in Iceland at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Undergraduate student Elliot Gilfix earned 1st Place in the Places category with his entry “La Seine” taken in Paris, France. Also captured in France, alumna Inga Smith earned 1st Place in the People category for her image “Town Meeting” taken in Aix-en-Provence. Undergraduate student Lindsey Kinderdine earned 1st Place in the Buckeye Pride Worldwide category with her photograph “A Traveling Nut” photographed in Horcón, Chile.

13 photographers in the exhibition are international and hail from five countries: China, France, India, Italy and Iran. 16 of the photographers are undergraduate students, seven are graduate students, seven are alumni of Ohio State, four are visiting scholars, two are faculty and one is staff at the university.

Photographs in the exhibition were first submitted in three categories to the International Photography Competition, an annual contest open to all members of the Ohio State community. More than 200 members of the campus community (8 faculty members, 13 staff, 16 visiting scholars, 24 alumni, 50 graduate students and 108 undergraduate students) submitted more than 400 photographs across three categories: People, Places and Buckeye Pride Worldwide. As part of the competition, the Ohio State photographers from 24 different countries submitted photographs taken in more than 50 countries. The Places category had the most total submissions with 197 photos entered. 153 photographs were submitted in the People category and 58 images in the Buckeye Pride Worldwide category.

A three-member judging panel reviewed all entries in the competition on the basis of artistic expression, creativity, originality, and quality of image. The judges honored one selection with the overall Best in Show award and selected first, second, and third place winners in each category. The judges also awarded honorable mention recognition to 30 photographs.

The 40 images selected for the exhibit were entered into an online People’s Choice vote through the Office of International Affairs Facebook page. More than 4,300 votes were cast and People’s Choice winners were chosen by the public in each category. Graduate student George Vaughn won People’s Choice - Places for his image taken in Germany, “Spiritual Breakthrough.” Undergraduate student Riley Dunbar’s photo from Venice, “A Woman Walking Her Dog” won the People’s Choice – People award. The Buckeye Pride Worldwide People’s Choice winner was “Marruecos” by Marcus Andrews, an undergraduate student.

Organized by the Office of International Affairs, the international photography competition and exhibition has taken place for fifteen years. View the current exhibition or browse past photography exhibitions online at http://oia.osu.edu/photo-contest. View the 2015 International Photography Exhibition on Facebook.