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Winners Announced for Kennedy Center Photo Contest

Congratulations to the 2021–2022 International Study Program Photo Contest award winners, who were announced at the award ceremony on 8 December at the Kennedy Center.

Submissions must be from an ISP program (study abroad, internship, field school, or direct enrollment) that the student participated in during the previous academic year. Of the 400 submissions that were received this year, 12 photos were chosen They can be viewed now at the gallery wall in the Kennedy Center and at the photo contest page. Submissions, particularly winning photos, are used to promote ISP programs.

The judges, who consist of photography professors and people in ISP and elsewhere in the Kennedy Center, selected two best-in-show winners, Kendra Billman and Benjamin Williams, and runner-up Jared Wilson; they were all awarded cash prizes.

Benjamin Williams’s “Cuith-Raing” photo was taken on the Light and Truth study abroad in summer 2022. “The Isle of Skye has some of the greenest grasslands and mountains of the world. I will never forget hiking along the Cuith Raing loop in Scotland.”

Kendra Billman’s “Fire by Friction” photo was taken on a study abroad in Kilimanjaro in spring 2022. "While in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, we were welcomed into a Maasai village. Here they showed us how to make fire with friction and allowing the breeze to turn the smoke into a flame.”

Jared Wilson took his photo entitled “Tre Cime di Lavaredo” on the Light and Truth summer 2022 study abroad. “Dwarfed by these colossal peaks, I was reminded of the majesty of God's creations. Standing directly beneath them, breathing in the crisp, early morning air, I was in awe of the power that emanated from Tre Cime di Lavaredo.”

Honorable mentions are Olivia Carver, Asia Gillette, Alex Gold, Luke Eliason, Addie Sepulveda, Sarah Sowards Taylor, Lindsey Tippetts, Sarah Ward, and Ryan Wood.

Interested in entering your own photos? The contest runs each year, opening each fall semester for submissions from the previous academic year. Learn more here.