• Best in Show
    Lana Strathearn
    Priestly Blessing
    Numbers 6:22–27—The blessing Aaron and his descendants gave to the Israelites. Jewish priests continue this practice at the Western Wall.
    Jerusalem Center, winter 2015

  • Runner Up
    Sarah Wight
    Tango in Venice
    At this weekly tango event in one of the squares, I danced with Italians who didn’t speak English and met other travelers—dance spans culture and language.
    European Art History and Photography, spring 2015

  • Runner Up
    Hannah Trimble
    Abuelo y Nieto (Grandfather and grandson)
    Grandfather and grandson patiently waited by the wood pile in the kitchen, as tortillas were cooked over the comal. The grandson decided to try on his grandfather’s hat.
    Mexico Rural Literacy Internship, spring/summer 2015

  • Runner Up
    Rebecca Devonas
    At Play
    A Jordanian boy saw I was taking a picture of the students after their camel ride through the red rock of Petra and playfully began climbing the necks of the camels to get in the photo.
    Jerusalem Center, spring/summer 2015

  • Honorable Mention
    Reyna McGhie
    At Dawn
    At the Western Wall in early morning, a devout Jewish man studies the Torah while others pray and worship.
    Jerusalem Center, winter 2015

  • Honorable Mention
    Lauren Steimle
    Preparation for an extremely fresh sea to table meal at a restaurant on the edge of the water in Oia, Santorini, Greece.
    European Art History and Photography, summer 2015

  • Honorable Mention
    Alyssa White
    A Legacy of Strength
    Mother and daughter embrace a new reality as Syrian refugees in a foreign land.
    Jordan Intensive Arabic, fall 2014

  • Honorable Mention
    Zoe Smith
    Alma Gemela, Madrid
    “Alma Gemela” translates to “twin soul.” I saw things in her that I hope to be: Powerful, yet calm. Determined and capable. Unafraid to be herself.
    Madrid Study Abroad, fall 2014

  • Honorable Mention
    Katie Richards
    Pub Grub
    Pub food (comfort foods like fish and chips, meat pies, and potatoes) is a huge part of the culture in Great Britain. This pub in County Clare, Ireland, provided a history lesson with my meal.
    Cambridge Direct Enrollment Programme, summer 2015

  • Honorable Mention
    Brittany Paxton
    Paj ntaub On the Steps of Sapa
    Nthxais, a Hmong woman, sews paj ntaub, a traditional textile art, on a bag, which has has ritual and gender value for the Hmong, as well as being a common item sold to tourists.
    Southeast Asia Field School, spring/summer 2015

  • Honorable Mention
    Liam Smith
    Young and Determined
    Surprised to see white people in her rural Ugandan village, this little girl turned to face the camera, her body language an indication of her shyness.
    Individual Experience, Uganda, spring 2015

  • Honorable Mention
    Samantha Steed
    Keeping Watch
    An iconic guard protecting the Queen’s House (where she would stay when in need of protection), with doors painted her favorite bright blue. Historic Royal Palaces cares for the house, still readily available if she needed it.
    London Study Abroad, summer 2015

  • Honorable Mention
    Emily Bade
    Sunset on Lake Malawi
    At Cape Maclear, by happy coincidence, I captured these travelers heading home, silhouetted against the setting African sun on the banks of Lake Malawi.
    Media Arts Individual Experience, Malawi, summer 2015

  • Honorable Mention
    Clark Goldsberry
    Monks in the Dalai Lama Temple
    In Dharamsala, India, the Dalai Lama spoke to a massive crowd of devotees. We were researching the resilience, strength, creativity, and grit of these Tibetan refugees.
    Art Education Field School, Nepal/India, summer 2015

  • Best in Show
    Linsey Ybarra
    India, Fall 2013

  • Runner Up
    Brady Johnson
    Never Forget
    Global Business, Spring 2014

Photo Contest

The annual Kennedy Center Photo Contest invites compelling photographs from students who participated in BYU International Study Programs. Photos should capture the cultural essence of a global academic experience.


  • All entries must be photos taken while the participant was traveling or living abroad on a BYU International Study Program during fall 2016 or winter, spring, summer 2017.
  • Entries are limited to three (3) per person.
  • Images may not be digitally altered beyond standard optimization, such as cropping and color/contrast adjustments. Black and white photos are acceptable.
  • Submissions MUST be at least 4.0 MB, but 5.0 MB or larger image files are strongly encouraged. Submissions not meeting the size requirements will not be considered. Digital files are acceptable in JPG and TIFF formats.
  • Submissions should be labeled with the student’s last name as the file name. For example, if the student’s name was John Smith, and the student was submitting three images, they should be titled “smith1.jpg, smith2.jpg, smith3.jpg.”
  • Submit images by midnight on Friday, 29 September 2017 via e-mail to kcphotocontest@gmail.com with your name and BYU ID, and the semester and ISP program in which you participated. Please be careful to include all information.
  • A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded for “Best in Show” and other cash amounts will be awarded to the runners up and honorable mentions. Winners will be notified via e-mail, and all participants will be invited to an awards ceremony.
  • Winning photos will be displayed in the southwest hall gallery of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.
  • Submitted photos may also be used by the Kennedy Center for print, online, or other promotions.
  • The Kennedy Center reserves the right to refuse any entry.